If diversity of landscape is what you’re after, then Oklahoma will have you covered for your next camping trip. From the Great Plains to hills, lakes, and forests, there are so many different options for landscapes in this state that it’s difficult to know where to start. So we’ve compiled our top recommendations for the best places to camp in Oklahoma, to help make your planning process a breeze.
Located just above Texas, and landlocked, Oklahoma is sometimes overlooked. But as all Okies will tell you, their state has some really stunning and interesting places to go camping. From monumental sand dunes to vast rivers and mountains, the topography of this state certainly isn’t repetitive. It also has a really interesting history, especially when considering the original inhabitants of the land. The state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words meaning red people, which was a phrase in the Choctaw language that described Native American people as a whole. It was envisioned by some, before its creation as a state, as an entirely Native American state.
Robbers Cave State Park is a state park in Latimer County, located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. It is located 5 miles north of Wilburton, Oklahoma, on State Highway 2, so it is easily accessible. Part of what makes this such a great location to visit is the interesting history of the area. It gets its name, and notoriety, for being a former hideout for famous outlaws, like Belle Starr and Jesse James.
Lakes, hiking trails, cliffs, and caves are all part of this state park, where you’ll want to explore the area for hours or days on end. The park and adjoining wildlife management area covers more than 8,000 acres and includes three lakes. People flock here from all over to go trout fishing in season, boating with a boat ramp, hunting and mountain biking. There are also trails for hikers and horses, sandstone cliffs for climbing and rappelling, and fall foliage viewing is particularly spectacular here. RV and tent campsites and equestrian campsites are also available for horseback riding.
If you’re planning on going equestrian camping in Oklahoma, our top pick is the Horse Heaven Ranch. You can bring your horse with you to this getaway in the Ouachita National Forest, but they don’t provide horse rentals. You’ll find 32 RV sites and luxury cabins at this resort where you can also find accommodations for your equine, with hitching posts and pens. Imagine waking up surrounded by beautiful views of the Ouachita National Forest, and the mountains surrounding you, and be able to take your stead out to explore this stunning landscape on an invigorating morning ride.
The Ouachita National Forest is the oldest National Forest in the southern United States. The forest encompasses 1,784,457 acres, and for our purposes it’s located in eastern Oklahoma, spreading out into the western part of Arkansas too. It includes most of the scenic Ouachita Mountains, and over 65,000 acres of the forest has been designated a wilderness area, meaning you can really immerse yourself in rugged nature in this spot.
Cobb, who worked to protect the Forest for the future generation in 1920, described the landscape. We don’t think we could say it better ourselves: “A visitor standing upon one of the many majestic peaks in the area of the proposed park is thrilled by a panoramic view that cannot be had elsewhere in the South Central States. With cheeks flushed by the invigorating mountain breezes, the mountain climber is rewarded by an inspiring view of countless and nameless peaks, mountain groups, dense forests, and inviting valleys, all merging into the distant horizon. … there are many mountain streams, now moving slowly in narrow but deep pools, then churning with savage ferocity down some water-worn precipice, leaving in its wake snow-white sprays”. Come here to be inspired by this historical National Forest.
3. Little Sahara State Park, Waynoka
Little Sahara State Park is a state park named for its resemblance to the Sahara Desert. The vast dunes have formed over thousands of years from terrace deposits, remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the entire area. This topographical wonder will truly mesmerize you, as you immerse yourself in this beautiful natural habitat. With over 1,600 acres of sand dunes, the main attraction at Little Sahara State Park is dune buggy and ATV riding across the sand dunes. Visitors can either bring their own ATV or rent one off-site by a private vendor. Either way, visitors will have a blast in this mini-desert atmosphere, known as one of the best riding spots for ATVs in the Midwest. It’s also a fun place to camp, and there are lots of options between the 143 tent sites, where you’ll have all the amenities you need.
If you’re looking for fun, entertaining activities for all the family, then Little Sahara State Park could be just the right option for you. With the sand dunes ranging from 25 to 75 feet, you’ll want to explore them by foot or buggy for hours on end. However, as a location just for camping, it’s not one we would recommend. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, and to go camping in a remote location, read on.
4. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur
If sand dunes aren’t your thing, then take a look at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Here you’ll find ample camping sites to get the peace and quiet you’re after, away from the excitable buggy-using crowds, by the tranquil lakes, springs and streams. Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a National Recreation Area situated in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains in south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur in Murray County. The Arbuckle Mountains offer some of the most beautiful views of Oklahoma, so it’s a great location for photography enthusiasts. You can also chill out and relax in the coolness of shaded streams or take a dip in a swimming hole: Little Niagara and Rock Creek bring waders and swimmers from all over.
From mountain trails and vistas to lakes and waterfalls to Native American culture, in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area you’ll have more than enough activities to fill a camping trip, and then some. What about going angling, and catching your dinner for the night, on Veterans Lake? Or for a more fast-paced activity, the Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent opportunities for motorboating, skiing, fishing, and swimming. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area offers six campgrounds. Three are located along the shores of the Lake of the Arbuckles and the other three offer views of Rock Creek or Travertine Creek. The Point campsites have been recently renovated making them some of the nicest in the area. All sites along the creek are for tents. Sites including electrical are in The Point or Buckhorn campgrounds.
For one of the top locations in the state to go family camping, we would recommend Eagle Bluff Resort. Here you can take you and your loved ones on days out on the Illinois River, for rafting, kayaking, or canoeing adventures. The Illinois River might be known for float trips, but there are many great places to camp in the area. Eagle Bluff has a late-night campsite for night owls, but has another section for families who want to be in bed by 11 p.m. so you know your family group won’t be woken up by latecomers. It’s even got a children’s playground, along with other amenities that every camper wants nearby.
If roughing it in nature isn’t your thing, and you are searching for more of a glamping experience, like yurts, then Eagle Bluff Resort might be right up your alley. Here there are really luxury amenities, like a beautiful bathhouse, that blows the showering facilities of many campgrounds out of the water. They also have some great quality restaurants overlooking the river, so you don’t even need to worry about cooking for your family. If you want to really get away from it all, want the cheaper price of camping, but don’t want to have to look out for your family at every turn, then this resort could give you all the tools you need to fully relax in the great outdoors.
Great Salt Plains State Park is an 840-acre Oklahoma state park located in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. It is located 8 miles north of Jet. The Great Salt Plains cover an area of 11,000 square miles, and is named because it’s covered with a layer of salt, left behind long ago by a prehistoric inland sea. Because of its geological history, this is one of the most unique parks in the state, and is well worth a visit, especially if you’re a geography nerd.
The Great Salt Plains Lake is located at the park and covers 9,300 acres, with 41 miles of shoreline for you to enjoy to your heart’s content. This is a shallow, salty lake with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper. The lake is about half as salty as the ocean, and visitors often swim here. You can also bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy a trip around the lake viewing the many migratory birds that pass through the area. Equestrians can bring their horses to ride designated trails, and there are nature trails to enjoy while taking in the scenery and burn calories while hiking.
7. Roman Nose State Park, Watonga
Roman Nose State Park is one of the original seven Oklahoma state parks, and as you’ll see, there’s a good reason for it being one of the earliest parks in the state. Visit here to immerse yourself in the stunning natural landscape of canyons, gypsum rock cliffs, and three natural springs. If you’re a golfer, or you’d like to try the sport as an excellent opportunity to fully immerse yourself in this stunning habitat, you’re in luck. Located within the park is the Roman Nose State Park Golf Course: an 18-hole, par 70 course which offers sloping bent grass greens, Bermuda grass tees and fairways, natural hazards, lake views, canyon walls, and mesas.
There are so many things to do in this park, you’ll never get bored. Recreational activities at this state park include an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing in season, canoeing, paddle boats, mountain biking, horse stables and hayrides by reservation. Rentals include canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and mountain bikes. Swimming in the lakes is not allowed, but fishing and no-wake boating are welcome. In terms of camping experiences, this park also offers unique trips, as it’s one of the few places where you can actually rent a tepee for an overnight camping experience. Seeing as the park itself is named after a Cheyenne chief, we think this is rather fitting.
8. Alabaster Cavern State Park, Freedom
Alabaster Caverns State Park is a 200-acre state park approximately 4.5 miles south of Freedom. It’s one of the most popular parks in the area, and thousands visit here every year. The reason for this is that it contains Alabaster Cavern, the largest natural gypsum cave in the world that is open to the public. There are only 12 tent sites which are first-come-first-serve, so don’t come here if you only want an excellent camping experience. There are also 11 reservable RV sites, so remember to book ahead. This is more the site, with camping for convenience, for avid cave lovers and geography enthusiasts.
If you’re looking to push yourself, and try something new, try wild caving at the park. Better known as spelunking, Alabaster Caverns is home to four caves that are maintained especially for wild caving. Caves range in length from 550 feet to 1,600-ft, so there is an incredible depth and range of spaces for you to explore here. You can get permits of wild caving at the camp office, and sometimes the caves are closed for wild caving due to the hibernating bats, so we’d recommended properly researching all the rules and restrictions before planning your trip around this unique activity.
9. Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore
Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma’s largest state park, containing over 12,500 acres of relative wilderness, and the whopping 5,700-acre Lake Murray. This park doesn’t just center on the lake, but also will provide you with an excess of forested, rolling hills around the lake, with diverse terrain, exceptional trails and historic sites scattering this much-loved state park. Staying at the park is easy with your choice of nine RV parks with hookups, 500 sites for tent camping, 56 cabins, and a modern lodge. If you’re looking for something a little more glamorous, check out one of the park’s cabins, many of which are historic structures built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. These state park cabins feature everything from cozy cottages for two up to large family-size cabins.
Lake Murray has a fishing pier on the lake and you’ll find many different areas to pitch a tent. Fishing, boating and a variety of water sports are enjoyed on the 5,728 surface acres of Lake Murray. Outdoor activities include golf, picnicking, camping, trail riding, hayrides, hiking, swimming, miniature golf, and paddle boating. Sports facilities include a golf course, tennis courts, and softball and baseball fields. With nearly 1,000 acres of trails for ATVs, motorcycles and dirt bikes, thrill-seekers have plenty of terrain to adventure.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the second-largest canyon in the U.S., only beat out by the Grand Canyon. If you’re an Oklahoma local, and haven’t visited here already, this location has to be next on the top of your list. It is a truly unique experience just a four-hour drive from Oklahoma City. Traveling out to the canyon feels like any normal, flat drive through the panhandle of Texas, but the drop-off into the canyon when you first see it will take your breath away. We would recommend the Mesquite campground at the back of the canyon: it might take the longest to get to, but it’s the most secluded, so it is worth it to avoid the crowds.
Oklahoma will surprise you with its varied landscapes and breathtaking vistas. From National Parks to State Forests, from Red Rock Canyon to the sand dunes, this state is naturally varied and beautiful. What more could you want from your next best camping trip? All over the state there are multiple camping opportunities available, from primitive campsites to large campgrounds, and RV parks with full hookups. There’s something here for everyone, not just in terms of views to activities, but also in the various camping accommodations the state has to offer.
Bonus tip: To get a taste of Oklahoma’s strange and amazing landscapes, have a look at this video!
Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments
Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.
Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement
The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.
The psychological thrill
In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently.
The benefits of embracing the edge
Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.
The balance of risk and reward
While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger.
Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.
Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.
Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails
Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news.
The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise.
Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails.
Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important?
Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy.
The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources.
These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources.
Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important:
- Allows for sustainable rural development
This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy.
- Test new technologies
Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy.
- Improving the effect of climate change
Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air.
Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air.
- This leads to job creation
Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms.
The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails
Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors.
Embracing the Use of Green Technology
Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails.
By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment.
The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it.
Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors
Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive.
Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources.
Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty
The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes.
Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem.
Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before.
Providing Health and Wellness Benefits
Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being.
Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy
These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses.
This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists.
Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants.
From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market.
Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit https://outsidebozeman.com.
Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance
Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.
If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.
Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool
Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.
Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.
Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks
Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.
Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.
Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions
Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.
Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner
A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.
Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight
A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.
Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.
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