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Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton

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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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  • This state park had great campsites and was well cared for. The sites were clean and the people friendly. The lakes are beautiful and plenty to do. The trails are well marked and great for those with ...  more »
  • A beautiful and fun spot for the whole family. My 8 year-old nephew and I spent one afternoon there hiking around the park. He especially enjoyed the cave itself and sliding down the huge rocks near t...  more »
  • There is a lot to do at Robber's Cave. Camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, or just siting and relaxing. (my favorite sport.) It really is a great place. One of the "original 7" Oklah...  more »
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  • Recently bought a chunk of land outside Wilburton. Came to Robbers Cave State Park to do the tourist thing while checking out the land we bought. Stayed at the Lodge on the first night...loved it. So scenic and beautiful. Since we had our camping supplies, we decided to camp here. Got a nice site, the staff treated us great, and even enjoyed the campers that were around us. I will return again very soon, and despite having some beautiful scenic mountain property of my own, I will camp here again. Loved it!!!!!!
  • We go here every year for a family reunion. We stay at group camp #2 which sleeps a few hundred people and has a fully stocked kitchen. There are multiple cabins and showers, and the camp is a two minute walk to Robbers Cave. The caves are a blast to climb. There is also a swimming hole and pool approximately five minutes down the road. We always love our weekend here.
  • Great place to camp but needs a bigger body of water. The Fall Festival in October is great. The car show has to be the biggest in Oklahoma with over 300 cars.
  • 18yrs old can run a McDonald's better than 50 yrs old can run a state park. We live 3 hours away and could have went anywhere but we choose Robber's Cave. It looked amazing and beautiful on the website. We called to make reservations and the lady told us, "You don't need to make a reservation because you have 150 tent sites to choose from." So we jumped on the Interstate and happily headed that way. When we arrived the office was closed. So we asked a guy cleaning the area, "Where can we pop up a tent?" He brought us a map and showed us all the areas we were allowed to camp. We drove around looking at all of the spots and picked an area that no one was at by 7pm that night. We had to drive an hour to the nearest Walmart to pickup more supplies. When we got back around 10ish pm the place was packed and everyone was in their tent and asleep. We were confused. We just made some dinner, saw the Park Ranger drive by 4 or 5 times, them we went to bed. The next morning we got up made breakfast, realized the group of tents were Camp Ten Counsel from Texas. We ALL headed out for the day to hike and canoe. We got back about 3pm made lunch and was ready to rest. The Troop leader said something nasty under her breath while passing my husband. She went to complain about our tent being there. We explained that we didn't know it was reserved and nothing had been marked showing reserved. She had the ranger make us break the tent down and leave. It took 2 hours to set up and 2 hours to break down and a three hour drive back home. Really? We are the bad guys because the State Park screwed up and has a flaw in the system. The Ranger said he even saw us at 11:00pm, I said , "yes we saw you too why didn't you stop?" he said, "I had something more important." Really? Rude people. The counsel obviously doesn't understand the ethics of the boy-scout and she isn't a good role model. The park ranger could have cared less and was very rude. People need to learn to co- exist with each other. There was more than enough space for our 1 tent. She was just a bitter angry woman. My husband was in the scouts, an Eagle and a counselor and he said they use to invite other tents over to join his group, they were never rude like those women were. I think both the workers at the park and the counselors need some retraining. It is a sad situation and could have been handled in a much more mature way.
  • This is a great park! I have been going since I was little. They have great fishing spots, camp sights, and lots of family fun activities. The best part about it is there's no service so it's just you your family and nature.

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