Most People Have No Idea Oklahoma Has A Lost National Park…And It’s Stunning

In 1902, before Oklahoma was even a state, Platt National Park was established as the seventh National Park in the history of the U.S. through a contract with the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the federal government. Platt National Park was located at the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and in 1976 became Chickasaw National Recreation Area after merging with the Arbuckle Recreation Area.

Why would the national government take away its National Park status? It’s believed that the federal government thought it would bring in more visitors giving it a fresh name change. It’s hard to find evidence that Platt National Park once existed, but historic maps and old documents help us remember this piece of Oklahoma history.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

To learn more about the natural springs in Chickasaw National Recreation Area, click here.