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Away from the city of Tulsa, but still relatively close by, is the stunning and scenic Greenleaf State Park. Setting up camp at Greenleaf State Park is convenient and rewarding, as campsites are bordering the lake with beautiful views and campsites have easy access to the marina and the Ankle Express trail head.
About an hour away from Tulsa is the award winning, beautiful Greenleaf State Park. With tent and RV sites situated all along Greenleaf Lake, there are so many scenic options to choose from when wanting to camp at Greenleaf State Park. Those wishing to stay there for more than one day have close access to the marina (only kayaking, canoeing, and fishing boats allowed) and the Ankle Express trail head near the campsites.
There are 200+ campsites in total, with 100 being tent sites. All tent sites include a grill, fire ring, a picnic table, access to restrooms and showers, and partial shade from trees. All sites are extremely well kept and the fee per night for primitive tent camping is $12, while for semi-modern tent camping is $20 per night. Primitive tent sites are open year round and are first come, first served. Firewood can be purchased for $6 a bundle and fire starters cost $1 each at the visitor center.
We stayed at primitive tent site #39, which is at the northern end of the park in the Eagles Nest area near the lodges and boasted a picturesque lake view. We had an adequate amount of trees to hang up a hammock and have some shade. The site was also very spread out and a good distance from neighboring tent sites.
The most enjoyable time to go camping at Greenleaf State Park is during the off season, such as the tail-end of winter, which is when we went. Besides the increase in amount of mosquitoes and ticks, it starts to get crowded by the end of March of each year. Primitive tent sites also become more difficult to get since they cannot be reserved in advance.
To get to Greenleaf State Park from Tulsa, take OK-351 Muskogee Turnpike East to US-62 East. For about 2 ½ miles, you will continue on US-62 East before turning onto OK-10 S. After about 15 miles on OK-10 S, you will see the entrance to Greenleaf State Park on your left.
- Footprint or tarp for tent
- Sleeping bags
- Sleeping mat
- Camping pillow
- Layers of clothes
- Hiking shoes
- Food/snacks properly stored
- Camping stove
- Fire starter and wood
- Matches or lighter
- Portable battery or solar charger
- Emergency first aid kit
- Camping games
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