Visit northeast Oklahoma and fall in love with the rolling hills and dense hardwood forest of Osage Hills State Park. The park, nestled among blackjack oak timber and the cascading waters of Sand Creek Falls, is a little gem located near Oklahoma’s Tallgrass Prairie.
The park’s land, once an Osage Indian settlement, is deeply rooted in history. Formerly a location for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and one of the seven original Oklahoma state parks constructed for the CCC, Osage Hills State Park still has many of the original buildings still standing. The unique history of the area compliments the natural charm of the park, making it a perfect place to stay.
Visit Oklahoma during every season. The park is open year round, although some areas may have seasonal closures during the winter and in inclement weather. Each season offers recreational activities and plenty of things to see. One of the best times of year to visit is the fall when the foliage transforms the oak trees into sparks of red, orange, and yellow. Take your RV through the hills and witness the fall through the windows of your motorhome or trailer.
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Transportation in Osage Hills State Park
Travel through some of Oklahoma’s most scenic areas on your way to or from Osage Hills State Park. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth and is located only 29 miles away from the state park.
The park is located just outside some smaller Oklahoma towns. From Bartlesville, travel 11 miles west of on Hwy 60 from Hwy 123, or from Pawhuska, the park is only 16 miles east on Hwy 60 and OK 35-S.
Visitors coming from larger cities will find the park easily accessible. It is 60 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma and 124 miles southeast of Wichita, Kansas.
Campgrounds and parking in Osage Hills State Park
Campsites in Osage Hills State Park
Osage Hill State Park Campground
This pet-friendly campground is a small, reservation only, year-round campground. The back in and pull through spaces range in size from 29—60 feet, but be aware that most of the sites in this campground are 31—50 in length. Each space has either 30 or 50 amp electrical hookups and water. During winter operation, water and comfort stations are winterized, so visitors needing potable water must get water at the entrance to the RV area before setting up camp. Each space has a table and a firepit, and the community areas offer comfort stations with showers and toilets as well as a dump station. Please silence generators between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am.
Seasonal activities in Osage Hills State Park
Bring your tackle box and your fishing pole and spend time outside fishing! Both Lookout Lake and Sand Creek in Osage Hills State Park provide excellent opportunities for fishing, and both the lake and stream have many species of fish such as bass, crappie, catfish, and perch. The state of Oklahoma requires a fishing license to fish. Pick up one of the many different licenses, including a junior fishing license for kids, offered at any sporting goods store or local mercantile. For more fishing information, contact the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.
After spending a day outside in nature, bring the whole family to the swimming pool to cool off. The swimming pool is open seasonally between Memorial Day weekend through the middle of the summer. Check with the park for the official closing date, as it is subject to change. The pool charges a small admission fee for children and adults and is open Tuesday—Saturday, weather permitting. The pool is closed for maintenance on Mondays. For more pool information, including hours of operation, contact the park’s office.
Osage Hills State Park hosts a variety of special activities and events throughout the year. The park’s staff creates events that will interest people of all ages. These events change seasonally and vary from outdoor activities such as hayrides to more hands-on activities such as crafts or wood carving. Visit the park’s event page for more information, and see if there is a fishing clinic or a guided nature hike when you come to visit!
Osage Hills State Park was once commissioned a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Franklin D. Roosevelt established the CCC as part of his New Deal program, and the primary goal of the CCC was to provide jobs and training for unemployed youth while conserving the nation’s natural resources. The self-guided tour takes visitors to nine different historical locations throughout the park. At each site, visitors will learn about the significance of each stop and why it was essential to the CCC’s mission. Visitors can print the walking tour before arriving at the park, or pick up more information from the park office.
The Osage Hills State Park Trail system is a hiking and biking trail that explores northeastern Oklahoma’s natural terrain. The park’s trails are unpaved, and they are rated as a beginner level trail system. To access the trails, start at the trailhead, which is centrally located within the park. The Creek Loop trail is one and a half- miles long and takes hikers along rocky bluffs and a heavily wooded area. The Lake Trail is a straight trail that takes hikers past the old Civilian Conservation Corps campground and around the lake before it merges with the Overlook Trail. The Overlook trail starts where the Lake Trail ends. Take the Overlook Trail to the dead end, Lookout Tower, and then head back south to the trailhead to complete the hike.
Oklahoma’s dry air and flat landscape make the state a national hotspot for stargazing. Osage Hills State Park is one of the best star viewing areas in the state because of its remote location. Because small towns surround the park, light pollution is almost non-existent. These ultra dark skies make the stars burst brilliantly from their black canvas. Visitors can stargaze from their camping spots, join an organized star party, or sit on the back porch of the resort lodge and gaze skyward. You don’t need any equipment but your naked eye to take in the spectacular celestial show.