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Robbers Cave State Park is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. This park is a favorite of rappellers, equestrians, hikers and outdoor lovers. The park and adjoining wildlife management area, offers acres of discovery and enjoyment including trout fishing in season, boating, hunting, mountain biking, over 25 miles of trails for hikers and horses, sandstone cliffs for climbing and rappelling and fall foliage viewing. In addition, Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr. Robbers Cave State Park is a 8,246-acre park with 189 combined lake acres with Lake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace and Coon Creek. Take a horseback ride along scenic bluffs, enjoy excellent fishing opportunities for trout, perch, bass and catfish, or hike to the famous outlaw cave hidden in the formation of sandstone hills and cliffs that range from 300- to 1,500-ft in height. Robbers Cave State Park offers camping ranging from modern RV sites with hookups to primitive camping along secluded trails. Equestrian campsites are available, as well as lodging at the 20-room Belle Starr View Lodge. Every room of this lodge commands an impressive view of Coon Creek Lake and the forested valley below. This state park also offers single cabins, duplex cabins and two group camp facilities. An amphitheater is available, as well as five group picnic shelters. Leashed pets are allowed in the park and in some cabins. Picnic tables, comfort stations with showers, boat ramps, a swimming beach, swimming pool with bathhouse, playgrounds, miniature golf, horseback riding stables, paddle boat rentals, a small grocery store, on-site restaurant, and a nature center with naturalist programs and exhibits round out the park's facilities. Two tennis courts, a basketball court and a walking track are also available a few miles from the park. Discounts are available for senior citizens and disability. Robbers Cave State Park is a perfect family getaway with an abundance of outdoor fun to keep the kids entertained. Take advantage of the park's steep cliffs while learning the art of rappelling, or venture off into the adjacent wildlife management area, featuring 3,800 acres of forested hunting ground. Hike the hilly terrain up to Robbers Cave, go for a swim or a canoe ride at the park's Lake Carlton, visit the stables for a horseback adventure and end the day with a campfire dinner and s'mores.
Good hike. Very well marked and maintained trail. The hike is longer than what shows on this site. The trailhead at deep ford campsite shows 4.8 miles one way. My gps showed 9.9 miles round trip. The end of the trail was anticlimactic. It ends at a T with a sign for new trail. There is a very nice spot overlooking creek just before reaching end.. great resting place before the return.
Great hike with some excellent overlooks! We hiked from the south end to the Lake Carlton overlook about 3+ miles roundtrip. Next time, we want to hike from the north end where the trail crosses Ash Creek Road...heard there are some nice Lake Wayne Wallace overlooks too!