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.