Talimena State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oklahoma

Talimena State Park

is a unique recreation area covering 8,246 acres of land in the Winding Stair Mountains, a part of the Ouachita Mountain range. Most who travel here from nearby Talihina, OK, or beyond do not realize they are within a state park's borders until they observe the signs alongside the road indicating a campground, a trailhead, or an ATV area. The park runs along both sides of United States Highway 271 (US-271) as it travels a twisting, winding route along the crest of the mountains. Spectacular foliage views occur during the spring and fall months, making the park one of the most desirable drives in Oklahoma. Many turnoffs at viewpoints fascinate visitors as they view the Ouachita Mountains—the only mountain range in the Western Hemisphere that runs east to west. Considered the gateway to the Ouachita Mountains, Talimena State Park is reachable from the west and McAlester, OK, through Talihina, and via Fort Smith, AR, from the east.

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Weather
Spring 41-80 F
Summer 66-92 F
Fall 40-85 F
Winter 29-55 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Talimena State Park

It makes sense to camp in an RV while visiting places like Talimena State Park. When you use an RV, you have a roof over your head to keep you dry during any inclement weather. RV technology advances, such as RV showers, satellite hookups, and waste tank improvements, can turn your RV into a traveling home. To find an RV rental near Talimena State Park, search options in Talihina on RVshare.

Talimena State Park Campground

Since there are only 10 RV campsites at Talimena State Park Campground, consider placing a reservation several weeks before beginning your trip. For your comfort, the campground provides restrooms with flush toilets and bathhouses with hot showers. Recreational trails for hiking and biking are the major draws of the park. The campground also supplies a dump station. Fire rings grace each campsite, and picnic tables are placed to take advantage of amazing views. A playground is available to entertain the kids.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $25 per night

Potato Hills Central

Only 32 miles southwest of Talimena State Park lies Potato Hills Central. It offers 82 RV campsites along the shores of Lake Sardis. Rigs up to 45 feet in length are acceptable at this campground, but the sites are all back-in. The park provides restrooms with flush toilets and warm showers. A dump station sits near the entrance to the campground. There is a central water spigot for fresh-water access. A boat ramp gives easy access to the lake for those who wish to fish in solitude. A beach area allows swimmers to enjoy the water, and recreational trails provide some great views as they wander amongst the oak and pine trees that provide a canopy over the area. A playground is maintained inside the campground.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $18 per night

Robbers Cave State Park

Robbers Cave State Park offers 112 RV campsites. Located only 31 miles northwest of Talimena State Park, it serves as a viable alternative if the Talimena site is full. Each campsite is graced with a fire ring and picnic table. A dump station, restrooms with flush toilets, and warm showers are provided by the park. Rigs up to 45 feet in length are accommodated in the spacious sites, some of which have pull-through capability and are 70 feet long. A camp store with a café and snack bar inside provides fresh produce and other perishable essentials for the park's guests. There is a swimming pool, playground, and a mini-golf course maintained by the park. Once nearly inaccessible, the 8,246-acre park served as the perfect hideout for outlaws like Jesse James and Belle Starr. Fourteen natural lakes are spaced throughout the park providing great opportunities for anglers to fish in a natural environment. Cliffs overhang much of the park providing excellent rock-climbing and rappelling sites. Hiking trails run between the lakes. A 250-acre area allows ATV and motorbike enthusiasts to have fun. You must have a reservation to camp at this park.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $30 to $40 per night

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Talimena State Park

Inside Talimena State Park

Talimena State Park is known for offering incredible views of incredible hillsides. Covered in evergreen pine and deciduous trees, these hills burgeon with life in the spring and with intense color in the fall. Sitting on the only east/west mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, this terrain is a geologist's dream. Hiking trails go on for miles, with access to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, which runs 223 miles from the western terminus in this park to the eastern terminus at Pinnacle Mountain State Park west of Little Rock, AR. Talimena State Park also serves as a starting place for dirt bikers and ATV enthusiasts looking to explore the Ouachita National Forest.

Outside Talimena State Park

When you take a vacation to Talimena State Park, you'll get to explore an area with a storied past and the modern amenities that complete a family experience. From barbecue to fine dining, restaurants of various types provide opportunities to please your palate, no matter your preferences. Though there are several small shops in the area, you must travel beyond the immediate area to places like Fort Smith, AR, or McAlester, OK, to find larger shopping malls.

Restaurants

Outlaw Bar-B-Que

For a different barbeque taste, drop by Outlaw Bar-B-Que. Try their renegade sirloin for an astounding palate pleaser.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 103 Veterans Avenue, Talihina, OK 74571

The Rock House

For a mix of international cuisines in a fine dining environment, visit The Rock House. Try their New Zealand lamb chops or Maryland crab cakes for a taste you will remember forever.

Type: Fine Dining

Location: 52060 Blackjack Ridge Drive, Talihina, OK 74571

Simple Simon Pizza

When you want a real pizza, visit Simple Simon Pizza. Along with an excellent pizza, they also make calzone, breadsticks, and keto bowls.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 812 Dallas Street, Talihina, OK 74571

Shopping

Harper and Grey House

Stop by the Harper and Grey House to pick up some gifts for family and friends. Here you find everything from coffee mugs to jigsaw puzzles to greeting cards.

Location: 110 East Choctaw Avenue, McAlester, OK 74501

The Shops at BrickCity

The nearest shopping mall to the park is in Fort Smith, AR. When you want to visit a variety of stores, take a 73-mile trip to The Shops at BrickCity. Here you find stores that cover every possible need, including some unknown names like Just Simply Vintage or Southern Drift.

Location: 3215 South 74th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Sightseeing

A to Z Guest Ranch

While you are taking a motorized trip in an RV, stop by the A to Z Guest Ranch to experience what transportation was like in the old west. The ranch offers trail rides and lessons on the care and management of horses.

Location: 64599 Ashby Drive, Smithville, OK 74957

Fort Smith National Historic Site

To learn about the life and times of those who protected the Arkansas/Oklahoma region in the early years, visit the Fort Smith National Historic Site. The site documents the life of hardship and duty that accompanied those who policed the area.

Location: 30 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901

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How to Get to
Talimena State Park

Talihina, OK, is the closest community to Talimena State Park. To reach the park from Talihina, get on United States Highway 271 North (US-271 N) and travel for 7 miles. The park entrance is on the left.

To approach the park from McAlester, OK, 77 miles to the west, get on United States Highway 270 (US-270) and drive eastward for 62 miles. Turn right onto US-271 S. Drive another 15 miles to find the park entrance on the right.

To reach the park from Fort Smith, AR, take Interstate 540 South (I-540 S) for 10 miles and then merge onto Oklahoma Highway 9 West (OK-9 W). Stay on OK-9 W for 2 miles, then turn left onto North Pocola Boulevard, which is also Oklahoma Highway 112 (OK-112). Continue driving on OK-112 for 20 miles. Turn right to get onto US 271 S. Go for 15 miles, then turn left to stay on US-271 S. Follow the final directions from McAlester, found above, to reach the Talimena State Park entrance.

Entering Talimena State Park

Talimena State Park is a day-use area that is open 24-hours per day.

Entry Fee : $0

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