Robber's Cave State Park, OK

Dawn's sunlight creeps cautiously through the pines in the forest as if reluctant to wake the ghosts of sleeping outlaws. These are the San Bois Mountains, the secret heart of one of Oklahoma's last refuges for desperadoes like the James Brothers and Belle Starr. Robbers Cave State Park is a retreat from the frenzy of the modern world. Here you'll find a wealth of history, the beauty of nature and quiet broken only by the cry of a bluejay or the crack of a branch snapped by a startled deer.

Visitors find all sorts of ways to get acquainted with Robbers Cave State park. There are 12 miles of hiking trails from www.outdoorclub.orgwoodland rambles to rocky scrambles. Adventurous explorers will want to climb the path to "The Cave" and above the lookout and its spectacular view of the valley and pine-covered mountains. Rappellers take advantage of the steep cliff to practice their sport. Adjacent the park is a Wildlife Management Area with 3,800 acres of forested hunting ground.

Robber's Cave State Park Nature Centers

Robber's Cave SP Nature Center
Robber's Cave SP Nature Center

Housed in a natural stone bathhouse built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the nature center offers living displays of native animals and a schedule of activities. Whether it's listening to legends of Native Americans in the area, taking foliage walks or building a birdhouse, there i...

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Robber's Cave State Park Hiking Trails

Robber's Cave SP Nature Trails
Robber's Cave SP Nature Trails

Trails which lead through the short-leaf pine forest appeal to birders and other nature lovers. Robbers Cave is home to cardinals, chickadees, titmice, bluejays and other Oklahoma songbirds. Careful observers may catch a glimpse of the park's most unusual avian inhabitant, the pileated woodpecker. L...

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Robber's Cave State Park Equestrian

Robber's Cave SP Equestrian Trails
Robber's Cave SP Equestrian Trails

For those who want to explore on horseback, Robbers Cave State Park has nearly 50 miles of marked trails. The equestrian campground offers riders a place to camp and tie their horses after a day of trailriding. Starr D Outfitters and Riding Stables, located in the park, has horses for rent and organ...

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Robber's Cave State Park Campgrounds

Robber's Cave SP Camping
Robber's Cave SP Camping

Campers have many facilities from which to choose. There are five campgrounds with 122 sites ranging from modern with pull-throughs to unimproved. Riders can take advantage of the special accommodation in the equestrian campground. For those who really like to rough it, there are three primitive cam...

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Robber's Cave State Park Cabins

Robber's Cave SP Cabins
Robber's Cave SP Cabins

Tucked into the woods at Robber's Cave State Park are 26 rustic cabins. 19 are designed to sleep four people. Eight of these cabins are duplexes (two connecting), making them handy for larger families or groups. There are seven cabins with two bedrooms which will accommodate six apiece. Each has a f...

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Robber's Cave State Park Resorts

Robber's Cave SP Lodge

Brand-new Belle Starr Lodge blends into its hilltop setting with its green-stained wood construction and tree trunk pillars. Every room commands an impressive view of Coon Creek Lake and the valley below. Small patios with furniture make this an ideal spot to enjoy morning coffee. Each of the lodges...

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Robber's Cave State Park Natural Attractions

Robber's Cave
Robber's Cave

Once the home of prehistoric tribal groups, the area later became the hunting ground for Caddo and Osage Indians who then traded with the French fur trappers that began making their way through the area. Outlaw legends began to grow around a robbers' cave during the Civil War when deserters from bot...

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Robber's Cave State Park Fishing

Robber's Cave Fishing
Robber's Cave Fishing

Fishing is popular in the park's three lakes - Lake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace, and Coon Creek Lake. Catches include largemouth bass, black and white crappie, perch, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish. The record fish is a 12 pound, five ounce largemouth bass caught in 1997. From November 1 until March...

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Robber's Cave State Park Rappelling

Robber's Cave SP Rock Climbing
Robber's Cave SP Rock Climbing

There are many ideal rock climbing/rappelling areas at Robber's Cave State Park along with hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding trails. The adjoining wildlife area contains over 25 miles of trails (many are closed during hunting seasons). ...

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