Chickasaw National Recreation Area

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Enjoy some of the very best of Oklahoma’s natural beauty in this large protected park, which centers on the shimmering Lake of the Arbuckles.

Many of Oklahoma’s most impressive natural sights and beautiful landscapes are concentrated in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Head here for a daytrip from the town of Sulphur, right next to the recreation area, or camp out overnight to experience this idyllic patch of wilderness after dark.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area includes the wide Lake of the Arbuckles and a large portion of the countryside surrounding it. The lake itself covers about 2,300 acres (9 square kilometers) in area. Bring your hiking boots when you visit, as around the lake’s edges and running over the surrounding hilltops are more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) of picturesque hiking trails. Find paths here to suit all levels of fitness and experience. Several campsites are dotted around the lake, offering a range of options for those who want to spend a night or more inside the park.

The lake’s clean, clear waters offer an ideal environment for a range of activities. Go swimming, boating or fishing or simply walk a section of the shoreline and enjoy the beautiful views of the sparkling water. Find another lovely body of water east of Lake of the Arbuckles. Veterans Lake is much smaller, but equally scenic and is also a good spot for active pursuits.

Look for waterfowl and a diverse array of other plants and animals as you explore Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Stop at the designated Bison Viewing Area to see some of the most impressive animals that roam this landscape, a wonderful herd of bison.

Continue learning about the area’s biodiversity in a more controlled environment, the Travertine Nature Center. See displays showing local animals and learn about nature through the center’s interactive exhibits. This is also the place to meet up for ranger-led hikes, tours and nature-spotting sessions.

Find the Chickasaw National Recreation Area directly south of the town of Sulphur. Stay in the quiet, welcoming little town or pack up a tent and supplies and sleep in the wilderness itself.

Top Hotels Close to Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Super 8 by Wyndham Sulphur
Super 8 by Wyndham Sulphur
2 out of 5
2116 W Broadway Ave, Sulphur, OK
The price is $63 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in Sulphur, this motel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Chickasaw Cultural Center and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Lake of the Arbuckles ...
3.2/5 (193 reviews)
"All was fine Met what Iwas looking for"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Sulphur
The vacation home that has everything. Fishing, playing, hiking
The vacation home that has everything. Fishing, playing, hiking
Sulphur, OK
This family-friendly Sulphur vacation home is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake of the Arbuckles and Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Chickasaw ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (31 reviews)
Great location
"Great location! Minutes away from the lake, stores, restaurants & 30 minutes from Turner Falls."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

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The vacation home that has everything. Fishing, playing, hiking
Arbuckle Lake House. Sleep 7+.  Great deck for outdoor enjoyment.
Arbuckle Lake House. Sleep 7+. Great deck for outdoor enjoyment.
Sulphur, OK
This family-friendly Sulphur vacation home is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake of the Arbuckles and Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Chickasaw ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (76 reviews)
A house with a view
"We enjoyed the quiet and seclusion and the VIEW! From morning coffee on the deck with birds and deer to sunset dinners also on the deck, we were very pleased."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

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Arbuckle Lake House. Sleep 7+. Great deck for outdoor enjoyment.
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Super 8 by Wyndham Sulphur
Super 8 by Wyndham Sulphur
2 out of 5
2116 W Broadway Ave, Sulphur, OK
The price is $63 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Super 8 by Wyndham Sulphur
The vacation home that has everything. Fishing, playing, hiking
The vacation home that has everything. Fishing, playing, hiking
Sulphur, OK
The vacation home that has everything. Fishing, playing, hiking
Arbuckle Lake House. Sleep 7+.  Great deck for outdoor enjoyment.
Arbuckle Lake House. Sleep 7+. Great deck for outdoor enjoyment.
Sulphur, OK
Arbuckle Lake House. Sleep 7+. Great deck for outdoor enjoyment.
Secret Cove - a quiet Oklahoma vacation cabin rental
Secret Cove - a quiet Oklahoma vacation cabin rental
Sulphur, OK
Secret Cove - a quiet Oklahoma vacation cabin rental
Rustic Vacation Cabin in the Arbuckles of Southern Oklahoma
Rustic Vacation Cabin in the Arbuckles of Southern Oklahoma
Sulphur, OK
Rustic Vacation Cabin in the Arbuckles of Southern Oklahoma
Cricket Hollow – The  Naturalist’s Dream  is a spacious Vacation Home
Cricket Hollow – The Naturalist’s Dream is a spacious Vacation Home
Sulphur, OK
Cricket Hollow – The Naturalist’s Dream is a spacious Vacation Home
Newly Listed Rustic Gem!!! 3 Bedroom/2 Bath House
Newly Listed Rustic Gem!!! 3 Bedroom/2 Bath House
Sulphur, OK
Newly Listed Rustic Gem!!! 3 Bedroom/2 Bath House
The Moonlight Bay Chalet has Picture Perfect Water views
The Moonlight Bay Chalet has Picture Perfect Water views
Sulphur, OK
The Moonlight Bay Chalet has Picture Perfect Water views
Echo Canyon Spa Resort
Echo Canyon Spa Resort
3.5 out of 5
551 Lawton Ave, Sulphur, OK
The price is $249 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Echo Canyon Spa Resort
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