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Hallmarks of a winter trip to a state park include expansive skies, bird-watching and peacefulness

Winter offers a good opportunity to enjoy a state park retreat.
BY DINO LALLI Published: December 9, 2012

After watching the stars on a chilly evening, the next day you can turn your eyes to the skies again to search for a majestic bald eagle or winter waterfowl. Lake Tenkiller and the nearby Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge are great locations for bird watching.

Don't forget that during the fall and winter season, Lake Tenkiller has areas for tent camping as well. The Bluff View area is quite beautiful. You can see the lake, and you are surrounded by large boulders.

Keystone State Park

Keystone State Park near Mannford can also provide you with a fun winter escape. Whether it's fishing, hiking, mountain biking or you want to commune with nature during a simple relaxing walk, there are 22 cabins to choose from. When the campfire dies out, and your dinner is only a memory, you can cozy up to a warm fire and take in the expansive views because some of the cabins at Keystone sit high aboveground.

Can you imagine how comfortable it would be to be snuggled in one of those cabins next to a fire while it's snowing? Now if only Mother Nature would cooperate and actually send us some snow.

Go to for more information about all the wonderful state parks, lodges and cabins in the Sooner state.

Dino Lalli is the producer, a reporter and co-host of the weekly TV travel show AAA's Discover Oklahoma.