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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Summit Elk Mountain

Oklahoma / Elk Mountain Trail

Elk Mountain is one of the tallest granite peaks in the beautiful Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

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Camp at Reasoner Point

Oklahoma / Reasoner Point

Reasoner Point is located in Hochatown State Park along the shoreline of Broken Bow Lake.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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Camp at Greenleaf State Park

Oklahoma / Greenleaf State Park

About an hour away from Tulsa is the award winning, beautiful Greenleaf State Park.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bike the Bluff Creek Trails

Oklahoma / Bluff Creek Parking Lot

Bluff Creek Park is a beautiful forested park hidden within the suburbs of Oklahoma City near Lake Hefner.

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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.

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Hike to Post Oak Falls

Oklahoma / Post Oak/Treasure Lake Parking Lot

Park at the Post Oak/Treasure lake Trailhead. Follow one of the well-worn trails north. There are a few trails at the start that eventually wind into each other.

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Hike to Crab Eyes

Oklahoma / Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Starting from the Sunset Trailhead/Parking Lot on far west side of the refuge, hike west out of the parking lot a few hundred feet to the trailhead that heads into a well-developed trail through the .

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Kayak the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge

Oklahoma / Stinchcomb Wildlife Parking

The Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge is a nature and wildlife preserve on the west side of OKC that surrounds a section of the North Canadian River.

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Hike to the Lower Rock Rooms via Charon's Garden Trail

Oklahoma / Sunset Parking Lot

This hike can be difficult for a dog. There is one area where crossing the boulders can be dangerous.

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Kayak at Lake Hefner

Oklahoma / Lake Hefner Beach

Park at the OKCBF Sailing Center marked on the map. This is located on the southern shore of Lake Hefner. There are other boat ramps, but this one has a sandy beach that is nice to launch from.

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