Osage Hills State Park

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A Brief Tour

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Osage Hills State Park is located between Pawhuska and Bartlesville in Northeast Oklahoma.  From US Highway 60, take Highway 35 (Oklahoma’s shortest state highway at scarcely two miles long) from the rolling prairie down into the wooded Sand Creek valley.  The park offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, fishing, camping, bird watching, and photography.

Lookout Lake
You will pass Lookout Lake on your right shortly after entering the park.  This is an 18-acre fishing lake with a small boat ramp.  Gas motors are prohibited, but electric trolling motors are okay.  Row boats and paddle boats are available for rent during the spring and summer months (oars, cushions, and life jackets are included in the rental).  Bass and crappie are the primary sport fish. Here you will also find access to the park’s five-mile network of hiking trails.

Mountain Bike Trails
Next you will cross a CCC-built rock bridge with a spur road to the left.  This road leads to the old CCC Pump House and the mountain bike trails.  There are several loops of varying difficulty, but even the mildest is fairly rugged.  There are approximately seven miles of mountain bike trails.  These trails are open to hikers, as well.  A bike trail map is available at the office.

Office
The office is the next stop on the main road, and is on the left, with a flag pole.  It is open from 8am until 4:30pm every day.  This is the place to get information, pay for a campsite, or check into a cabin.

Camping
The camping loop is next, on the right.  There are 20 semi-modern RV sites (water and electric located at the site, with a dump station available in the campground) and 25 primitive (tent) sites with water and bathhouses nearby.  No reservations are accepted.  The water is turned off once freezing temperatures set in, but a potable water source and the central bathhouse remain open year-round.  Most of the tent camping sites are on top of what is called “Tent Hill.”  Tent Hill is where you will find the CCC-built rock Lookout Tower.  The Sand Creek Loop Trail and the Sand Creek Bluffs are most easily accessed from the campground area.

Picnic Area and Pool
Back to the main road.  You will now see a road off to the left.  This road leads to the CCC-built shelter, a large picnic area, and the head of the short but very popular Sand Creek Falls trail.  The road ends at the swimming pool, which generally operates from Memorial Day through mid-August.  The pool is open from noon until 8:00pm Tuesday through Sunday.  The pool is closed on Mondays and during inclement weather.

Cabins
The next turn off the main road, this time to the right, is the cabin area.  All eight cabins feature a fireplace, central heat and air conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchen (full-sized refrigerator, oven, stove, dishes, pots, pans, and utensils).  All linens are provided.  There is no phone or television.  There are seven one-bedroom cabins, built by the CCC.  They have a full-size bed in the bedroom and a full-size sleeper sofa in the living room.  The two-bedroom cabin has a queen-size bed in one bedroom, two twin beds in the other, and a full-sized sleeper sofa in the living room.  Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance, and a two-night stay is required on weekends.

Group Camp
The main road ends at the tennis court and the CCC-built group camp.  This building has a single large meeting space that will accommodate groups of up to 120 people, and a fully equipped commercial-style kitchen.  Ten bunkhouses sleep twelve people each.  Mattresses are provided, but guests must provide their own bed coverings.

For More Information:
Park Office:  1-918-336-4141
Official Website:  http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.5595