Who’s ready to pitch a tent and camp out at one of Oklahoma’s extraordinary camping sites? Or maybe you’re one that prefers camping in an RV? Either way, we found 9 camping spots that will delight both groups of adventure seekers. So get those sleeping bags, marshmallows and supplies ready because these beautiful camping spots are calling your name:
1. Black Mesa State Park, Kenton
Located in Oklahoma's panhandle, Black Mesa State Park not only boasts the highest point in the state (4,973 ft.), but it also has a unique topography - black lava rock coated mesas and a southwestern feel. The hiking trails offer stunning views of the area that you won't find anywhere else in the state. Many astronomers flock to Black Mesa as it offers some of the darkest nighttime skies in the country. The camping facility offers 34 RV sites with water and electric hookups, along with 23 tent sites. Camping is allowed in the state park, but not within the nature preserve area.
2. Red Rock Canyon, Hinton
The stunning backdrop of the red canyon walls make Red Rock Canyon a prime camping spot in west central Oklahoma. The park has lots of hiking trails and is best-known for rappelling. The camping site offers RV sites, primitive tent sites and plenty of picnic areas. It is recommended to only bring RVs less than 40 ft. due to the steep and winding roads.
3. Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman
For a campground close enough to the city but far enough to feel secluded, visit Lake Thunderbird State Park near Norman. The park has all the water activities on Lake Thunderbird and the park offers many outdoor recreational activities to keep the whole family happy, including equestrian trails, a nature center, an archery range and several hiking trails. The campgrounds offer 200 RV sites with 30 full hookups and many primitive campsites. Restroom facilities and picnic shelters are also available to visitors.
4. Honey Creek State Park, Grove
Take a trip to Grand Lake and explore Honey Creek State Park for a prime camping location in Grove. The 38-acre park offers RV sites with lake views, 100 tent sites, a fishing dock, swimming pool, picnic tables and much more.
5. Lake Eufaula, Eufaula
Lake Eufaula, the largest lake in Oklahoma, offers a wide variety of activities to make your camping trip enjoyable. Boat rentals, marinas, fishing, boat ramps, nature center, ATV riding trails, hunting, hiking and biking are just a few of Eufaula's amenities and activities. RV and tent camping can be found all around the park, some with beautiful lake views.
6. Quartz Mountain Nature Park, Lone Wolf
Located along the shores of Lake Altus-Lugert in southwestern Oklahoma, Quartz Mountain Nature Park offers 5 campgrounds that include 119 RV sites and 99 primitive campsites. The area also has an amusement park, hiking trails, fishing boating and rock climbing.
7. Kaw Lake, Ponca City
If you're looking to fish and camp, Kaw Lake might just be the perfect place for you. Kaw Lake is known for producing some of the largest catfish in Oklahoma. Park your RV or pitch your tent at Bear Creek Cove Campground for lakeside camping that offers all the amenities.
8. Greenleaf State Park, Braggs
Greenleaf State Park has been nominated as "Park of the Year" numerous times due to its beautiful area and friendly staff. Greenleaf has 5 camping areas and includes an upper and lower section in the park. RV and tent camping are both popular, so book reservations ahead of time. Greenleaf also offers some of the best hiking in the state and has trails for all skill levels.
9. Alabaster State Park, Freedom
Alabaster State Park is famous for its gypsum cave - the largest one in the country open to the public - but its also a great spot to go camping. The park offers RV and tent camping with all the amenities campers are looking for. You'll also enjoy the soothing sounds of the rushing water from a little stream nearby the campground. Make sure to bring all the necessary supplies, as the campground is in a remote area.
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