Located in the heart of Osage Nation, just west of Bartlesville lies Osage Hills State Park, a prime example of some of the natural beauty that Oklahoma contains. The park covers an area of 1100 acres, made up of rocky bluffs, waterways, and thick forest. Lay in the campground at night listening to the cascading waters of Sand Creek Falls or take in the stunning night sky, rent an RV in Osage County for an experience to remember.
The park is steeped in history, going back in history, it was once an Osage Indian settlement before becoming the location for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many of these buildings are still standing, making it a fascinating place to visit. Any time of year is a good time to visit the state park, with different sights to take in and activities to take part in depending on the season. As well as the park itself, its surroundings are very interesting, located close to the towns of Bartlesville, Pawhuska, and Copan, to name a few.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities for those that make use of the state park RV campgrounds. There are two main fishing spots to choose from, either Sand Creek or Lookout Lake, both of which challenge avid anglers to catch a range of species including catfish, perch, crappie, and bass to name just a few. If you don't have your own fishing boat, then you are able to rent one directly from the park at the lake edge.
There are many different hiking trails to make use of, some of which will challenge even the most advanced hiker. The terrain is both hilly and rocky, meaning that many mountain bikers also head to the area to try their luck on the hills. For other sports enthusiasts, there is also tennis courts and ball field available for games, and the swimming pool is an ideal way to cool off on a hot summer's day whether or not you are camping with an RV.
The night sky in the state park is incredible, as the dry air and flat landscape of Oklahoma make it a national hotspot for stargazing. Because of its remote location, the view of the stars from the park and motorhome camping area can be incredible, so much so that there are regular, organized star parties. However, you don't need to join a group to see these sights, or any equipment, just sit back and enjoy the natural show from the comfort of your RV when camping at Osage Hills State Park.
Camping at Osage Hills State Park
There are 20 RV sites available at Osage Hills State Park, all of which have electricity and water hookups. There is also a dump station for those that are camping with an RV. For campers use, there is a picnic area with picnic pavilions in case of bad weather, as well as a large facility containing modern bathhouses.
The campgrounds are pet-friendly and are open throughout the year, which can come in handy. The sites range in size, so there should always be one that fits your rental RV, especially as they are reservation only. Each space has a table and a fire pit, ideal for those chillier evenings.
A group camp is another option for those staying at the park with lots of family and friends.
Exploring the Area
The large, busy town of Bartlesville is very close to the state park, and there are many attractions packed into the town. For those looking for a kid-friendly day trip, then Bartlesville Kiddie Park could be a good option. It is an outdoor amusement park build for children and works on a ticket basis, making it ideal for just a quick stop before continuing to explore the rest of the town.
For the adults, the Bartlesville Area History Museum can be fascinating, and as the name suggests, gives an insight into the history of the local area. Travel back in time using artifacts and photographs to find out more about what shaped this part of Oklahoma. While in the town, make sure to keep an eye out for the colorful Buffalo located around the streets! All have been beautifully designed and painted as unique street art and create some great photo opportunities!
The town of Pawhuska also has some attractions that shouldn’t be missed when in the area. For a start, Downtown Pawhuska the place to head if you are interested in the rich history of the area. No less than 86 buildings in this area alone are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Plus, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and drink or go shopping.