With over 19,000 surface acres and 225 miles of shoreline on Ft. Gibson Lake, Sequoyah State Park is a haven for outdoor and water sport enthusiasts. Located in eastern Oklahoma just 45 miles outside of Tulsa, the park opened in 1948 and receives over 250,000 visitors a year from people who seek adrenaline inducing activities, or from those who want to kick back and relax.
There are plenty of recreational activities available at Sequoyah State Park, including hiking, swimming, horseback riding, golfing, and western-themed activities. Take to the hiking trails to further explore the scenery of the park, or rent a boat and get out on the lake to float the day away. If you want to learn more about the park and the area, check out the Three Forks Nature Center. It offers exhibits, displays, live animals and an on-site naturalist who will tell you more about the animals and the area.
The views over the lake are superb, and the park has really nice modern facilities. There are three campgrounds in total at Sequoyah State Park that all feature modern and semi modern camping facilities. Some of these sites even have level concrete pads - a dream for RV campers! Peak season at the park is March through to October.
RV Rentals in Sequoyah State Park
Transportation in Sequoyah State Park
Reaching the park is relatively easy as it is serviced by the OK 51. The two closest cities to Sequoyah State Park are Tulsa and Fayetteville. The closest town is to the west is called Wagoner.
If you are coming from Wagoner: At the intersection of US Highway 69 and Highway 51, head east on Highway 51 towards Cherokee St. After 1.5 miles on Highway 51, turn right onto McQuarrie Ave. Continue on Highway 51 as it curves back to east again, and follow it for approximately seven miles. The park will then be to the right.
From Fayetteville: Follow US-62 West for 55 miles. Follow signs for US 51 West and continue for 21 miles. Turn right onto E Allen Road, then turn right onto OK 82 N/Bertha Parker Bypass. After around two miles turn left to OK 51 Spur and then in three miles turn right onto OK 51 W Choctaw St. Continue for 15 miles and you will see the park entrance on the left.
From Muskogee: Take the OK-16 East 14 miles to Wagoner. Once you reach the intersection. head east on Highway 51 towards Cherokee St. After 1.5 miles on Highway 51, turn right onto McQuarrie Ave. Continue on Highway 51 as it curves back to east again, and follow it for approximately seven miles. The park will then be to the right.
There is plenty of parking available at Sequoyah State Park, with room for vehicles as large as busses.
Campgrounds and parking in Sequoyah State Park
Campsites in Sequoyah State Park
The Cherokee campground has 60 sites available. Some of these sites have 50 amp electric, but none of them will have full hookups. During the winter time this campground is only open for day use, so reserve one of the other two if you plan to visit during winter.
Facilities in the Cherokee campground includes toilets, showers, picnic area, dump station and it has easy access to a boat ramp and boat dock. Generators may be used before 11PM and after 6AM, as this block of time is known as the quiet time in the park.
The Choctaw campground is located in the southern area of the park. It offers 24 full hookup sites with concrete pads. This campground has the least facilities out of the three as there is no dump station available. You still will be able to find amenities such as a toilet block, showers and picnic area. Full hookups will still be available at this campground during winter.
If you need to stock up on supplies there is a small concessions store at the marina and Three Forks Nature Center. The town of Wagoner is less than ten miles away and will have everything you need to enjoy your stay if you forget anything.
There are three campgrounds at different locations throughout Sequoyah State Park that are suitable for RVs. The Seminole Campground is located on the western side of the park near Fort Lake Gibson. There are 20 full hookup sites and 20 sites with water and 30 amp electric hookups for your RV at Seminole.
Other facilities here include toilet block, showers, lake hut, picnic table, dump station and boat ramp. This is the most modern of the campgrounds, with renovations taking place recently. When staying in the Seminole campground you will have beautiful sunsets to the east of where you are set up. During the winter time this is will also be the best choice out of the three campgrounds as it has the most facilities available.
Seasonal activities in Sequoyah State Park
Located adjacent to Western Hills Guest Ranch, Sequoyah State Park also has a riding stable! The stable offers horseback riding, carriage rides, hay rides and pony rides for people of all shapes, sizes and skill levels. There are plenty of great horse-riding trails within the park and you will have a great view of all the wildlife from the saddle of a horse. If you would like to go horse riding you must make a reservation before you reach the campground.
Fort Lake Gibson in Sequoyah State Park is a great place to get out on the water. There is a full-service marina within the park that can assist with boat rentals, gas and snacks, slip rental, paddle boats and bait and tackle supplies if you feel like fishing. The marina is open seven days. There are also lighted boat ramps at the park so you can get on the water early or come back late without having to rely on flashlights to brighten up the area.
If you fancy a spot of golfing whilst RVing, Sequoyah State Park is the place for you. The park has an 18-hole, par 70 golf course with great lake views, sand bunkers and Ultradwarf Bermuda grass greens. The course also has great facilities, including a pro shop with cart and club rental, snacks, refreshments lessons, and a gift shop. For those wanting to try a different type of golfing there is also an 18 hole disc golf course located alongside the main golf course .
Fort Lake Gibson is a perfect place to cast a line, so if you are thinking about having a fish, do it! If you don't have a boat or don't want to rent one, don't stress. There are several miles of shoreline that you can find, ranging from terrains such as bluffs, grassy banks and pea gravel. The species of fish in the lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, spotted and white bass.
Three Forks Nature Center
The Three Forks Nature Center is located in the Sequoyah State Park. The Nature Center offers a variety of live animals, educational displays, and programs throughout the year for the young and the old. Some of the animals that reside at the nature center include a red fox, a coyote, and a barred owl. There are always free programs going on at the center, so contact them before your trip to see if there is anything you are interested in.
The Sequoyah State Park has an excellent trail system if you want to get out and do some hiking. In total there are four hiking trails and one interpretive trail that is suited for beginner to intermediate-level hikers. If you are looking to do a winter hike, try the Eagles Roost trail. It is a 1.25 mile long loop that takes guests through a wooded area and along the Fort Gibson Lake flood plains. This area is a popular roosting area for bald eagles during the winter months, so if you are lucky you might get to see one or two of these impressive animals.