In Oklahoma, summers are all about barbeques, family get-togethers, and spending time at the lake. What better way is there to accomplish all three of those things than to go camping? Oklahoma holds some truly beautiful and mesmerizing sceneries, and those places make great camping spots. Whether you want to go primitive or in luxury, this article will highlight the best places to go camping organized by region. That's right, no matter where you live in the Sooner state, you will be able to find a camping destination close by.
The Best Camping Sites in Northeast Oklahoma
Northeast Oklahoma is most notable for being the region of the second-largest city in the state, but it also holds some of the most stunning landscapes Oklahoma has to offer.
Located outside of Braggs, OK, is Greenleaf State Park. Home to some of the lushest, mountainous terrain in NE Oklahoma, Greenleaf State Park has something to offer for all your camping needs. Rustic cabins are available as well as plenty of RV and primitive campsites. This place includes a nature center, hiking trails, swimming beaches, and much more.
If tubing is on your summer bucket list, then the Illinois River float trips out of Tahlequah is the place for you to visit. There are many canoe and tube outfitters to choose from and campsites and lodging. You haven't truly experienced summer in Oklahoma until you have floated the river in Tahlequah.
About as northeast as you can go in Oklahoma is Grand Lake State Park. Grand lake winds along the Neosho River and covers an astonishing 46,000 square acres. This is one of the largest lakes in Oklahoma. Grand Lake State Park is divided into six major areas, each offering family fun. Primitive and luxury camping is in abundance here, along with the fun.
The Best Camping Sites in Southeast Oklahoma
Southeast Oklahoma is far more mountainous and forested than any other part of the state. This region contains most of the Ouachita Mountains, the Arbuckle Mountains, and five other mountain ranges.
One of the true wonders of Oklahoma is located just north of Broken Bow. Beavers Bend State Park is truly a remarkable place to take the family to experience outdoor beauty at its finest. This place has everything to offer, from beautiful campsites tucked away in the forests to luxurious cabins. It is a must-see for natives of Oklahoma and those just passing through.
Robbers Cave State Park has probably the most remarkable history of any state park in Oklahoma. This state park is located in the beautiful, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains just north of Wilburton. Robbers Cave offers many activities such as rappelling, equestrian hiking, and cave exploring. This is also home to Robbers Cave, a former favorite hideout of historic outlaws like Belle Starr and Jesse James. You can't forget that Robbers Cave State Park also has many camping facilities to accommodate your stay.
Southeast holds the second largest lake in Oklahoma, so big it extends into two states. Lake Texoma is a great place to plan your fishing trips and family camping getaways.
The Best Camping Sites in Southwest Oklahoma
Southwest Oklahoma is a dramatic change from the scenery on the state's eastern side. Here, you will find fewer forests, more grasslands, and crop fields. The beauty, though, is still plenty in this region.
The main attraction here in Southwest Oklahoma has to be the Wichita Mountains. This mountain range has a slight desert vibe to it instead of the greener ranges to the east. Hiking and camping are still in abundance in this region. From places like Medicine Park to the lookout atop Mount Scott, the Wichita Mountains will provide you and your family with a memorable experience. One of the true marvels you will be able to witness is the enormous free-range buffalo and longhorn.
Red Rock Canyon also offers excellent hiking, glamping, and nature watching. Located just south of Hinton, Red Rock Adventures is a place where you can take the family for a fun day in nature or reserve a few spots to sleep under the stars. This place also offers swimming and has RV sites.
The Best Camping Sites in Northwest Oklahoma
Northwest Oklahoma is much like Southwest, in which the trees are fewer, and the plains are vaster. Yet, there are some fascinating places to visit and have enjoyable camping experiences.
One of the main attractions in this region is for all the ATV, dirt bike, and four-wheeler enthusiasts. Little Sahara State Park is one of the most unique places in the country. This treasure is 1,600 acres of dunes in the middle of western Oklahoma terrain. These dunes are as high as 75 feet and were formed in prehistoric times due to the Cimarron River that once flowed through this land. Truly a marvel, Little Sahara offers many campsites, RV sites, and multiple picnic areas for the family. Located south of Waynoka, this place will bring a memorable camping adventure.
Tucked away in far Northwest Oklahoma is Black Mesa State Park. This is a stargazer's paradise. With only the town of Kenton, OK, nearby (population of about 17), there is virtually no light pollution. This guarantees a crystal clear view of the stars on any cloudless night. Black Mesa also offers a bed and breakfast and camping sites that you can take advantage of while taking in the most spectacular view of the stars you'll ever see.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE PARKS
- Alabaster Caverns State Park
- Arrowhead State Park
- Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park
- Beavers Bend State Park
- Beavers Bend State Park - Hochatown Area
- Bernice State Park
- Black Mesa State Park Nature Preserve
- Boiling Springs State Park
- Cherokee Landing State Park
- Cherokee State Park
- Clayton Lake State Park
- Disney/Little Blue State Park