Begin your Memorial weekend adventure at an Oklahoma state park

Throughout the state, Oklahoma state parks, lodges and golf courses are ready to accommodate the masses who converge on the parks during the Memorial weekend.
BY KELI CLARK Published: May 13, 2012
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The annual rite of spring has begun. Cobweb-covered fishing poles are being removed from storage, proud owners are cleaning and polishing their watercraft for the inaugural trip to the lake and golfers are practicing their rusty swings in preparation for a day at the links. Throughout the state, Oklahoma state parks, lodges and golf courses are ready to accommodate the masses who converge on the parks during the Memorial Day weekend.

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.

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