There’s a reason Oklahomans are more likely to camp than the average American: Home to the country’s most diverse terrain mile-for-mile, Oklahoma comprises more than just the Great Plains. Camping in Oklahoma’s 10 distinct ecoregions–claiming four mountain ranges, sprawling forests, balmy swamps, 28 state parks, and more dam-created lakes than any other state—gives you access to more varied recreation opportunities within a short drive than you’ll find almost anywhere else.
You can’t go camping in Oklahoma without visiting Lake Texoma, the 12th-largest lake in the US. Spanning the southern Texas-Oklahoma border (hence the name), the biggest of the Sooner State’s 200-plus lakes provides more than 90,000 surface acres of water primed for sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, and especially fishing: Lake Texoma claims more than 70 species of fish, including Striped Bass impressive enough to make it the Striper Capital of the World. Make sure to pick up a fishing license!
Out of the water, Lake Texoma campers can observe migratory birds and wild hogs in two wildlife preserves, lead horses through 25 miles of equestrian trails, hike 14 miles along lakeside bluffs, and retire to one of more than 700 campsites. Plenty of showers, toilets, potable water points, and RV hookups mean campers have the option to sleep rugged or glamp easy.
When you’ve had your fill of sand and surf, travel to the opposite end of the state for Alabaster Caverns State Park. When an inland sea evaporated millions of years ago, it left behind a real gem: gypsum deposits that developed into some of the world’s largest crystal caves open to tours and wild caving. The biggest highlights of Alabaster Caverns State Park are a three-quarter-mile, 50-foot-tall main cavern, natural bridges, five species of bats, RV camping right near the caves, and best of all, the opportunity to camp in a cavern with a waterfall. For $40, you can rent the Water Cavern, which includes raised sleeping platforms and the option to sleep outside if need be.
Give everyone in your party easy access to the recreation of their choice by camping in Oklahoma only an hour or two from state capitol. Oklahoma City is smack-dab in the center of Oklahoma, making it easy to get a dose of nature without straying too far from nightlife in the state’s biggest metro area. Hike to 2,500 feet and rock climb routes in the storied Wichita Mountains, then explore all 12,500 acres of Lake Murray State Park—the state’s oldest and biggest state park.
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We stayed at Bobcat tent camping and loved it the spots were spaced enough apart where you are not on top of other campers the spots were very clean also the front office is great at helping out if you want to move spots last minute I will say we had no service at all so be prepared for that :)
We absolutely loved this park. We got a last minute reservation and got only site we could. We do not recommend DF004. It is a small site right on top of neighbors. The good thing is there are bike/hike trails attached to loop. The bouldering was so much fun and my kids played for hours. We would love to go back to some of their better sites.
I don’t know if it’s an Oklahoma thing but the wind was crazy making tent camping a little rough. I’m not used to what’re gnat like bug they have so plan accordingly they are attracted mostly to light but swarm both day and night. I wear a hat with a net so they don’t bother me. We were visited in our sleep by raccoons trying to get in our tent. The bathrooms have 2 shower stalls, one has a curtain and one has a low door so people can see in while you shower. If you need water bring a short hose the water options are wide open or dripping. The spaces are a good size and it is a nice clean place. Cell service is very limited going in and out of no service.
We stayed one night in an RV. The sites were not too close together, and we had friendly people on both sides. There were a lot of other families and my boys enjoyed playing with some other kids. The hiking trails were amazing and all in all just a beautiful setting for camping. The bathrooms were a little dirty and one toilet got clogged, but maintenance came right out to fix it. Would love to return.
The park was very busy but surprisingly quiet after dark. Fishing in the river by the spillway was very nice. When we were there the park was currently looking for a camp host (help wanted sign). With the camp host vacancy there was no one to police the rules and people parked all over the grass.
We tent camped here at Tent Hill site C. Had a grassy site which was nice. It was kind of close to D but we had good neighbors. Also, one of the benches at the picnic table was gone. Maybe it was an ADA site. Had a fire ring and lantern pole. Just across the road from the bathroom.
There are some good trails here. But they are in the process of making some changes and the maps are only partially accurate for the time being. We hiked to the old CCC camp and saw some old buildings and stuff.
There is a playground at the bottom of the hill. It’s a bit of a trek back up.
I suggest hiking down to the “waterfalls” on the river and spending some time.