Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
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The state's first national park.
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ems_jls
Marlboro, NJ103 contributions
Jun 2022
I read about Platt National Park growing up and now many years later wanted to see what it takes to get demoted from that status. Yes, it's borderline at best for being a national park, but nonetheless worth going to. Lots of families wading in the streams and pools, the best of those being Little Niagara where you can see kids jumping off the falls with varying degrees of bravery. At the Bison Pasture, if you don't see them from the road turnoff, there is a hiking trail around it, and within a few minutes' walk we saw a group of 5-6 moving slowly and resting in the hot sun. Bromide Hill has a cliff with not the most spectacular of views but still warranting not getting close to the edge. Veterans Lake in appealing and has a boat dock which if you walk out on it brings you a refreshing breeze.
Written July 2, 2022
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Justin P
Raleigh, NC4,486 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
My wife and I spent a day hiking and exploring in Chickasaw National Recreationa Area. We first hiked Bison Pasture Trail, a scenic 2-mile loop around the bison pasture, though we didn't see any in. A spur leads up to Bromide Hill with nice views. We then went to the Travertine Nature Center and hiked up to the springs and then down past the small waterfalls. Swimming and wading is only allowed downstream of the nature center. It was a little cold in April to swim, but I wore water shoes and splashed around a bit. Lots of wildflowers and wildlife - butterflies, hawks, herons and we finally found the bison in a different enclosure. Overall, lots of fun to see and do. I would definitely visit again if in the area.
Written May 14, 2023
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sportygrandma
Atlanta, GA47 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a wonderful park of great natural beauty, well kept and maintained. Many places to soak in the natural springs. We hiked the trail behind the nature center through the woods to Antelope and Buffalo Springs. Remnants of old CCC work around the park. Great place to relax and recreate!
Written July 10, 2020
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rhia474
Irving, TX25 contributions
Mar 2021
A great, slightly hidden treasure that is overshadowed by nearby and way too touristy Turner Falls. This state park is free, has lovely drives and hiking trails, a great visitor center with a lovely little exhibit on the area, clean restrooms (!) even its own buffalo herd. Did I mention this incredible place is FREE to enter and use? Please consider stopping by the tiny gift shop and supporting the place by buying a t-shirt?
We are planning on going back in the summer and utilizing the campgrounds/cabins. There is so much to see, watch and learn here.
Written March 18, 2021
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Lauradiane1951
Yukon, OK81 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Loving nature, I travel to see many parks and creatures. In this nature reserve I video taped deer. I saw fish jump out of Veterans Lake. I saw many large raptors, turtles, and foliage. Although it was desolate this past week, I so enjoyed driving all the way through this recreational area. It’s beautiful.
Written March 6, 2020
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CavemanHHH
Placitas, NM984 contributions
Mar 2023
Made our reservations weeks out on the very easy website. Using the website & google earth I found the perfect campsites.
The Disabled Veterans discount was helpful.
The camp host very full of input about the campgrounds & local area. Campsites were very clean & maintained. We even walked around picking up any trash raccoons had pulled out of dumpsters. Yes raccoons were out so make sure you store all food properly.
Camping during the week is outstanding. We had the whole area to ourselves for a few nights.
Showers & bathrooms were great, clean, & working very well. You will very much love this place.
Written April 12, 2023
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Elisa P
Austin TX188 contributions
Sep 2020
The main part of the park - with the creek, falls and springs - is a stunning piece of land. But that and the fact that it is right in Sulpher OK makes it really busy. We were there on a sunny Saturday with 70F temps. So it got really crowded, loud and hectic. Someone even asked for our picnic table before we planned to leave. But we wanted to explore so it was all good. We didn't get a chance to see the RV campgrounds. But the tent campgrounds were crowded and lacked natural privacy. We prefer some quiet and privacy when we are in nature. So we wouldn't make this park a camping destination but are glad we stopped by. Also note that dogs aren't allowed on some of the trails with springs. Two things to check out: 1) The creek going under the nature center and 2) Arbuckle Fried Mountain Pies nearby in Davis OK.
Written September 20, 2020
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Jennifer S
Magnolia, TX17 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We took our 11 year old son there on a Saturday and it was extremely crowded with almost no where to park. We ended up walking about a mile to get to Little Niagra. In between the walking was also spots to cool off and play around. The scenery is beautiful but if your wanting to take pictures of the beautiful waterfalls, forget about it. Tons of people perched on the falls and in the water. We bought a tube and ended up really enjoying that because you can drift away from the crowds and enjoy the scenery. All in all we enjoyed our time and our 11 year old had a blast. So if you don't mind very large crowds of people and just want to cool off with everyone, then you should be fine. I think I will try to come back in the Fall for trail hiking and picture taking.
Written July 25, 2021
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Denise D
Tampa, FL250 contributions
Apr 2021
My husband and I sort of stumbled on this place while staying at a hotel nearby. We were pleasantly surprised at how well-maintained the trails were, how easy it was to get around, and how clean all the facilities are. We visited in early spring, and things were just starting to bloom. Beautiful way to spend a morning.
Written May 29, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,809 contributions
Jun 2021
We visited the Chickasaw NRA to do some hiking and really enjoyed the nicely-maintained park and trails. We quickly stopped at the Travertine Nature Center to see its displays and get a map from the park ranger. Then we hiked, seeing sites including Buffalo and Antelope springs, and the view from Bromide Hill. There are several places where you can swim in the water, including at Little Niagara - we didn't swim but saw many families enjoying the water on a warm day. There is also a herd of bison in the area - we were told 8 adults, with 4 babies born this year, and we had the good fortune of seeing some of them relaxing near the Bison Viewing Area. This area was a great one to visit and we enjoyed the many different types of sights available in the various corners of the park.
Written June 14, 2021
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