Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a south-central Oklahoma public park that includes both Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area. It was first established when the Chickasaw Indian Nation sold 640 acres of land to the U.S. government in 1902. The area was designated as Sulphur Springs Reservation the same year and eventually redesignated as Platt National Park. In 1976, Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area were combined, giving Chickasaw National Recreation Area the 9,888.8 acres of beauty it now contains. The grounds of the park offer forested hills, flowing streams, natural springs, and scenic lakes. Some of the most popular activities to enjoy include fishing, swimming, biking, picnicking, hiking, and sightseeing.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Hiking at Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a popular endeavor, and it is available to guests year-round at several different trails. Visitors also tend to enjoy wildflower viewing, which is most effective between the months of March and October. Specified areas near the Lake of the Arbuckles are open for hunting during seasons regulated by the state. Summer is a perfect time for water-based pursuits such as swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing. Toward the end of Travertine Creek are the freshwater Buffalo Springs and Antelope Springs, which can be accessed from a brief hike.

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How To Get To Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Oklahoma City is a common point from which visitors commute to Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Begin the route by getting onto I-40 E from Oklahoma City Blvd. Follow I-35 S to State Hwy 7 E in Davis, then take exit 55 from I-35 S. Continue on State Hwy 7 E to your destination in Murray County to arrive at the national recreation area.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area stays open throughout the year with the exception of New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


901 W 1st St, Sulphur, OK 73086

Fee: Entry fee $0

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a wonderful place you can visit to experience nature in its purest form. The springs, lakes, and rolling hills combine to give the park a beautiful and compelling atmosphere. Whether you are looking to enjoy a day on the water or challenge yourself with a lengthy hike, the national recreation area has an attraction for you. Remember to look into renting an RV so you can get the most out of your journey.