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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Oklahoma

By Dawn Brotherton

5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has great temperatures in the fall, ideal for camping and enjoying the outdoors. The nights get cooler, but not so cold that it’s unpleasant sleeping in a tent. The days are warm, but not so hot that it’s uncomfortable hiking along a nature trail. The best places for fall camping are in eastern Oklahoma, because the trees are deciduous and the leaves change color. Here are five perfect fall camping spots where you can have a relaxing weekend watching the stars, building a fire and eating s’mores. 

1. Winding Stair Campground at Ouachita National Forest

This campground is located along the Talimena Scenic Highway at Mile Post 23.7 on Okla. 1. It’s a peaceful setting with several miles of trails that aren’t too difficult or too easy. It’s the perfect place for fall camping because this stretch of road is known for its beautiful fall colors. This site is ADA compliant, has vault toilets, and can accommodate campers. 

2. Red Rock Canyon State Park

Red Rock Canyon is a favorite campsite all year long for rappellers, hikers, and fishermen. In the fall, the foliage does its best to provide a show. You’ll see stunning shades of red, yellow, and orange from the Caddo maple tree, which is native to the park. This park was once a stop along the California Trail, and you can still find wagon wheel ruts left by the settlers who were trying to find a better life. 

3. Keystone State Park

The trees in northeast Oklahoma are beautiful in the fall, and one of the best places to enjoy them is at Keystone State Park. The park has many places to camp, but it also offers water activities, such as boating and fishing. Make sure to plan one meal on the floating restaurant at the marina. 

4. Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park

Grand Lake offers even more fall foliage, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of white pelicans who are migrating south. They start to fly through in late September until October, and it’s amazing to see flocks of these stunning birds. This area has some excellent fishing spots, tent sites, boat ramps, and more. You’ll have easy access to supplies in Langley or Ketchum, along with a few restaurants when you’re too busy playing to cook. 

5. Greenleaf State Park

Greenleaf State Park was built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The original buildings are made of native stone, but there’s more to this park than its history. You’ll see spectacular scenery, anytime you visit. In the fall, expect the leaves to change colors, providing even more beautiful views. At this park, you’ll find cabins with satellite television, if you want an upscale camping experience. It even offers one handicapped-accessible cabin on the lake. Pets can stay in the cabins for an additional fee. Go hiking. Take a boat, kayak, canoe or raft out on the lake. Play volleyball. Watch birds. Just get outside and enjoy the fresh air. 

As local communities continue to update Covid-19 regulations, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed. Please visit official websites for the latest information.

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