Outdoor Recreation Areas
With 11 distinct ecoregions holding wonders like towering mesas and plateaus, serene swimming beaches, peaceful prairies and towering forests that stretch for miles, the variety of beauty in Oklahoma is awe-inspiring. Visitors who head outdoors in Oklahoma find the diversity to be outstanding. It’s a state where you can canoe leisurely through calm waters on the Illinois River or Lower Mountain Fork River or embark on a strenuous climb up steep canyon walls at Red Rock Canyon or Robbers Cave State Park. Go bird watching at one of the state’s many refuges like the Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area or watch a massive herd of bison stampede through native grasses at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.
Hikers will find a multitude of hiking trails from leisurely strolls through paved nature trails to extreme boulder-hopping at Charon’s Garden Trail within the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton. Mountain biking is also a favorite pastime at the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in Tulsa and many of Oklahoma’s 35 state parks.
The outdoor attractions in Oklahoma deserve to be seen from every angle. Check out our stunning state from beneath the surface of Lake Tenkiller’s underwater scuba park or admire it from 500 feet above Grand Lake on a parasailing adventure. Watch a crystal clear creek reflect the starry sky turning into morning or see the stunning blue skies turn into a magical sunset over rolling green hills.
Whatever outdoor escape you’re seeking, it’s waiting for you in Oklahoma. Order our free Outdoor Recreation Guide to learn more about the incredible outdoor offerings in the state then travel to Oklahoma to experience for yourself the serenity, beauty and adventure the state has to offer.
Want to see the greatest light show on earth? Look to the night sky at one of Oklahoma’s secluded stargazing hotspots. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the back porch of a resort lodge with all the comforts of home, or take in the show from your backcountry campsite at a state park. Whether you join one of the orchestrated “star parties” in remote corners of the state or strike out on your own stargazing adventure, come to Oklahoma and see the universe in a whole new light.
Hot Oklahoma summers and cold natural swimming holes are a classic combination.
Explore these natural beauties and discover the diversity of Oklahoma's gorgeous scenery and inspirational places. Admire a beautiful waterfall, trek along a scenic byway overlooking forested hills or hike among ancient mountains - and that's just the beginning.
Each winter you can follow Oklahoma eagles on a path to adventure with these handy eagle viewing tips and this list of top statewide eagle watching hot spots.
The Illinois River in Tahlequah offers a gentle, moderate current and plenty of canoe, kayak and raft outfitters along its scenic banks, making it a favorite float trip destination.
If you really want to reconnect with nature, there’s no better way than tent camping. We’ve rounded up a sampler of 11 unique campgrounds in some of Oklahoma’s most popular outdoor recreation areas to inspire your next camping trip. Whether you’re looking for something cozy and secluded or prefer wide open spaces under a starry sky, pack up your tent, grab your compass and navigate your way to an amazing Oklahoma camping adventure.