Best Camping in Oklahoma

Camping in Oklahoma

By Alex Murphy

Known for big open fields and extreme weather, many are surprised to learn that Oklahoma is also home to mountains, forests, and lakes with plenty of campsites as well.

The Sooner State, named for the dramatic way the area was settled, also has a growing major metro area in Oklahoma City and plenty of other destinations throughout the state.

Here's a look at some of the best camping in Oklahoma.

See a map of all camping in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State Parks

From lakes and caves to an actual field of salt, Oklahoma State Parks offers many different experiences for anyone looking to visit.

The area that is now Robbers Cave State Park was made famous by outlaws like Jesse James, who used the cave as a hideout. Today, visitors can check out the cave and stay at the park's campground.

Other popular destinations include Beavers Bend State Park, a popular destination for fishing and hiking.

Finally, you can tent camp or stay in your RV at Great Salt Plains after visiting the open fields of salt leftover from a prehistoric ocean.

Many of these parks also offer unique extended stays in a cabin.

Oklahoma National Parks

Many may not be aware of it, but Oklahoma does have mountain ranges. In the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains located in the southern part of the state, visitors will find Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The park is known for numerous swimming holes, including a large lake, and is great for camping trips. Campsites can be found within the park at Buckhorn Campground and The Point Campground.

The park is also known for its bison herd and a popular nature center.

Oklahoma RV Parks

Whether you're visiting the state or just passing through, there are quite a few Oklahoma RV Parks.

Visitors to Oklahoma City can stay at campgrounds like Twin Fountains RV Park or Road Runner RV Park. There are several new restaurants in the area, including southern cooking and barbecue.

Some casinos in the Sooner State have RV parks, including the Lucky Star Casino.

Finally, if you prefer a more rural and wooded option, the Settle Inn RV Park is not far from Tulsa.

Free Camping in Oklahoma

Free Camping in Oklahoma is fairly abundant and can be found in major metro areas and in forests where there are good camping sites for tent camping.

In the southern part of the state, Atoka Lake Dispersed Camping Area has waterfront campsites and great views.

Casinos like Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa offer free overnight parking for RVs and often even have wifi available.

National Forests in Oklahoma

There are three National Forests in Oklahoma on opposite ends of the state.

In the east, visitors to Ouachita National Forest will find rolling hills and rock walls with flowing rivers and creeks. This forest is mostly in Arkansas and cuts through the two state's borders. Campers on the Oklahoma side of the forest enjoy the views found at Winding Stair Campground and Billy Creek Campground.

The other two national forests are on the western side of the state are protected grasslands. This includes Rita Blanca National Grassland and Black Kettle National Grassland. Both are known for their year-round guests, the prairie dogs. Popular campgrounds include Black Kettle Campground and Felt Picnic Area in Rita Blanca.

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Recent Oklahoma Campground Reviews

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"What A Find!"

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We were looking for a place for the night and after several places (to boondock) with no success we were very pleasantly surprised with Elk City Lake. Electric on site too. Back into site right on the lake. Price was more than reasonable. Honor system and cash only.

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May 14, 2024

"Great off season spot - plus a tornado warning!"

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For a couple days in early May, the nearly deserted Red Oak campground at Okmulgee Lake was a pleasant getaway. Four days of rain had chased everyone from the park when we arrived on a Sunday evening. No rain for 24 hours, but Monday night was tornado time. The park was in a heavy storm, and around midnight a local emergency services truck...
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"Right on the lake and FHU's to boot!"

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Very nice campground, concrete pads with 50A FHU's! Staring right out onto Lake Texoma from our windshield. Spacious sites with lots of wildlife around; tons of Canadian geese (and babies), Deerkill, we even caught sight of a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle. The on-line reservation system works well and is easy to navigate. Location is great,...
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Buckhorn Campground is an excellent choice if you're visiting the Chicksaw NRA or passing through southern OK. Some of the largest sites we've ever experienced. Very clean. Limited cell phone service. About 15 minutes to Sulphur, OK. An exceptional value if you have a National Parks Senior Pass

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Our first RV Park Stay experience Here was great. Stayed For 1 Month. Great rates Included utilities, Storm shelter during tornado season, Dog Park and laundry, All hookups available, Chickasha Has all shopping needs covered. Great roads, Trees , Fenced In from Neighborhood , Safe For long term, Staff is amazing! My neighbor was here 3 Years...
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