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

Jun 07, 2023

"One of the nicest places we've stayed!"

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A scant mile off of I-40 in Weatherford, OK we stayed the night at an outstanding RV park. $49 FHU, two fenced dog parks, showers, laundry, storm shelters (it is Oklahoma after all) and a fenced playground. Long, wide, level CONCRETE pads with manicured grounds. More like a resort than an RV park. Super helpful staff present at check in had our...
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Jun 06, 2023

"Quiet During The Week "

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We stayed Monday night through Friday morning. In the area for music programs at several libraries in the area. The campground was nice. Extremely difficult to find, but only because the email from the reservation took us to a different campground in the area. Our pad was concrete. Electric and water only. $25 night. Long site. Area was well...
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17 reviews
Guymon, OK

No Man's Land Park

Jun 06, 2023

"Worked well for a stop enroute"

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Stopped in Guymon for an oil change at Walmart. Since it was after dinner decided to stop for the night. Not a spot for a lot of rigs. Parked next to island with trees next to dump station. Quiet after doggie playtime next to us. I didn't even hear the trains after putting in earplugs. Convenient if coming through here. Good cell coverage for...
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19 reviews
Jun 04, 2023

"Under new ownership. Terrible "

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I was visiting family who had a spot here. They have new owners who didn't contact previous users under contract to part RVs. Club house wasn't open till 3hrs after it was supposed to. The set up didn't inspire R&R and fun, felt like a depressing old folks home. Price isn't available on Google maps but says check website. You check website and...
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Wilburton, OK

Robbers Cave State Park

Jun 04, 2023

"Pine Trails ATV Campground "

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Very pretty campground although just know there are NO bathrooms in this loop. Three trailheads lead out of the campground and it is very pretty. It was a light weekend so we didn’t have a lot of ATV noise at all. We did have road noise. They really need to work on the loop road as it’s very wash board and washed out. The campground is all...
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