Planning an out-of-state trip? Consider visiting a spot that’s closer to home.
Not only will you save money on gas and plane tickets, but you’ll have the opportunity to fall in love with Oklahoma all over again.
There is a common misconception that the Sooner state is nothing but rolling plains and farmland. While our major highways are often lined with empty fields, there is much more to Oklahoma than meets the eye.
Take the time to explore mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes, and ancient caves all within a few hour’s drive.
There is much to be discovered in this great state of ours. All you have to do is look!
11. Arbuckle Mountains
Located off of I35 in Davis, OK is a wonder of nature most Oklahomans know and love.
These mountains are a welcome sight when traveling to Texas, indicating you’ll soon reach the Red River.
The Arbuckle Mountains are known as some of the oldest mountains on the entire planet. They are home to many memories of summer camp, hiking, and cool water.
10. Black Mesa State Park & Natural Preserve
This breathtaking view of rolling hills and plateaus is located out in the Oklahoma Panhandle near the tri-state border.
Here you will find the highest point in the entire state at 4,973 feet. Black Mesa’s name comes from a layer of dark lava rock that covered the area approximately 30-million years ago.
The preserve hosts a number of rare plants and animals, making it the perfect spot for birdwatchers any time of the year.
9. Natural Falls State Park
Don’t you just want to dive right in? Pictured here is Natural Falls State Park’s 77-foot waterfall cascading into the valley.
Located along the Oklahoma/Arkansas border, this serene getaway features a railed platform where hikers enjoy a view they’ll never forget.
While swimming is prohibited in the park itself, visitors are welcome to take a dip in the designated swimming areas located nearby.
8. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Located in Sulphur, OK, this close-to-home oasis features a fabulous view of lush greenery set below ancient rock formations.
It is said that CNRA’s landscape is the result of thousands of years of erosion, aided by flowing rivers and underground waterways.
The land is riddled with wildlife and naturally occurring marvels that are sure to please the eyes and fulfill your yearning for adventure.
7. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Outside the busy city of Lawton, OK lies the vast and rigid terrain of the Wichita Mountains.
Here hikers will find many peaks to climb, allowing them the rare opportunity to witness natural beauty from every angle.
As a wildlife refuge, it is home to rare animal species such as the American Bison. They are the largest mammal native to America, and can be seen grazing on any given day.
6. Robbers Cave State Park
When visiting Robbers Cave one might forget to explore above ground, but you don’t want miss out on this awe-inspiring sight.
These rocky woodlands are located among the Sans Bois Mountains in the southeast region of the state.
The state park itself consists of over 8,246 acres of lakes, trails, and gorgeous sandstone formations.
5. Beavers Bend State Park
Along the shores of Broken Bow lake, the mountains of Beavers Bend line the horizon.
Make your way through forests of pine and up high cliffs to discover what is perhaps the most amazing sunrise in all of Oklahoma.
It is a popular destination for those who are looking to get back to nature and leave the troubles of the world behind them.
4. Okmulgee Lake
Named after the nearby town of Okmulgee, this popular lake hosts an array of outdoor actives in a peaceful setting.
Back in the 1930s, monuments of sandstone were built to overlook the lake, offering Oklahomans a better view of the land around them.
Autumn is deemed the best time to visit due to the changing colors of the enormous oak trees, however, I encouraged you to enjoy the scenery no matter season.
3. Turner Falls
Nestled within the Arbuckles, Turner Falls is without a doubt the most popular destination for Oklahoma nature lovers.
Here visitors are invited to swim, fish, and enjoy the water overall. Personally, I have never seen water so clear!
The 77-foot tall waterfall draws attention from all around the region. Hike along winding trails to catch a glimpse of it on your way to one of the park’s many caves.
2. Tom Steed Reservoir
Located in Kiowa county, Tom Steed Reservoir is known for being one of the best fishing sites in the state.
Other than fish, visitors will find a wide-open sky that reflects clearly on the lake. The view is quite magical from atop the many rock formations scattered across the area.
Although the decay of winter possesses its own unique charm, springtime brings the glory of waving green grass, creating a warm and tranquil atmosphere.
1. Quartz Mountain Resort & Nature Park
Just 2 hours away from Oklahoma City, this park offers an other-wordily view that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.
The Quartz Mountains Resort is a popular vacation spot and honeymoon destination. With views like this, that comes as no surprise!
Here visitors have access to hiking trails, boat rentals, and even an amusement park. Venture to Baldy Point for a challenging rock climbing experience.
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