Boiling Springs State Park originated in 1932 and was named after their natural springs that look like they are boiling. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was sold to the City of Woodward in 1935. There was already a swimming hole at the park but the CCC did some development work and built up the park and the area around it in 1939. There is a monument in the main picnic area to remember the contributions these men made by working so hard on the park.
This awesome 820-acre natural area has many of the things we have grown used to seeing in a park such as a park office, tent and RV campgrounds, trails, and a swimming area. But it also has much more, like a swimming pool, cabins, a gift shop, and even an 18-hole golf course. You can also find five playgrounds for the kids, a shower house, and Shaul Lake, which is a spring-fed, seven-acre lake with tons of hungry fish.
If you want to have a picnic or family gathering, Boiling Springs State Park has more than 150 picnic tables with BBQ grills and plenty of shade. There are also three large pavilions with water, BBQ grills, picnic tables, and electricity. Also nearby you can find the North Canadian River with white sandy beaches. If you are driving your campervan through Oklahoma, Boiling Springs State Park is the place to go.
Boiling Springs State Park can be found about six miles northeast of Woodward, Oklahoma. It's located just a few hours from Tulsa and Oklahoma City in northwest Oklahoma. To get here, head west on Highway 412 and north on South County Road 210 to the entrance on 50B. The highways are well cared for and paved but when you get onto County Road 210, they get a bit more challenging.
Take it slow and easy if you are driving a big RV or pulling a camper or trailer because the roads get narrow and curvy the closer you get to the park. Also, you should keep your camera handy and eyes peeled for any critters that might wander onto the road.
As you enter the park you will notice that the roads are nicely cared for and easy to maneuver even with a big rig. However, as you get further into the park and back by the campgrounds, the gravel roads are narrow, and some may be difficult to turn onto with an RV or trailer. Many campers park their rig at their campsite and walk or ride bikes around the park, so they do not have to worry about driving.
The Spring Hill Campground has 29 huge campsites with plenty of room for your RV or trailer. They each have a standup BBQ pit, electric hookups, and a picnic table. These sites are big enough for you to set up a kiddie pool and play outdoor games without bothering your neighbors and you are close to the showers, which takes quarters. The restrooms are at the shower house and there are several vault toilets around too. Water access is limited but you can find a few spigots if you ask around. Like the other campground, this one also has a short and easy quarter-mile trail starting here. The park is clean and well taken care of so your experience will be enjoyable no matter what time of year you come. And you can bring your dog too as long as they are on a leash or otherwise restrained at all times.
The Whitetail Campground is a wooded area on the eastern edge of the park with 10 nicely shaded RV campsites up to 75 feet long. They each have electric and water hookups and you are right by the shower house, which has hot water. Bring some change because it takes quarters. There are several bathrooms and one restroom with flush toilets by the campground. Each site also has a wood picnic table, a BBQ/fire pit, and is close to the North Canadian River. There is also a trail called the Whitetail Trail that starts at the campground and takes you on a short and easy quarter-mile hike so you can work up an appetite before dinner. And you can bring your dog too as long as they are on a leash or otherwise restrained at all times.
You will have a variety of choices for swimming at Boiling Springs State Park so make sure you pack the floaties and beach toys in the camper. You can find a public swimming pool with a lifeguard by the park office. In addition, there is a beach by the picnic area on Shaul Lake. There is also an awesome swimming section south of Shaul Lake with a stone-lined wading pool for kids. You can also swim in the North Canadian River but remember that you will be swimming at your own risk.
Don’t forget to pack your fishing gear because you can find a wide variety of fish in Shaul Lake. Try your luck with a lure or jig for bass or you can try a bobber and worm for crappie, bluegill, or sunfish. If you are looking for the big game fish, there are some huge catfish, carp, and even some trout in the Northern Canadian River. Try a big weight with some live bait and you should be able to catch a whopper.
Like to golf? You won’t find many RV camping parks with a golf course, but you can find one here. The Boiling Springs Golf Course, which is an 18-hole course, is in a wooded setting with beautiful, lush greens with water hazards, sand traps, and many other high-quality features. You can always find a golf cart waiting for you and the Proshop has extra balls and even golf clubs in case you forget to pack yours in the RV. And bring a camera because the scenery is a sight to behold.
You cannot come to the Boiling Springs State Park and just sit in the camper the whole time. There is 820 acres out there for you to explore and five trails to help you do it. The River Nature Trail is three-quarters of a mile and runs from the park road to the river. The Spring Trail is a quarter-mile trek that starts at the Spring Hill Campground. The Whitetail Trail is a quarter mile from the Whitetail Campground into the woods. The Burma Road Trail is 1.5 miles and the Scout Interpretive Trail takes you through 1.5 miles of the park’s flora and fauna.
Gather your friends and family and pack them into the RV so you can have a picnic in the park. You can find more than 150 picnic tables and BBQ pits through the park that are shaded and near playgrounds and restrooms. There are also three pavilions with electricity, water, restrooms, tables, and BBQ pits. Many of these are close to the lake or the river so you can do some fishing before dinner or even catch your dinner.
Whether you are into hiking or biking, you can head into the woods and find some wildlife to spy on. Pick a nice, quiet spot in the woods and just take a seat with your binoculars or camera and you can see all sorts of critters like whitetail deer, rabbits, beavers, and raccoons. There are also hundreds of species of birds including turkeys, waterfowl, and raptors like the bald eagle and red-tailed hawk. In fact, you can even sit by the window in the RV and watch for those critters that tend to come visit campsites for the food that gets dropped on the ground.