Top 8 Hiking And Trekking Spots In Oklahoma, USA

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Oklahoma, which is known as the “Sooner State”, resides in the South Central of the United States. More than 50 languages are spoken in the state. It is home to thousands of state parks. From the high, mighty mountains to the glistening lakes, it is no wonder that Oklahoma is a popular place for nature and adventure lovers to go hiking and trekking. Once you have chosen a state park, you will be able to choose the different trails that will be accessible to you. Whether you are an expert or a newbie to hiking and trekking, Oklahoma has varying levels of adventure and experience in store for you. It’s time to grab your boots, backpack, and experience Oklahoma’s nature and wildlife. Check out the top hiking and trekking spots in Oklahoma.

1. Robbers Cave State Park

Robbers Cave Trailhead
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The Rough Canyon Trail is one of the trail treks in Robbers Cave State Park and is located near Wilburton, Oklahoma. When trekking, you will occasionally be able to overlook a scenic mountain and a lake. However, when trekking on this trail it will be easier for experts since the trail is rather difficult. The park offers overnight accommodations in cabins, lodge and lake huts, and two other camp facilities. The accommodation comes fully equipped with kitchen wares, satellite TV, and shower. There are many recreational activities in the park such as a mini-golf course, paddleboat rentals and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV); the park is also family-friendly. It is a perfect getaway from the busy city life.

Robbers Cave State Park

Address: 4575 Northwest 1024th Ave, Wilburton, OK 74578, United States

Website: Robbers Cave State Park

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 6pm; Fri - Sat: 8am - 8pm

Price: Free entry

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2. Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park

Red Rock Canyon SP sign
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The park has several different trails for you to choose from. It offers you the option of five usable trails and they range from 0.6 miles (1 kilometre) to 3.9 miles (6.3 kilometres). It is a favourite among rappellers. If you are looking for a short adventure, Rough Horsetail Nature Trail is the shortest loop trail and is about less than a mile. The park is accessible all year round and it is located near Hinton, west-central of Oklahoma. They are also pet-friendly. However, you have to keep your pets on leash. It is perfect if you need a short getaway to experience the geographical formations.

Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park

Address: 116 Red Rock Canyon Rd, Hinton, OK 73047, United States

Website: Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: 5 USD onward

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3. Black Mesa Summit Trail

Black Mesa State Park
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The estimated 8 miles (12.87 kilometres) trail is perfect for a family trip. The trail is located at Kenton, Oklahoma. It will take about four hours depending on how you pace yourself. The trail is a steady climb for you to reach to the top. It is a lot of hard work and you will need to be in good shape. When you reach the top, your hard work pays off as you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the landscape. Be sure to stay hydrated as it can get incredibly hot. Also, beware of snakes!

Black Mesa Summit Trail

Address: County Rd 325, Kenton, OK 73946

Website: Black Mesa Summit Trail

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free Entry

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4. Elk Mountain

Upside Down Bolder on Elk Mountain - panoramio
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Elk Mountain is a part of Wichita Mountains and is amongst the most precious gems when hiking in Oklahoma. It is approximately 100 km (62 mi) away from Oklahoma City. You need to be in good shape as it is a continuous gradual climb. Climbing up this mountain has a longer and more difficult approach as compared to other trails. Furthermore, Elk Mountain hosts four different climbing areas which are Elk Slabs, Pear and Apple, the Treasure Cove and Secret Agent Dome. When you reach the top, you will be greeted with the view of Charon Garden Wilderness. No wonder, it remains as one of the most beloved places to climb. Be sure to spot a colourful boomer lizard.

Elk Mountain

Address: 32 Refuge Headquarters Road, Indiahoma, OK 73552, United States

Website: Elk Mountain

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free entry

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5. Roman Nose State Park

Roman Nose State Park
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One of the original seven Oklahoma State Parks is Roman Nose State Park. There are hiking trails. Not only will you get to hike, but recreational activities are available such as a swimming pool, golf course, horseback riding and some water activities, just to name a few. Campsites are located throughout the park which makes it great for family outings. With so many outdoor activities to do, one day will definitely not be enough. Consider an overnight stay instead.

Roman Nose State Park

Address: 3236 OK-8A, Watonga, OK 73772, United States

Website: Roman Nose State Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (dailly)

Price: Free entry

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6. Osage Hills State Park

Osage Hills State Park
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Enjoy the calm surroundings at a rural park, Osage Hills State Park. The park is located at the northeast of Oklahoma. You might be able to catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife such as deers or turkeys. Accommodation is available and you will be able to book a cabin which has everything you need. You can hike Creek Loop Trail which is around 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) long.

Osage Hills State Park

Address: 2131 Park Rd, Pawhuska, OK 74056, United States

Website: Osage Hills State Park

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

Price: Free entry

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7. Dripping Springs Trail

Dripping Springs is one of the fantastic trails in Natural Falls State Park. The route type is loop and rather short which is about 1-mile (1.6 kilometres) long. Hence, it is perfect for beginner to intermediate levels. It takes about an hour or two to complete the trail. Additionally, if you need a short break, this trail is just for you. The park allows pets, however, they need to be leashed at all times. What makes the trail so attractive is that there is a waterfall.

Dripping Springs Trail

Address: US Highway 412 West, Colcord, OK 74338, United States

Website: Dripping Springs Trail

Opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free entry

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8. Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail

The park has many trails for locals and tourists to choose from. One of the trails in Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness is the Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail. It is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The trail is looped and it stretches about almost 5 miles (8 kilometres) long. The place is apparently popular for its mountain biking too. It is very convenient for locals since it is about a 9 minutes’ drive from the city to the park. Next to the park is Tulsa’s well-known river, Arkansas River.

Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail

Address: 68th and Elwood, Tulsa, OK 74127

Website: Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free entry

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An experience for all

You can choose from the different trails and opt for the one that suits your needs. It is a great opportunity to bond with your family on a vacation or if you simply need some time to disconnect from your daily life. Make a plan with your friends or fellow hikers as this poses a grand opportunity for you. With so many activities and state parks to choose from, you will certainly not be disappointed with the scenic views.

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