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Perched along the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains, south of Sulphur in south-central Oklahoma lies Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Situated roughly 87 miles away from Oklahoma City, this national recreation area is a favorite spot for motorhome camping enthusiasts trying to escape the stress of busy city life. With so many recreational activities on offer in the area, it’s the perfect place to set up base camp for your rental RV. To experience some of Oklahoma’s most sought after tourist attractions, search for an RV in Sulphur, and have a blast doing some state park RV camping.

Formally known as Platt National Park, Chickasaw National Recreation Area preserves the forested hills while protecting the freshwater and mineral springs in Murry County, Oklahoma. The Natives called this area, ‘the peaceful valley of rippling waters,’ a testament to the area’s tranquility. The Lake of the Arbuckles occupies much of the park and is a hotbed for swimming, fishing, and boat skiing. This area also has a pristine jungle with nature trails, which is popular among hikers. Thinking of visiting the area? Get your hands on the best Oklahoma City camper rental and tick Chickasaw National Recreation Area off your bucket list.

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Getting Outdoors

When it comes to fishing, you’ll not be disappointed at the variety of fish at the Lake of the Arbuckles. With an impressive 36 miles of shoreline, this lake boasts of some of the best bass fishing in the region. Apart from bass, other species to look out for include crappie, catfish, and bluegill. While boating or canoeing, you’ll enjoy fishing in the deeper crystal clear waters. Sailing and skiing are also common in the lake.

Waterfall chasers and swimming enthusiasts, don’t forget to pack your favorite swimming gear in your RV rental. The Little Niagara Falls, which lies just inside the park, has a large pool at the base, which makes for a good family swimming spot. Also, there’s a bigger fall at the neighboring Turner Falls Park in Davis. Aside from waterfalls, visitors frequent this area to view the natural caves and the rock cliffs.

Looking forward to stretching your legs? Chickasaw National Recreation Area is home to multiple trails, suitable for both novice and skilled hikers. Some of the trails include the easy 1.2 miles Antelope and Buffalo springs Trail and the moderate 1.9 miles Bison Pasture Trail. Many of these trails offer sights of pristine streams, waterfalls, and wildlife views. Seasonal hunting is allowed, but you’ll need to obtain the Oklahoma hunting license.

Camping at Chickasaw National Recreation Area

When weighing your options on the ideal spot to camp within the vicinity of the recreational area, the Buckhorn Campground is one of the places to consider. The campground is located on the shores of the lake, offering epic lake views. Even though sewer hookups aren’t provided, water and electric hookups are available. Additional features include restrooms and good mobile coverage for all major carriers. Water-based activities, such as boating and fishing are very common here.

When you’re looking for a campground with more amenities, then check out the Arbuckle RV Resort in Sulphur. This campground has ample back-in sites that are set on gravel. For starters, there are full hookups for your Sulphur camper rental. Additional amenities include WiFi, showers, and a laundry room. Kids will love the swings and the playground, and you’ll not have to leave your pets behind as pets are allowed. For recreation, guests camping with an RV here get a chance to try out swimming, fishing, and disc golfing.

Exploring the Area

When your time camping at Chickasaw National Recreation Area is almost over, spare some time and explore more fun spots in the region. Perhaps, start by connecting with the local Native American history and culture at the Chickasaw Cultural Center museum, right in the heart of the park. This state-of-the-art museum features exhibits and artifacts of the Chickasaw people. Before leaving, hop into their gift shop and buy some souvenirs.

Leap back to the past of the Chickasaw Nation at the Chickasaw National Capitol Building in Tishomingo. Here you’ll learn about the Chickasaw's independence, their identity, and their Victorian gothic-style architecture. Follow it up with a short trip to the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum. Hidden at the heart of the city, this museum displays some original stuff of the city, including a courtroom, jail, and even the old telephone switchboard.

To keep the kids entertained, drive off in your travel trailer towards Pauls Valley. Kids will love riding the toys and the action figures at the Toy & Action Figure Museum. A stone’s throw away lies the Pauls Valley Waterpark, where they’ll enjoy the thrill of riding the slides and swimming on the lazy river. After a fun time in the cool waters, outdoor sports fans should check out the neighboring Wacker Park for some outdoor sports courts such as tennis courts, baseball fields, and football fields.

Should time allow, teach your children to overcome the fear of heights by riding the exhilarating zip lines at Arbuckle Mountains. With some zip lines as long as 1800 feet, you’ll be guaranteed of incredible views of the mountain ridge, as well as the beautiful surroundings. After an incredible time at the mountain, head over to the Davis Town to fill up your bellies. Here, you’ll get everything from American Burgers, tasty Italian pizzas, to even Tex-Mex fajitas.

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