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All Oklahoma state parks with campsites are open for RV and tent camping and outdoor activities. Several parks with nature centers have special events planned for the Memorial weekend including Greenleaf State Park, near Gore. Guests can kick off the summer season with a weekend-long event featuring canoe races, boat and wagon rides, a campfire program and more. In addition, the miniature golf course and park swimming pool will be available.
The Driftwood Nature Center at Tenkiller State Park will be the place to hang out for fun family activities including arts and crafts, nature hikes and campfire programs. Afterward, cool down with a dip in the park swimming pool.
Memorial Day Weekend family activities, including hikes along the paved nature trail, special holiday arts and crafts, a junior naturalist program and other fun outdoor adventures are scheduled at the Bernice Nature Center at Grand Lake State Park in northeastern Oklahoma.
Don't worry about leaving your four-legged friends behind during the holiday. Saddle up your trusty steed and enjoy the freedom of the trails at a state park with equestrian riding areas. The parks include Arrowhead, Foss, Great Salt Plains, Lake Murray, McGee Creek, Osage Hills, Robbers Cave, Roman Nose and Walnut Creek. Equestrian campgrounds at the parks include hitching posts, some campgrounds with RV sites that include water and electrical hookups, tent sites and comfort stations.
The holiday weekend is a perfect time to work on your golf game at any of the seven state park golf courses located throughout the state. Courses are located at Arrowhead, Beavers Bend, Grand Cherokee, Fort Cobb, Lake Murray, Sequoyah and Roman Nose state parks.
Memorial Day Weekend is the first of the major holidays for guests to enjoy the recreational opportunities offered at the state parks. Safety in the outdoors should always be at the top of the list when preparing for your visit. Since campfires and outdoor grilling are part of the adventure, visitors should use caution and be aware of the surrounding grassy and wooded areas when starting fires in an open grill or fire ring. Safety on the water is also important whether in a boat or on a beach. Life jackets should always be worn at all times, and all water safety rules should be observed.
For more information on Memorial Day events at Oklahoma State Parks, visit TravelOK.com.
Keli Clark is marketing coordinator for Oklahoma State Parks.