The Best Outdoor Activities in Oklahoma
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Swim at Turner Falls
Oklahoma / Turner Falls Main Entrance
Turner Falls is situated in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma and at 77-feet tall is the largest waterfall in the state.
Relax at Natural Falls
Oklahoma / Dripping Springs Trail Head
Natural Falls is located within Natural Falls State Park in the scenic Ozark Highlands near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border.
Climb at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Oklahoma / Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
The Wichita Mountains is a paradise for those trapped in the flat lands of Oklahoma and Texas! From Oklahoma City it's approx. 2 hours 15 minutes, and from Dallas/Ft Worth (TX) approx. 4 hours.
Photograph the View from Mount Scott
Oklahoma / Mount Scott Observation Area
Nestled on the east side of the picturesque Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge is the magnificent Mount Scott, rising 2,464 feet above sea level.
Hike the Wichita Mountains' Bison Trail
Oklahoma / Bison Trailhead
The Wichita Mountains rise rather dramatically from the flat plains of Southwest Oklahoma that surround them.
Hike the Mountain Trail to the Bluffs
Oklahoma / Mountain Trail Trailhead
In the heart of the picturesque Sans Bois Mountains, is Robbers Cave State Park.
Explore the Lower Mountain Fork River, Beavers Bend SP
Oklahoma / Launch for the Mountain Fork River
Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma is known for its captivating foliage in the fall; however, another distinct feature that it offers is the Lower Mountain Fork River.
Kayak the Illinois River
Oklahoma / Illinois River Store, Oklahoma
From Tulsa, head out east along US-412 until you reach US-82. Take Exit 6 and go right (south) along US-82 until you reach E Steely Hollow Rd. Turn left and follow E Steely Hollow Rd.
Summit Elk Mountain
Oklahoma / Elk Mountain Trail
Elk Mountain is one of the tallest granite peaks in the beautiful Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Camp at Reasoner Point
Oklahoma / Reasoner Point
Reasoner Point is located in Hochatown State Park along the shoreline of Broken Bow Lake.
Underground Urbexing in Tulsa
Oklahoma / 21st Street to Centennial Park Tunnel
Park at the Blue Rose restaurant’s parking lot on Riverside Drive and head south along the trail until you reach the 23rd Street Bridge.
Hike to Little Niagara Falls
Oklahoma / Little Niagara Falls Parking Lot
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is located in Sulphur, Oklahoma which is located about 10 miles to the east of I-40.
Camp at Doris Campground in the Wichita Mountains
Oklahoma / Doris Campground
In the western part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, nestled right on scenic Quanah Parker Lake is Doris Campground.
Backpack the Horsethief Springs Trail
Oklahoma / Horse Thief Springs Trail
Park your car in the east parking lot at Cedar Lake and you will find the trailhead on the southeast side of the lot. You will immediately head south on the Horse Thief Springs Trail.
Hike the Rough Canyon Trail past the Cattail Pond Junction
Oklahoma / Rough Canyon Trail Head
Located west of the infamous Robbers Cave, the alleged hideout of outlaws Jesse James and Belle Star, is the picturesque Rough Canyon Trail.
Hike the Ankle Express Trail to the Swinging Bridge
Oklahoma / Ankle Express Hiking Trailhead
With beautiful lakeside views and a swinging bridge as a destination, the Ankle Express hiking trail in Greenleaf State Park provides a decent amount of uphill hiking and scenery.
Climb at Quartz Mountain - Baldy Point
Oklahoma / Quartz Mountain - Baldy Point
Quartz Mountain (also known as Baldy Point) is a granite paradise for climbers; hosting some of the state's longest and most challenging climbs! Friction is the name of the game here! The routes vary.
Hike the Roman Nose State Park Loop
Oklahoma / Roman Nose State Park
Roman Nose State Park is a great weekend getaway that offers plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. There are 4 interconnected trails that are easily accessible.
Hike the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Loop
Oklahoma / McGee Creek Natural Scenic Area Trailhead
There are a number of different routes to be taken throughout the 25-mile plus trail system.
Photograph the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Oklahoma / Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Near the town of Pawhuska and about a 50-minute drive west of Bartlesville, is the incredibly scenic Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The 50 mile drive through it spans to the Kansas border.
Camp at Greenleaf State Park
Oklahoma / Greenleaf State Park
About an hour away from Tulsa is the award winning, beautiful Greenleaf State Park.
Camp at Osage Hills State Park
Oklahoma / Osage Hills Campground
Only 15 minutes away from Bartlesville on SH-60 is the scenic Osage Hills State Park. It boasts lush greenery, lakes and creeks for fishing, hiking trails, and mountain biking trails to enjoy.
Photograph Little Sahara State Park
Oklahoma / Little Sahara State Park
In western Oklahoma and just a few miles south of the town of Waynoka, is a sand dune gem called Little Sahara State Park.
Hike the Cathedral Mountain Trail at Gloss Mountain SP
Oklahoma / Cathedral Mountain Trail Head
In central western Oklahoma, there is a fiery hued “mountain” range that is unique for its shiny, mirror like exterior due to its high selenite content layered upon each other during the prehistoric .
Hike the Three Springs trail at Roman Nose SP
Oklahoma / Three Springs Trail
The Natural Springs Trail located in Roman Nose State parks is an excellent family friendly hike. The trail is very easy to find .
Run along the Shore of Lake Hefner
Oklahoma / Lake Hefner
Lake Hefner lies in the northwestern corner of the city limits of Oklahoma City, in a suburban neighborhood. To reach the parking lot and trails, access Lakeshore Dr. from Wilshire Blvd.
Photograph the Salt Flats at Great Salt Plains State Park
Oklahoma / Crystal Digging Area
Located in western Oklahoma and close to Great Salt Plains Lake, is the salt flats of Great Salt Plains State Park.
Camp at Great Salt Plains Lake
Oklahoma / Sandy Beach Campground
Located in Great Salt Plains State Park in western Oklahoma, Great Salt Plains Lake provides ample camping opportunities while also being a very scenic location with kayaking, fishing, and bird watch.
Hike the California Road Nature Trail Loop
Oklahoma / California Road Nature Trail
Red Rock Canyon is approximately one hour west of Oklahoma City, the entrance is on the south side of the town of Hinton.
Run from Fink Park to Hafer Park Loop
Oklahoma / Fink Park
Begin the loop at Fink Park, which is immediately off Highway 77 adjacent to the University of Central Oklahoma.
Run through Bluff Creek Park in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma / Bluff Creek Parking Lot
Bluff Creek Park is just off Hefner Rd., to the north of Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City.
Hike Black Mesa
Oklahoma / Black Mesa Trailhead
Sitting on the northwestern tip of the panhandle, Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma. The trail is 4.2 miles each way, and takes around 4 hours to complete.
Scenic Drive through Sequoyah State Park
Oklahoma / Sequoyah State Park
Only about a 50 minute drive away from Tulsa, Sequoyah State Park has a lot of scenery to offer for any outdoor photographer.