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Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton

(4.7/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Not to be confused with Robber's Cave, a river cave in Uttarakhand state in India.Robbers Cave State Park is a state park in Latimer County, Oklahoma. It is located 5 mi north of Wilburton, Oklahoma, on State Highway 2. Originally named Latimer State Park, it received its current name in 1936. It is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. This park is a favorite of rappellers, equestrians, hikers and outdoor lovers. The park and adjoining wildlife management area covers more than 8,000acre and includes three lakes. It offers visitors acres of discovery and enjoyment including trout fishing in season, boating, hunting, mountain biking, trails for hikers and horses, sandstone cliffs for climbing and rappelling, and fall foliage viewing. In addition, Robbers Cave is historically notable as a former hideout for infamous outlaws Belle Starr and Jesse James.HistoryThe area surrounding the present-day park has been a hunting ground for hundreds of years. Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest people were related to the builders of the Spiro Mounds. By the 1600s, the Osage and Caddo tribes dominated the area. French hunters and explorers also visited, leaving their mark by naming some of the prominent geographic features, which are still used.After the Civil War, this area became legendary for sheltering fugitives from the law. Some of these included Jesse James and Belle Starr. Other fugitives included the Dalton Gang, the Youngers and the Rufus Buck Gang.
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  • Hiked several of the trails - quiet, wooded, and the rim trail up by the lodge offers a great view of the ravine area. Campground was clean, and sites were very private. Our children were thrilled to ...  more »
  • We had a great time hiking robbers cave. We did the Rough Canyon Trail - marked by Blue dots. We encountered quite a few lost hikers. The orange markings are a smaller route around the actual cave are...  more »
  • We stayed in cabin 103 this weekend and had a great trip. The staff at the general store/office were so pleasant and helpful. We rented a golf cart for the day and rode all over the park. We also went...  more »
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  • Really nice park. I camped in an RV site. It is scenic with great hiking/biking trails and rock climbing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. With that said, I apparently got a campsite that had just been vacated by drunken hooligans because the water spigot was broken and there was trash, wads of toilet paper and maxi pads laying everywhere around my site. The staff was very nice and fixed the spigot in a timely manner and I picked up the beer cans and food wrappers from my site. However, no one bothered to do anything about the toilet paper and general ickiness. I ended up moving to another site, but walking past a TP-covered hill every day kinda made me throw up in my mouth a little. That's why only 4 stars this time. I plan to return, but hopefully I can avoid Latrine Hill next time.
  • This place is really neat and the mountain hiking is superb. As usual we will have to come back and spend more time checking it all out. We only hiked the Rough Canyon trail which was a little over 4 miles total. Such an absolutely beautifully serene get away
  • Personally, this is my favorite state park in Oklahoma. There is plenty of things to do. The park is best known for the hiking around cave. The camping is pleasant.too. I prefer the old circle loop for my campsite. It is a little more secluded. The swimming pool is nice, and has a small splash pad . There is also plenty of other activities like renting a canoe on the lake or miniature golf. There are other amenities found in the park like cabins and the lodge, but I have not personally used them. I am sure they are good, but I can't really comment on it too much. Overall, there will be something fun to do, and is worth the trip.
  • Excellent had a great time and the horse back riding was wonderful. The park is wonderful to and the cabin's are great will be going back with grandchildren.
  • So much to do. Great trails for beginners and advanced. Museum is very good with a great gift shop. Loved the fire place in the cabin. Clean cabin and had all we need for cooking and clean up. Nice showers too. Very romantic get away.