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42 in 52: Sequoyah State Park

August 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Levee near Sequoyah State Park. 17131 Park 10
HulbertOK 74441 

One of Northeast Oklahoma's best kept secrets is hidden right outside of Wagoner, OK on HWY 51 at Sequoyah State Park. This state park boasts access to over 19,000 acres of water and 225 miles of shoreline which makes it a prime location for boaters and campers alike.

The park offers 5 campgrounds, named after each of the 5 civilized Native American tribes: Seminole, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee. We stayed in the Choctaw Campground just down the hill from the RV sites. This area was as remote as you could get in the park on a busy Summer weekend. 

Sequoyah State Park Map

The park has numerous ADA compliant walking trails, hiking trails, and biking trails available and all were in good shape and maintained while we were there. The Whispering Springs Mountain Bike Trail has quickly become one of my favorite go-to trails around the Tahlequah area. The trail has several loops all totaling up to 14 miles. There are sections for every level of biking experience.

The park also offers an 18-hole, par-70 golf course that is fairly challenging and normally shows little traffic. The course is long and hilly and sections of the course border the lake. Be aware that if high water is present, part of the course could be under water. 

Our campsite was clean and well kept. We did however, have to pay an extra $2 for a site with a concrete table instead of a wooden table. This frustrated me, but there were very few sites available since we came in on a Saturday. We spent most of the evening exploring around the campground and spent a considerable amount of time at the levee that sits in a cove around the Choctaw campground. The levee gave way to beautiful views of the sunset and of the forest surrounding Lake Fort Gibson.

Levee at sunset near Choctaw Campground. We settled down that evening after a delicious meal and enjoyed a cup of wine and watching the fire-flies. Being next to the RV section normally means a much louder environment than most campgrounds with generators and engines running, not to mention the yappy dogs and small children. In this case, our tent site was quiet and almost scenic. Be sure to be on the look-out for my list of Top-10 Most Annoying People at State Parks in Oklahoma. 

Lake Fort Gibson is a great lake for boating and fishing. The water is less-clear than many lakes around the area, but the number of ramps and marinas makes Fort Gibson a great alternative to the busier and larger lakes in NE Oklahoma.

Lake Fort Gibson Map

 

Campfire at Choctaw Campground. We woke up with the sun to great weather. We made quick work of some breakfast burritos/tacos and loaded up the car to head home for the weekend. Sequoyah State Park was a pleasant surprise for being as close to Tahlequah as it is. This state park is a great option for a family trying to get out and have most of the comforts of home in addition to a beautiful lake. 

I want to hear from the readers of my blog...What State Park do you want me to visit next? What have you liked about the posts so far? I love to hear feedback and I hope my dedicated readers (you know who you are) really enjoy my travels and adventures.

As always, you can see all of the images from this trip here!

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