(Last Updated On: August 29, 2022)

looking across Tenkiller Lake from Cherokee Landing State Park in Oklahoma Nestled on a peninsula that juts dramatically into Lake Tenkiller, Cherokee Landing State Park is a spectacular 146-acre public recreation space in the Cookson Hills.

Despite being a relatively small area, this Oklahoma State Park, which is located just to the south of Tahlequah, is known for accommodating some of the best lakeside camping in the entire Oklahoma state park system.

Blessed with outstanding natural beauty, it enjoys a picturesque setting, flanked by the verdant woodland of the Cookson Hills and the lake’s rocky shoreline.

It also has a rich, Native American, cultural history too, which is reflected by the fact that Tahlequah serves as the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

The perfect place to reconnect with nature, Cherokee Landing State Park is the kind of place where you can ‘breathe’ again.

If you ever find yourself wondering where to go on your next camping trip away. We can’t recommend this place highly enough.

Location

Cherokee Landing State Park is one of 32 state parks in Oklahoma. It is located near the unincorporated community of Park Hill in Cherokee County.

The park is relatively easy to get to from most of the major cities in the immediate surroundings.

For instance, you can get there from Oklahoma City in just a two hour and 30 minute drive west, while Tulsa is only an hour and 15 minutes away.

Likewise, from Fort Worth and Memphis it will take between four hours and 30 minutes and 5 hours to complete the journey. So it is quite accessible overall.

Activities

Given its position on a peninsula at the north end of Lake Tenkiller, the park offers plenty of opportunities for those who enjoy water based recreational activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing and swimming.

In addition, the park offers good trails to explore via hiking or biking, which showcases a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Other activities like disc golf and volleyball are popular past times too.

Fishing At Cherokee Landing State Park

Anglers flock to the clear waters of Lake Tenkiller for its wonderful sport fishing. With the likes of crappie, catfish and bass all being in abundance.

The Cherokee Area also has a boat ramp, as well as a boat dock. While there is also a fishing dock in the park’s wildcat point area.

Swimming At Cherokee Landing State Park

The sparkling, deep blue waters of Lake Tenkiller is a popular Oklahoma snorkeling and scuba diving spot.

You will also find a swimming area in the Cherokee Campground, although, as it is not patrolled by lifeguards, you enter the water at your own risk.
Alcohol is strictly forbidden in the main swimming beach area.

Hiking at Cherokee Landing State Park

While the lake gets much of the plaudits, Cherokee Landing State Park does offer some very good hiking and walking opportunities.

One of the main trails in the park is the Red Fox trail which showcases some of the park’s most impressive natural scenery. You’ll definitely want to take your camera with you should you decide to tackle this section of the park.

Disc Golf At Cherokee Landing State Park

Disc golf is a popular activity at Cherokee Landing State Park and there is a lovely 18 hole course onsite for you to enjoy a round at.

Most of the holes are under 300 feet and are set within areas that have lovely scenery.

Nature & Wildlife

The park is a noted sport for nature and wildlife.

It is also a renowned, year-round spot for bird watching, with the likes of waterfowl, migratory birds, raptors and several species of songbirds calling it home.

Native American history at Cherokee Landing State Park

The nearby city of Tahlequah is the capital of the Cherokee Nation. It has some wonderful historic buildings and museums which honor, commemorate and showcase their fascinating history and culture.

Pets At Cherokee Landing State Park

The Cherokee Landing State Park is a pet friendly park which allows pets into the park under certain conditions.

It’s worth confirming with the park office as to what these conditions are.

Camping At Cherokee Landing State Park

As the southern end of the park is often affected by flooding, camping at Cherokee Landing State Park is restricted to its northern end.

Overall there are 107 campsites in the park, which includes 61 semi modern RV sites that come with 30 – 50 amp electricity and water. There is also a handicapped accessible RV site situated in the Creek Campground.

All of these RV sites can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet long. They all have concrete pads and some offer stunning views of Lake Tenkiller.

For those interested in tent camping, there are 46 unimproved sites dotted along both the main road and Wildcat Point area.

All of these tent sites come with grill facilities and picnic tables, and are close to water sources.

Amenities At Cherokee Landing State Park

Visitors to the Cherokee Landing State Park will find a number of very good amenities for them to use.

This includes totally accessible comfort stations replete with showers, which are located in both the Cherokee and Creek parts of the Park.

The ADA Compliant park also has a dump station, a camp store, gift shop, a playground and several picnic areas.

This includes four picnic shelters for groups that come with electricity, grills and tables that can each seat up to 100 people.

The park also has a park ranger onsite too.

Park Location

Cherokee Landing State Park
28610 Park 20
Park Hill, OK 74451
Phone: 918.457.5716

Website
Reservations

You should be able to reach them during office hours, which is from 8 am to 4.30 pm every day of the week.

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Video

Below is a brief YouTube video showcasing different things to do at Cherokee Landing State Park: