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  • Published on Oct 02, 2015
    Camping at Osage Hills State Park

    Just over an hour north and east of Tulsa is Osage Hills State Park. Located in the rolling hills of Osage County, the park is a beautiful retreat from the humdrum of everyday life. There are trails to follow, wooded campgrounds, and a creek and small lakes that are stocked with bass, crappie, catfish, perch, and more. The creek is a beautiful area for wading and swimming and Osage Hills is a wonderful place to camp in Northeast Oklahoma.

    The park began as a Civilian Conservation Corps project after the communities of Bartlesville and Pawhuska raised the funds to purchase the land. The CCC made camp at Osage Hills for over five years while they built roads, bridges, power and water lines, and structures for the park. They also fought wildfires and planted trees.

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    What We Loved:

    There were two things that stood out about Osage Hills: scenic Sand Creek and the original sandstone CCC buildings. Just a short hike down "Falls Trail" is a very scenic spot on Sand Creek. The natural rocks create a small waterfall and the clear water is fun to wade in. It is a beautiful area any time of year but during the warmer months it is a popular place to play in the water. The CCC buildings are made from native sandstone. They are beautiful to look at and give a silent history lesson at the same time.

    We also loved the wooded campground and nearby attractions. Not too far away is Woolaroc, a popular place for families to visit. Nearby Pawhuska is full of historical buildings (almost 90% of the downtown buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places!), an old swinging footbridge, and just north of Pawhuska is the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve acts as a window to the past, letting you see Oklahoma's Osage Hills as they were when the buffalo roamed freely. The largest tallgrass preserve in North America, in addition to over 2,000 buffalo, it boasts deer, coyotes, bobcats, and more than 300 species of birds. Take a drive through, it is beautiful!

    The wildlife in the Osage Hill State Park is abundant, and we loved seeing the deer and turkey. Bald eagles have been spotted nearby, especially in late winter and early spring.

    What We Didn't Love:

    The park is fairly small so it doesn't take a lot of time to explore it, but it is truly beautiful and, if you are looking for a place to relax, it is ideal. Camping reservations are not allowed for the park so it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Rates:

    • Tent sites: $12
    • RV sites with electric & water hookups: $20
    • There is an entry fee for the swimming pool, $4 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

    (These are the most recent rates we could find as of 10/1/2015 and are subject to change.)

    Amenities and Activities:

    • Campsites - Tent and RV with 30-50 Amp Electric
    • Water Hookup
    • Dump Station
    • Restrooms with Showers
    • Outdoor Grills
    • Pets Allowed Cabins and Park
    • Picnic Area
    • Playground
    • Pool
    • Tennis Courts
    • Ball Field
    • Park Ranger on Duty
    • Row Boat and Paddle Boat Rentals
    • Group Camp
    • Biking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Swimming

    360 View of Falls

    It may take a moment to load, but this link offers great views of the falls and other parts of the park, plus views of other Oklahoma state parks.

    Photos:

    Campground and CCC-built front gates:

    Osage Hills camping in northeast Oklahoma.

    Wildlife and scenery:

    Camping in Oklahoma at Osage Hills, view of wildlife.

    Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) photos, including the camps that was in existence for five years while the park was being built:

    Historical photo of Osage Hills state park being built by the CCC.

    Historical photo of Osage Hills state park being built by the CCC.

    Historical photo of Osage Hills state park being built by the CCC.

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