Alabaster Caverns State Park, Freedom
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Alabaster Caverns State Park is located in Freedom. A visit to Alabaster Caverns State Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Freedom trip generator to plot your vacation.
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The state park offers a lot of opportunities for hiking and sightseeing the unique terrain for this area. The main attraction, the alabaster caverns, won't disappoint either. These caverns are nothing... read more »
Some of the trails for hiking are not clearly marked but certainly are fun. If you walk down the road to the trail with "owl cave" marked by one waist high pole - it's fun and can lead back to the par... read more »
They give guided tours of the cave every hour, lasting about 45 minutes. There were 8 people on our tour. The tour guide has obviously worked there for awhile because her speech was canned, but knowle... read more »
We are trying to visit most State Parks in Oklahoma and Alabaster Caverns was high on my list. After reading reviews on Google and on Facebook that mentioned tours being sold out, we decided as it was a Saturday, we should call ahead for a reservation. We called at 9am on our way up from Norman and reserved two spots. We arrived 10 minutes prior to the tour at 11am, and much to our surprise, we were 2 of 7 people total on the tour! Kinda surprising it was so empty for a Saturday afternoon. If you call ahead be prepared to give them a Credit Card over the phone. Not a big deal, but we called while driving so it was a bit of a pain. The tour was really informative, however there had been a decent amount of rain so it was very moist. Half the trail was muddy so wear decent shoes. In hindsight I would have worn my hiking boots instead of tennis shoes. The tour guide was very informative and answered all our questions. The path is very well lit and not too strenuous. There is even a cave cat that greets you near the entrance! He's an adorable floofy little thing that loves people. Although the max is 40 people per tour, I can't imagine actually having 40 people navigating through. I imagine the people at the back wouldn't be able to hear anything. We didn't camp or hike, but the campground looked small but lovely. Definitely plan on coming back with friends to go camping. We were very happy with our trip up there.
Alabaster caverns are an impressive geological feature and the tour guide did an excellent job of explaining how the caverns were formed. On the other hand, I guess I expected a little more flash and glamor. Alabaster is not a flashy mineral. Some of the Selenite was highlighted with spotlights which was interesting. The terrain by the cavern was also impressive.
Stopped by on Spring Break. First time ever visiting there. The book put out by the OK tourism stated there are 62 tent camping sites. We found only 4 total. And you had to park and carry your supplies in to these sites! As usual, the RV sites were nice if you had an RV. We also arrived a few minutes after 5 p.m. and noticed the office people leaving. We checked in all the slots on all the info boards but there were no maps of any kind in them. The only map was inside the bulletin board outside the front door of the office. (Like, couldn't someone make sure these are stocked around the park daily?) We tried to go to the far camping area noted on the map, but the gate was closed and locked. So we were back to the 4 tent spots and one of those were taken. Also, don't expect to find a level spot to pitch a tent unless you have a small tent! Another thing was that there were water spigots at two locations where the tent camping was, but none had water on. The RV sites had water, but none at the tent camping area. Geez...feeling real welcomed here! We went on the 9 a.m. tour and noticed a note on the counter saying that all tours for the day were already sold out. Wow! I sure feel sorry for anyone showing up after us wanting a tour, because there was nothing anywhere else saying they were sold out! And don't think you can go freestyling. Cause you'll need a permit for that! Overall, not impressed. This place has so much potential, it just needs someone who knows what they're doing to manage it properly. If it wasn't for the scenery, I would never go back. And if I do, it will only be for the cavern tour. I'll camp elsewhere!
Terrible. The tour was too big so part of the group kept getting left behind. The lights are on timers so we kept getting left in the dark. There wasn't enough room on the tra m so we had to walk back after the tour was over.
Super fun...Would go again soon. Great your guy. Very funny and informative.
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