Robbers Cave State Park
Robbers Cave State Park 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 offers acres of discovery and enjoyment including trout fishing in season, hunting, miles of hiking and equestrian trails, rugged cliffs for climbing and fall foliage viewing. Robbers Cave also enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr.
Robbers Cave State Park is a 8,246-acre park with 189 combined lake acres with Lake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace and Coon Creek. Take a horseback ride along scenic bluffs, enjoy excellent fishing opportunities for trout, perch, bass and catfish, or hike to the famous outlaw cave hidden in the formation of sandstone hills and cliffs that range from 300 to 1,500-ft in height.
Robbers Cave State Park offers camping ranging from 22 modern RV sites with full hookups and 67 sites with water and electric hookups to 86 primitive camping along secluded trails. Equestrian campsites are available, as well as lodging at the 20-room Belle Starr View Lodge. Every room of this lodge commands an impressive view of Coon Creek Lake and the forested valley below. All 20 rooms are non-smoking and feature two double beds, a coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator and satellite television. Rooms at the lodge can accommodate up to four guests. Pets are not permitted in lodge rooms.
This state park also offers single cabins, duplex cabins and two group camp facilities. All 26 cabins at Robbers Cave State Park feature a park view and come complete with fireplaces. Cabins are non-smoking and fully equipped with refrigerators, cooking ranges, microwaves, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, cooking utensils, coffeepots, linens, central heat and air, showers and satellite television. Cabins are not equipped with telephones; however, there is limited cell phone service atop the mountain where the cabins are located. Pet friendly cabins are available upon request for a daily pet fee. Requests for pet-friendly cabins must be specified at the time the reservations are made.
Cabin options include one-bedroom duplex cabins that sleep four guests, one-bedroom cabins that also sleep four guests, two-bedroom cabins that sleep six guests and two-bedroom cabins with decks that also sleep six guests. Specialty, or “honeymoon” cabins, are also available. Summer and winter rates apply.
Group Camp 1 features 12 cabins that can accommodate 250 people, and Group Camp 2 features seven bunkhouses that can accommodate 160 people. Both group camps are open seasonally from March through November.
Robbers Cave State Park also features an amphitheater, as well as five group picnic shelters. Also available are two indoor community rooms, each with a view of Lake Carlton. Both community rooms are within close proximity to a swimming area, playground and some of the park’s recreational activities.
Leashed pets are allowed in the park and in some cabins. Picnic tables, comfort stations with showers, boat ramps, a swimming beach, swimming pool with bathhouse, miniature train, playgrounds, miniature golf, paddleboat rentals, surrey bike rentals, a small grocery store, and a nature center with naturalist programs and exhibits round out the park’s facilities. Please note that the swimming pool is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, paddleboat/canoe rentals and miniature golf are lease concessions that are open seasonally. Hours of operation for the pool and the lease concessions will vary starting in August, due to the start of the school season.
Robbers Cave State Park is a perfect family getaway with an abundance of outdoor fun to keep the kids entertained. Climb aboard the Belle Starr Express, a miniature train that will take visitors on a scenic 30 minute trip around the park. Take advantage of the park’s steep cliffs while learning the art of rappelling, or venture off into the adjacent wildlife management area, featuring 3,800 acres of forested hunting ground. Hike the hilly terrain up to Robbers Cave, go for a swim or a canoe ride at the park’s Lake Carlton and end the day with a campfire dinner and s’mores.