Grand Oklahoma Parks – Grand Lake Realtor

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Shelley Koster
Bartlesville & Grand Lake Realtor 

It has been said, “Nothing beats an Oklahoma summer sunset” and I, for one, could not agree more. Summer is one of my favorite times of the year, relaxing at the pool, hanging out with friends, or catching fireflies late at night, summer is wonderful. It’s the season that offers us the chance to take advantage of all that Oklahoma has to offer especially, our parks.

Whether it is camping for the week or just taking a spontaneous day trip, our Oklahoma Parks offer a little something for everybody. They give us a chance to reconnect with nature while relieving the stress of our day to day. So, in hopes that you take advantage of at least one Oklahoma Park this year, we’ve gathered a list of our favorites in and around Bartlesville and the Grand Lake areas.

Osage Hills State Park

Off Hwy 60, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Osage Hills State Park is the gateway to Oklahoma’s Tallgrass Prairies. Tucked off of Highway 60, the Osage Hills are for the nature lover in you. It offers amazing hiking trails, campgrounds, private cabins, and swimming pools. But, what makes Osage Hills unique is its beautiful lush forests with its captivating scenery and the cool, refreshing Sand Creek.

Along the banks of the Sand Creek one can expect to find sunbathers, rope swings, and families preparing for a refreshing dip in the cool waters. The creek flows through the heart of the 1,100 acre area and it is what attracts many visitors to the area. Osage Hills captures the essence of an Oklahoma summer and definitely worth the trip.

Little Blue – Disney State Park

Hwy 28 E, Disney, Oklahoma

Despite its name, Disney State Park is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, sorry theme park lovers. However, it still is one of our favorite parks. This park is a more intimate park, meaning it is smaller than the others on our list, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in access to the Grand Lake.

Located directly off the shores of the Grand Lake, this park is known for its bass fishing and water sports. One can typically find themselves losing track of time while out on the beach sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. This park makes for a great day trip with the family or a relaxing summer afternoon with friends.

Robbers Cave State Park

Hwy 2 N Wilburton, OK 74578

While it might not be in our backyard it is still one of our favorites and one we think is worth the drive through the Oklahoma countryside. Robbers Cave State Park comes with an unusual story and background. Its notoriety comes not just from the scenic, hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma, but also, from it being the hideout for the outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr. That’s right, hence the name, “Robbers Cave.”

Once a place for outlaws, this park is now a favorite of rappellers, equestrians, hikers and outdoor lovers.  The park offers acres of discovery and enjoyment including trout fishing in season, hunting, miles of hiking and equestrian trails, rugged cliffs for climbing and foliage viewing. It might be a drive from Northeast Oklahoma, but it is one we think you will find worth it.

Twin Bridges State Park

14801 S Hwy 137, Fairland, Oklahoma

TheTwin Bridges State Park is located in the north section of Grand Lake where the Spring River and the Grand River meet to form the lake, this makes Twin Bridges the fisherman’s paradise. Tucked away in the beautiful northeast Oklahoma countryside Twin Bridges is known for its quiet country atmosphere and its amazing fishing.

Outside of fishing the park offers a wide array of amenities include: RV and tent campgrounds, volleyball courts, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, and much more. You, also, have your camping choices of roughing it out or living in luxury (camping style that is) with the park’s primitive campgrounds or one-room lake huts.

This park is fun, beautiful, and did we mention right off the shores of Grand Lake!

Woolaroc Museum, Wildlife Preserve, and Lodge

1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road, Bartlesville, OK 74003

Woolaroc Museum, Wildlife Preserve, and Lodge is less of a park and more of a wildlife preserve, but it still has all the beauty of nature. Located in Osage Hills off of State Highway 123 just minutes from Downtown Bartlesville. It was opened in 1925 as a ranch retreat for oilman, Frank Phillips.

The ranch now serves as a wildlife preserve for animals like, buffalo, elk, and longhorn cattle. Alongside the wildlife preserve is the Woolaroc Museum and Lodge. The museum displays western art and Native American artifacts. This magnificent collection is sure to leave you amazed and stunned by beauty of Northeast Oklahoma. It’s a great place to go if you want to see Buffalo in their natural habitat!

That is our list of Grand Oklahoma Parks, what are some of your favorites?

For more parks and Oklahoma attractions visit our Grand Lake and Bartlesville area pages!

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