Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Folklore says that the ancient people called this place “the Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters”.
Here one’s mind may wander back in time when the early American Indian came to this area to rest, relax at the water’s edge and hunt for food from the abundant wildlife.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area has been the setting for generations of traditional family activity that represents part of our American heritage. It adds measurably to the quality of life for visitors and area residents by providing opportunities to experience a wide range of outdoor experiences--swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and observing nature, hunting, camping and picnicking reminding us of the rural character in the history of the American people.
Mineral springs, streams, lakes - water has always been the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. A visit to the park should start by stopping at the Travertine Information and Nature Center that sits on top of Travertine Creek. The Nature Center offers numerous activities, exhibits, dioramas, as well as live fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey and an interactive learning area for people of all ages.
Brisk Hike? Leisurely stroll? With over 18 miles of trails including a newly constructed two-mile long paved handicapped trail, Chickasaw National Recreation Area is sure to have a trail just for you. Along the way you’ll discover riverbanks graced with sycamore, willows and cottonwoods with a mix of prairie grass, prickly pear cactus and even yucca along the way. Just Up ahead the cool waters of Little Niagara Waterfall, Travertine Creek and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Streams are cold and clear all year. Rock Creek has a small beach suitable for sunbathing.
Spectacular views await you on the Bison Pasture Trail. Named for the small herd of Bison, brought here in 1920 from Yellowstone National Park this trail offers the very best of views. Bromide Hill rises up 140 feet over the surrounding terrain and as you climb the hill hardwood trees disappear into a sea of prairie grass.
Buckhorn Area Trail is one of the best places to spot wildlife (or signs of their activity) including armadillos, wild turkeys and fox squirrels. The lakeshore is also alive with a number of amphibians, minnows and turtles.
Veterans Lake Trail snakes around the 67-acre manmade Veterans Lake abundant with wildlife and wildflowers. A 3 mile cement walking trail goes around Veterans Lake if you have a passion for the outdoors. Canada geese can be spotted fall and spring using the lake as a stop over.
Rock Creek Trail is a hotspot for horseback riders and mountain bikers. Nearly nine miles round trip across fields, forests and hills, this trail offers a variety of terrain anyone can appreciate. Rock fields and creek crossings create a fun and scenic ride.
Six campgrounds, including three on the shores of the Lake of the Arbuckles, provide visitors with a total outdoor experience. All campsites have picnic tables and fire rings.
Chickasaw National Recreational Area is popular for boating and Lake of the Arbuckles is the main attraction. Whether you like to fish, water ski, canoe or enjoy recreational boating, the park offers the perfect setting.
Hunting is allowed in the park within the guidelines of the state of Oklahoma.
Located between Oklahoma City and Dallas, Texas in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, Chickasaw National Recreation Area is one of the most popular parks in the country with just over three million visitors each year.
For more information please call 580-622-7234.
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