Road Trip: The Chisholm Trail

If you’re planning on an RV road trip through Oklahoma in the coming weeks or months (or even if you’re here already and looking for somewhere to go!), you should definitely consider following the path of the old Chisholm Trail.

Located along the length of what is now US 81, the Chisholm Trail is an iconic cattle drive trail used more than a century ago during the historic cattle drives that fueled the western cattle industry. The trail served Texan ranchers as they drove their cattle stock up north to buyers. The route today passes through historic towns with both charm and culture.

Starting in Duncan, you can check out the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, which will introduce you to Jesse Chisholm, who was the trail’s namesake. There’s even a life-size diorama of cowboys and longhorns that replicates the terrain of the old trail, which visitors are welcome to enter for an up close view of what it would have looked and felt like. Other interactive exhibits include trying your hand at lassoing or riding a (mechanical) bucking bronco.

Move on to Marlow afterwards to learn something about outlaws and cattle rustlers along the Chisholm Trail. Marlow is actually named for the Marlow brothers, an unfortunate tale of brothers who were wrongly convicted of cattle rustling. The Marlow Area Museum includes artifacts from the Marlow family and the trial. The museum even displays the original tombstones for Alfred, Boone, and Lewellyn Marlow.

Other stops can include Yukon, Kingsfisher, and Enid, each of which has a special connection to the Chisholm Trail.

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Your Guide to RV Camping in Oklahoma

If you’re new to RVing, new to Oklahoma, or new to both, this quick guide is for you. Oklahoma is a fantastic state for RV travel and camping and possesses hundreds of opportunities to RVers.

Part of the reason why Oklahoma is such a great state for RVing is that it contains the longest stretch of preserved Route 66 anywhere in the country. The old roadside charm of Route 66 is still in full force in Oklahoma and makes a drive along its length one full of leisure and fun, especially if you’re in an RV.

Oklahoma also has over two dozen state parks and all of them welcome RVers with sites that are big enough for any rig. Most even have hookups for your RV’s systems and utilities.

Some of Oklahoma’s best RV spots include Lake Eufaula or Beavers Bend State Park (both are full of natural beauty), Winstar RV Park (located near Winstar World Casino), and Corral Drive-In Theater and RV Park (where you can catch a movie like you would at a regular drive-in from the comfort of your RV).

You may additionally want to check out Marval Family Camping Resort for glamping (glamorous camping) enhanced by a mini golf course, game room, swimming pool, and standard luxury amenities for every RV site.

Then there’s Lake Thunderbird State Park, which is regarded as Oklahoma’s mountain biking capital. There are over 18.5 miles in the biking trail network through some of Oklahoma’s most thrilling landscapes.

If you plan on fishing anywhere you visit in Oklahoma, make sure to have a current Oklahoma fishing license if you are over 16 years of age.  You can purchase your Oklahoma fishing license online, or at bait/tackle shops, convenience stores and some grocery stores.

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RV Campground Etiquette

If you’re ready to head out on your first RV trip, whether a weekend or you’re hitting the road for a tour of the country, there is some campground etiquette that you should follow so that you get along with your neighbors, however temporary, as best as possible. Since many campgrounds have RVs rather close together, it’s easy for others to hear everything you do.

Campsites

Don’t walk through occupied sites. If you want to go into the site to knock on the door, that is fine, but it’s frowned upon to walk through just for the sake of walking through. If you notice that the shades are closed, don’t knock on someone’s door as they may be still sleeping. Many people are on vacation and sleep in every day.

Noise

Many campgrounds put their sites rather close together. Take this into consideration when you turn on the outside television or radio. Keep the volume low. If you must have it louder to hear it, a set of headphones is a great solution.

Pets

Not everyone likes pets. Some people may not like little dogs that yap all the time and some may not like big dogs because they are afraid of them. Even if your pet is the friendliest dog in the world, someone next to you might be uncomfortable with your pet or may even be allergic to your pet. Keep them in your own area, keep them quiet and be sure to pick up after them. It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t bring your pet into another person’s RV unless the pet is explicitly invited.

Smokers

Don’t smoke outside someone’s window. Be sure you are near your RV. While some may think you should smoke in a different area, you are not obligated to walk out of your site. Others may close their windows if needed. While smokers should be aware of the wind and their surroundings, non-smokers should also be polite by not asking a smoker to put out a cigarette unless the smoker is in the non-smoker’s site. Non-smokers can just shut their windows.

Setup

If you notice something wrong with a neighbor’s setup, let them know as they may not have noticed. A connection that is not correct or has come loose, a tire that is low on air or anything else that could be a danger to the occupants should be pointed out.

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Destination: Lake Eufaula

The largest lake in Oklahoma, Lake Eufaula is also one of Oklahoma’s most spectacular natural areas. Covering 105,500 surface acres and boasting 800 miles of shoreline, there’s almost no end when you’re exploring the waters or walking the shore.

If you want to explore the waters, you’re in luck: there are dozens of marinas and rental places dotting the coast, so you don’t even have to drag your own boat out with you. Rental options include houseboats, pontoon boats, ski boats, and paddle boats. The marinas usually, and conveniently, offer accessories and groceries, so they can serve as one-stop-shops for all of your boating aspirations on Lake Eufaula.

Whether you bring a boat or rent one, access to the lake is easy with numerous boat ramps located around the lake. The lake is perfect for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

Fishing is also abundant on the lake and can be done year-round. Some marinas even feature heated, fully-enclosed docks for ultimate fishing comfort even on the coldest of days. Fishers can expect a chance to catch white bass, catfish, crappie, and stripers.

If you turn your sights back to the shore, you can plan day hikes along the numerous trails that run parallel to the shore of Lake Eufaula. Many species call Lake Eufaula home and are readily spotted on a daily basis. The trails are open to hikers and some are even open to horseback riding or ATVs.

If you’re a hunter, there are 31,800 acres of public hunting around the lake, where deer, quail, geese, and ducks can all be found.

Two campgrounds, Arrowhead Area and the eponymous Lake Eufaula State Park campground offer 18-hole golf courses if you want to change things up a bit and get away from the lake and hiking trails.

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The Top 3 Oklahoma Campgrounds to Visit This Fall

Whether you’re interested in camping lakeside, in the privacy of a national forest or within reach of some of the best climbing and hiking in the state, there’s an Oklahoma campground tailored to your travel style. The three Oklahoma campgrounds are some of the best in the state for experiencing the cooler temperatures and mellower crowds of all.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Adventurous campers will fall in love with the outdoor playground known as the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Lawton.  The refuge is home to Oklahoma’s famous Mount Scott as well as an array of free-roaming animals, including buffalo, longhorn cattle and elk. However, most campers head to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to explore its hiking and mountain biking trails, fish on the crystal clear lake and climb or boulder the craggy terrain.

Lake Murray State Park

The Lake Murray State Park in Ardmore is the ultimate destination for fishermen, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts who want to camp inside a breathtaking 13,000-acre park along Lake Murray. The state park also includes an 1,100-acre ATV area that stays open from 8 a.m., to dark every day.

Although, not all campers have to stay among the action. Lake Murray State Park boasts an array of camping areas that range from the more rambunctious ATV area to Buckhorn Trail near the boat ramp and the Rock Tower campground nestled among shade trees.

Ouachita National Forest

Hodgen’s Ouachita National Forest is a massive 352,000-acre park that offers everything from hunting and fishing to hang gliding and horseback riding. The park includes the Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp with almost 100 miles of trails, horse corrals, wash racks and tons of other features tailored to campers with horses. Other campgrounds range from primitive to modern, so campers can tailor their experience to suit their preferred camping style.

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The Top 3 Oklahoma Hiking Trails for Fall

The Sooner State is teeming with hiking trails that wind through some of the country’s best fall colors. Whether you’re interested in lakeside trails, trails close to home or those winding through the Wichita Mountains, you’re guarantee to find a new favorite path on every Oklahoma hiking adventure. The following three trails are some of the best throughout the state for admiring the vibrantly-colored scenery that autumn brings.

Black Mesa Summit — Black Mesa State Park

Black Mesa Summit is the highest point in Oklahoma, sitting at 4,963 feet. Needless to say, you’re guaranteed a breathtaking view of fall colors from the top. A 4.2-mile-long moderate hike leads to the top where you’ll admire a rugged type of fall colors provided by scrub oak, rocky buttes, mesas, juniper and other panhandle terrain. The route to the summit and back is 8.4-miles long and there isn’t any water available on site, so be sure to bring plenty of liquids for your journey.

Lake McMurtry — Stillwater

The Lake McMurtry Natural Resource and Recreation Area is open year round, but fall brings more precious scenery than any other time. This family-friendly lake offers a serene setting with breathtaking sunsets behind brightly-colored trees. The park is open to RV and tent campers, and it’s loaded with moderate and easy 6- to 8-mile hikes that will have you sweating enough for a jump in the lake when you’re done.

Bert Cooper Trails — Oklahoma City

You don’t have to venture far from the Leisure Time RVs in Oklahoma City to enjoy some unbeatable fall foliage and hiking trails. The Bert Cooper Trails, formerly known as the Lake Hefner Trails, are ideal for walkers and bikers with stunning fall views of Lake Heffner as well as countless picnic areas and playgrounds to stop and take in the sights. The 9.1-mile-loop is an ideal way to escape the stresses of city life.

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Stay at Tiny Town While You Explore Broken Bow

Tiny Town RV Park is the perfect headquarters for exploring Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend Resort Park, Ouachita National Forest, and the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers. The area gets moderate temperatures in the fall as the leaves begin to turn, making it a great place to explore this fall camping season.

Tiny Town RV Park is a brand new facility (it just opened in December last year) that offers RV camp sites and rental cabins. Tiny Town is conveniently located just across the highway from the main Beavers Bend Park entrance, Fish Tales Winery, and Adam & Eve Coffee/Sundry Store.

The RV sites include spaces for RV of various sizes. Available are 70×40 foot spaces, 60×30, 40×28, and 30×25. Each site has electric, water, and sewage hookups. The larger sites have private picnic tables and fire pits. Smaller sites have shared picnic and grill facilities. The park has free WiFi, a small playground, and complimentary firewood. There are also shower, restroom, and laundry facilities located around the park.

The address is 6307 N. Hwy 259, Broken Bow, Oklahoma. You can contact the park by calling 580-236-5842.

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Float the River at Tahlequah, Oklahoma

While it may officially be fall, the weather here in Oklahoma doesn’t feel like it yet. That means there’s still time to get in some last second water-based adventures. From swimming holes to leisure days at the lake, Oklahoma has got you covered.

Maybe you’re more into canoeing, kayaking, and rafting? Head over to where the Illinois River passes near Tahlequah for some quality time on the river in your watercraft of choice.

It’s good time on the water for people of all ages and skill levels since the water is so gentle. That means it’s the perfect spot to take the whole family if you’re looking for a quick trip that everyone will enjoy.

The Illinois River in this area represents 60+ miles of scenic waterway as it winds through the Cookson Hills of northeastern Oklahoma. The area specifically around Tahlequah is made for a relaxing float down the river. There’s a high concentration of outfitters in that region along with plenty of extracurricular recreational opportunities, so all you have to do is show up and let the outfitters figure out the rest.

How you see the river is up to you, though canoes, kayaks, and inflatable rafts are the most popular.

Kayaks are a great option if it’s just you and another person since they’re the perfect size for two and are highly maneuverable.

Canoes are good for parties of about three and are also easy to maneuver.

Rafts are the go-to if you’ve got a big party and you’re not worried about getting anything done fast.

In any case, head out there the next time you’ve got some time off. It’s a great weekend or day trip that everyone will love.

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Visit Robbers Cave State Park

Located in Latimer County about 5 miles north of Wilburton along State Highway 2, Robbers Cave State Park offers scenic views of hilly woodlands and of the Sans Bois Mountains. It’s a favored park with rappellers, equestrians, and hikers especially. Hikers love the park due to its fantastic trail system. Some of the better trails include:

Coon Creek Ridge Trail – This trail is about 2 miles and loops with some moderately difficult slopes. It’s well marked though, so you don’t have to worry about losing the path. The trail runs through some heavy woods interspersed with large rock formations. There’s also a scenic overlook of Coon Creek. The trailhead starts at the information office and is a good place to start your hiking adventures at the park.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail – This trail takes you right past the eponymous Robbers Cave, so it’s a visitor favorite in the park. Besides Robbers Cave, there are many others to see as well. It’s only 3/4 miles long, but it links up with several other trails, so you can lengthen your hike simply by hopping onto another trail along the way. There are some steep grades at the beginning, including stairs, so this trail isn’t the most accessible trail in the park, but it eases up after the climb.

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Visit Natural Falls State Park

While you’re exploring Oklahoma this summer, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Natural Falls State Park in your RV. Its fantastical scenery will make you feel like you’re in another world. Located in the Ozark Highlands of Oklahoma in the state’s northeastern corner and sharing a border with Arkansas, the park contains everything from lush forests to gushing waterfalls.

Speaking of waterfalls, Natural Falls State Park is actually home to one of the tallest waterfalls in the state: the eponymous Natural Falls. Natural Falls stands at 77 feet tall and can be reached through the Dripping Springs hiking trail. This is a looped trail that’s only a mile around, so it’s fairly easy for anyone of any fitness level. There are numerous other trails to explore, including the Bear Trail, which is slightly longer and more strenuous. The entire park is 120-acres and is large enough for your visit to take most of a day if you’re not in any rush to leave.

More astute visitors may recognize some of the scenery in the park from the 1974 film Where the Red Fern Grows. The film had several scenes set in the park, including some of its waterfalls. If you’ve got the film handy or can rent it online, it might be a fun idea to watch it the night before you reach the park. The next day, you can keep your eyes peeled for the locations they used in the film.

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