Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Overview

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is an ecotone, or meeting place, where two different ecosystems overlap - the eastern deciduous forest and the mixed-grass prairie. Hikers, birdwatchers, and wildflower enthusiasts enjoy the variety this diverse ecosystem has to offer. The springs and streams in Chickasaw National Recreation Area originate within a region of Oklahoma characterized by complex geology, beautiful springs and pools, as well as unique flora and fauna.

Recreational opportunities in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area include canoeing, kayaking, motor boating, fishing, and bird watching. Chickasaw National Recreation Area also has a trail system that was designed and constructed during the 1930s as a CCC project, but fortuitously still meets the needs of both casual walkers and avid runners. Over 20 miles of trails lead visitors to the area through a variety of wooded areas and along the scenic shores of several bodies of water in the park. In addition, hunting is seasonally available in the recreation area; check with the park office for more information.

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Seasonality / Weather

Summers are hot and humid. Temperatures above 100 F occur, and humidity often exceeds 50%. Winters are mild and prolonged freezes are rare. Thunderstorms are common April through July. Water-based activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing can be enjoyed from year-round, but are most common in the summer months.

Directions

Driving: 

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is located on State Highway 177, just south of the town of Sulphur, Oklahoma. The park is approximately 90 miles south of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and 120 miles north of Dallas, Texas. Driving south on US I-35 take exit 55 to State Highway 7. Driving north on US I-35 take exit 51 to State Highway 7. Drive through the towns of Davis (3 miles) and Sulphur (10 miles) to the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 177. Drive south on Highway 177. The Park Headquarters is located at 1008 West Second Street in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Flying: 

Both Dallas and Oklahoma City have international airports that are served by most major airlines.