Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Today was a time to leisurely explore the Chicksaw National Recreation Area, near Sulphur, Oklahoma.
The park had its beginnings in 1902 when the United States government purchased 640 acres from the Chickasaw Nation to protect the mineral and freshwater springs. Additional acreage was added until today the Chickasaw National Recreation Area has nearly 10,000 acres where visitors enjoy swimming, boating, hiking and cycling. As part of the Chickasaw tribe's arrangement with the U.S. government, the National Park Service does not charge an admission fee.
The "Little Niagara" falls is one of several waterfalls on the Travertine Creek
in the Platt District of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
The 2,300 acre Lake of the Arbuckles is a major attraction
in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
During one of our hikes we were amazed at the brillance
of the bloom of this Engelmann's Prickley Pear Cactus.
Can you find the butterfly on the Indian Blanket
flowers in the photo below?
This was the first time we had ever registered and paid
for a campsite using a totally automated kiosk.
Our campsite on the shore of the Lake of the Arbuckles
is a peaceful, beautiful, and restful location.
We recommend the Chickasaw National Recreation
area as a fascinating place for a visit.

We also recommend camping here as the campsites are well-maintained
and the shower houses are sturdy and clean.