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Gloss Mountain State Park, Fairview

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State Park
Glass Mountains State Park is an Oklahoma state park located in Major County, Oklahoma. It is located near the city of Fairview, Oklahoma. A recreational-educational park that is accessible for hiking and picnicking from sunrise to sunset. There are no campsites or other overnight accommodations in the park. Facilities include a restroom, pavilions, picnic areas, grills, public water supply, handicap trail to historical marker, and a hiking trail from base parking lot to the top of Cathedral Mountain and across the mesa to view the valley floor and Lone Peak Mountain. Points of interest include land geography, geological formations, Selenite gypsum, scenery and wildlife. This range is also known as the Glass Mountains.HistoryThe park operates under a partnership between the state of Oklahoma's Department of Tourism and Recreation and the citizens of Fairview, Oklahoma. In 1977, the state appropriated $125,000 to match $125,000 from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to buy 640 acres along U.S. Highway 412 for a public park. However, the state could not fund the completion of the proposed park, so it leased out the land for grazing until 1997. In that year, representatives from the Tourism and Recreation Department met with local residents, who formed a Conservancy to manage the park. The local residents maintain the facilities, The state provided the land. The Conservancy also pays for a gatekeeper who opens and locks the park at night. There are no fees for using the park.
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  • My husband and I decided to stop and see this area on our way back from Western Oklahoma recently. The view from the top is really nice. Glad we stopped. Doesn't take much time to scale the steps and ...  more »
  • Driven by Gloss Mountains for years and never stopped. So very glad we finally took the time. Was surprised to find metal steps and hand rails up the side of the Mountain. We are accustomed to hiking ...  more »
  • The most common response I've gotten when telling people that we hiked at Gloss Mountain State Park has been "that's in Oklahoma?" I hope that more people discover this great little state park. There ...  more »
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  • Very pretty view. Nice place to rest, we stopped here for lunch. It was kinda hot but there's shade over the tables. I didn't walk to the top but my husband and son did, they said the view was nice.
  • Beautiful state park in northwestern Oklahoma. The hike to the top is not strenuous, but it is well worth it. The views of the surrounding countryside are great. There are a couple of picnic tables and a restroom at the bottom for your convenience. There are smaller rock formations near the parking lot that are fun to climb around on as well. Exploring the park won't take long so be sure to plan to visit some other attractions in the area.
  • Beautiful views! This was quite an adventure! The climb can be tricky especially near the top. I was a little scared when I got all the way up there and the stairs stopped. The last section you have to actually climb on the rocks. It was more mentally challenging for me than physically, but I did have to stop and catch my breath a few times. Once on top, everything is flat. There are no railings to keep you from falling off though so be extra careful around the edge. I wouldn't recommend bringing small children here.
  • Beautiful view. Be ready for one heck of a hike to the top.
  • Great quick stop for quick hiking/trekking. Kids enjoy quite a lot. Nice pictures can be taken from red high rises.