Tucked away in the San Bois Mountains, Robber’s Cave State Park could easily lay claim to being the best of all Oklahoma’s 32 state parks.
Situated in the southeast region of the state, the historic park was a former hideout for two of America’s most famous outlaws – Jesse James and Belle Starr.
Today it is a veritable playground for those who enjoy camping and a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
Sprawling across 8,000 acres, it is an especially popular weekend summer getaway destination for residents of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Both of which are only a couple of hours drive away from it.
Robbers Cave State Park
The park is a haven for outdoor recreational pursuits, with many different activities available to the visitor.
Here are just some of the things you can do during your time at Robbers Cave State Park.
Boating at Robbers Cave State Park
With three lakes contained within the park – Lake Carlton, Coon Creek Lake and Lake Wayne Wallace – there are plenty of opportunities for boating available to visitors.
If you don’t have them you can rent kayaks, paddleboats or canoes. Several boat ramps are provided throughout the lakes too, and there are lots of coves and other scenic spots to explore.
Swimming at Robbers Cave State Park
Whilst at the park, if you want to go for a swim there are a couple of places you can do this.
One of them is at the swimming pool in the day recreation area, which is open from Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The other is at one of the lakes, though you will have to do this with caution as there are no lifeguards present.
Fishing at Robbers Cave State Park
With no less than three lakes in which to cast a line it is no surprise that fishing is one of the most popular activities at the park.
The likes of trout, catfish, bass and perch can all be caught in abundance here. Just make sure you have a valid fishing license before you attempt to fish though.
Hiking at Robbers Cave State Park
For those who enjoy hiking there are more than 25 miles of trails to explore throughout the park.
One of the most popular trails is the one which takes you to the summit of a massive cliff which showcases incredible panoramic views.
The hiking trails are especially breathtaking in the fall, when the vibrant colors of the changing leaves are quite stunning.
ATV Riding at Robbers Cave State Park
If you are into ATV, the park has its own trails and campground dedicated specifically for that.
Located opposite the Deep Fork Campground, the ATV riding area accommodates 250 acres for you to ride around in. The hilly terrain strikes the perfect balance between challenging and fun, so you’ll no doubt spend plenty of time on it.
Rock Climbing at Robbers Cave State Park
Rock climbing and rappelling are popular activities in the park, as the shale and sandstone from the jagged boulders and bluffs make fabulous conditions for doing so.
There are a good selection of routes to choose from, many of which are appropriate for beginners and climbers who are at an intermediate standard. With Horse Coral Face being a real favorite.
As a rule, autumn is probably the best time to climb as it can get incredibly warm in the summer months.
Horseback Riding at Robbers Cave State Park
As well as the hiking and ATV trails, there are also several opportunities for horseback riding throughout the park.
If you intend on bringing your own horse, the park offers equestrian camping facilities, which are located adjacent to one of the main horse trailheads. If you don’t have a horse you can always hire one out.
Nature Center and Programs
The park runs a fascinating nature center and program which showcases the different wildlife found throughout it via various exhibits.
The center also runs a number of nature programs, as well as guided cave tours and hayrides.
Picnicking at Robbers Cave State Park
For those who enjoy picnicking the park is blessed with several scenic spots in which to enjoy some al fresco dining.
There are lots of tables available, many of which showcase terrific views of the lakes. However, if you have a larger group with you there are bigger picnic shelters that can be hired out. Most of these are located near playgrounds and bathrooms.
Pets at Robbers Cave State Park
The park is designated as pet friendly, so dogs are allowed in the cabins and throughout the park.
There may be some restrictions imposed however, so it is worth contacting the main office to clarify what they might be.
Camping at Robbers Cave State Park
For those who are interested in camping, the park offers plenty of options.
If you have an RV, there are 22 sites available that come with full hookups to water, electricity and sewer. There are also 67 additional RV sites that come with water and electric hookups, as well as 86 primitive sites too.
Should you fancy something more upscale the park also has 26 cabins. These are especially good to stay in the winter and feature full kitchens that come with a fridge, a microwave, a cooking range, coffee pot and various dishes and utensils. Linen is also provided which is a real bonus.
These cabins also come with air conditioning and heating systems, as well as a lovely fireplace. They can sleep between four and six people.
As well as the cabins, the park has two yurts. These can sleep up to four guests and have their own deck which provide wonderful views of Lake Carlton, as well as a picnic table, fire ring and grill.
The yurts do not have their own bathroom, but a bathhouse is just a short walk away. They do have a queen sized bed as well as a full size sleeper and also come with a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker.
Robbers Cave State Park
2084 NW 146th Rd
Wilburton, OK 74578
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Robbers Cave State Park:
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