Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.A visit to Robbers Cave State Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Wilburton itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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We were having a family reunion in the area, but, had never been there & found it hard to figure out where to go!! So disappointing!! I like to have a good understanding of where we are so we can make... read more »
We went to Robbers Cave last week, stayed in our travel trailer. The sites are nice and well maintained. The park store was well stocked and prices were reasonable The ladies that work there were very... read more »
Robbers Cave is a great place to take the family for the weekend or to escape into a few days of solitude. August isn't typically a great time for camping in Oklahoma, but some unseasonably cool days ... read more »
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
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.
I love the cabins! They are so cute. I've come here my entire life, though, and have stayed everywhere they've let you set up a tent or unpack a bag. I love the mini golf, too, but it makes me sad that the snow cone shack is no more.
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.
It was my second time of being here. Amazing and quiet. Life without running and working. Cabin had everything we need. My dogs were fine. Just note - there is only one grocery store in Wilburton, extremely busy McDonalds (waited for 40 minutes to served), Sonic and Pizza Hut. Here there is only Nature, You and Heat! So plan simple lazy life. I love this place. Thank you!
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