Me (Kay) and my sister, Lori, have a tradition of going on a trip together each year. And since we bought our "National Park Passport books, we have tried to incorporate parks on our trips. In the Mid-west, that is kind of hard, sometimes. We had a destination set for Oklahoma this year, so Lori decided to look up State Parks we could hike in. (Thanks for that, Lori!) Along with many other states, Oklahoma is having budget whoas. In looking to make cuts, it has been suggested that their State Parks might be on the chopping block. We had no idea about this when we started our search.
Anyhow, Lori found a Osage Hills State Park in Northeast OK and thought it looked good for a hike after we got to our hotel. We headed out and found a gem of a State Park! The Campground is large and seemed to be well taken care of. The hiking trails were well groomed, but not well marked. After checking in at the Ranger Station and getting the lay of the land, we decided on 2 trails to see the water features of the park, the creek and the falls.
The bluffs were beautiful and reminded me much of Missouri. I could have sat here all day. It would have been a great place to picnic, but that wasn't the plan this time.
The Falls were not what I had had in mind when we saw them on the map. They are more of a "step-down" falls than the waterfalls we see when we go into the mountains. Sand Creek was VERY full from lots of Spring rains. It was beautiful! We saw many people "hanging out" on the rocks near and in the creek. In talking to the locals, we found out that this was a refuge for them and they were quick to tell us that we should enjoy it before it was gone.
All in all, I hope that this State Park is around for me to visit again. It is a great place to enjoy nature and seek refuge from life for awhile.
Check out our video of our Adventure!
Kay and Matt enjoy hiking all over the USA. We have a YouTube Channel to video our adventures, this blog, and we are working on building an app to allow others to go on adventures too.