As Oklahoma City’s summer comes to an end, we here at The Better Life think there is no better time to explore the great outdoors. In Oklahoma City, there are plenty of places that are perfect for a camping excursion with family or friends. We may live in the largest city in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel far to get campy this summer or fall.
For the folks in north OKC, Arcadia Lake in nearby Edmond has four parks and more than 140 campsites, ranging from full hook-up campsites to primitive spots (a.k.a. no water or electric hook-ups). Each site has access to picnic areas and fire pits, as well as community water and restrooms.
Lake Stanley Draper, located in southeast Oklahoma City, is the City’s largest lake and outdoor recreation area. The Lake Draper Marina offers a range of primitive camping locations near the southwest corner of the lake and close to the trailhead of the CrossTimbers Riding Area. Camping permits are available for $8 a day for each site.
Lake Thunderbird State Park is 13 miles east of Norman and full of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails sprinkled amidst its 447 campsites and 86 miles of shoreline. The nearby Discovery Cove Nature Center offers programs throughout the year and displays snakes, animals, furs and artifacts native to the region.
In northern Oklahoma City is Bluff Creek Trail. The trail is a single loop with tight turns and pulse pumping challenges. At 3.5 miles you’ll get in plenty of exhilaration without ending totally tuckered out.