The 8 Best Adventures In Oklahoma

Explore the best of the Sooner State.

By: Korey Taylor
December 9, 2015

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For many people who haven’t explored Oklahoma, it might hold the reputation of being nothing more than flat land that doesn’t offer much to the adventure goer. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Oklahoma is actually one of the most geographically diverse states in the entire United States and is one of only four states that have 10 distinct ecological regions. From the four mountain ranges to the wetlands of the southeast corner, there’s an adventure for everyone. Check out this list and start mapping out your next adventure in the Sooner State.

1. Hike the Wichita Mountains’ Bison Trail

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The Wichita Mountains rise rather dramatically from the flat plains of Southwest Oklahoma that surround them. In 1901, the roughly 59,000 acres of land were established as a wildlife refuge to preserve endangered species and to reintroduce animals that had once been eliminated from the area. Today, this is a wonderful spot to observe wildlife, hike, and camp. The Bison Trail is the longest in the refuge and offers spectacular views of the lake and surrounding area. Learn more.

2. Photograph the View from Mount Scott

Photo: Jamie Fleck

Mount Scott is on the eastern border of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and is the most prominent peak in the range at 2,464 ft. The easiest way to reach the summit is by car on the three mile long paved road that takes you to the top. From there you have a breathtaking view of the Wichita Mountain Range and, if you time it right, can watch a stunning sunset over the peaks. Learn more.

3. Swim at Turner Falls

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Turner Falls is situated in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma and is one of the largest waterfalls in the state at 77 feet tall. In addition to the beautiful waterfall there are caves to explore and trails to hike. During the warmer months it offers a perfect escape to swim, relax, and cool off. Learn more.

4. Explore the Lower Fork River Beaver’s Bend SP

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The Lower Mountain Fork River runs through the south end of Beaver’s Bend State Park located near the beautiful Broken Bow Lake. The winding river flows under towering cliffs and near gorgeous cypress trees. Beaver’s Bend also puts on a spectacular fall foliage show during the first few weeks of November. There are so many different adventures for visitors here like hiking, camping, canoeing, or trout fishing, so there’s an option for everyone! Learn more.

5. Relax at Natural Falls

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Natural Falls are located within Natural Falls State Park in the scenic Ozark Highlands near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. The drive to Natural Falls will offer beautiful rolling hills and dense forests lining the highway. The falls themselves cascade into a V-shaped valley and create a serene atmosphere hidden among the rocks and trees. The falls can be seen from overlooks, trails, and boardwalks and is a gem of Northeastern Oklahoma. The falls can be dependent on rainfall, so the best time to visit is after a heavy rain! Learn more.

6. Hike the Mountain Trail to the Bluffs

Photo: Jamie Fleck

The Bluffs are situated in the Sans Bois Mountains overlooking Carlton Lake in the scenic, hilly woodlands of Robber’s Cave State Park. Robber’s Cave gained its name after the infamous outlaws Belle Star and Jesse James made it their hideout during the Civil War Era. In addition to the rich history in the park, the Mountain Trail offers stunning scenery along the nearly three and a half mile trail. This is another fantastic spot to witness beautiful fall foliage. Learn more.

7. Camp at Reasoner Point

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Reasoner Point is located in the beautiful Hochatown State Park just north of Beaver’s Bend State Park. Hochatown is more geared towards water activities at Broken Bow Lake and offer many drive-in campsites. Reasoner Point offers the most secluded spot along the lake and a stunning shoreline that has a pre-established fire ring to make a roaring bonfire to hang around in the evening. There’s also very little light pollution over the lake so there’s opportunity to witness a beautiful night sky camping here. Learn more.

8. Summit Elk Mountain

Photo: Jamie Fleck

Elk Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Wichita Wildlife Refuge at 2,270 ft. Once you reach the summit, the best view is looking south towards Mount Lincoln. This summit trail is the perfect introduction to hiking these mountain ranges and offers an easier hike for people to enjoy the beautiful Wichitas’ Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area without the larger commitment to hike some of the more strenuous trails. Learn more.

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Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.