Roman Nose State Park is named after a Cheyenne chief, Henry Roman Nose. It is one of the original seven Oklahoma state parks. The park is set amidst a beautiful canyon, gypsum rock cliffs, and three natural springs. There are many recreational activities including an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing in season, canoeing, paddle boats, mountain biking, and horse stables. Rentals include canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and mountain bikes. Swimming in the lakes is not allowed, but fishing and no-wake boating are welcome. This area was once a winter campground of the Cheyenne tribe. It is a scenic retreat set on a canyon bluff that over-looks ancient mesas. Towering cedar, buffalo grass, and wild blue sage add to the beauty of this legendary setting.
Roman Nose State Park is off of I-40 west of Oklahoma City, then north on highway 8A. The town of Watonga is just south of the park. For RVers and Campers, there are many beautiful areas for camping. No camper? No problem! The park has cabins, teepees and a beautiful lodge available. The park is also open year round.
There are actually fish in the lake as we saw many people fishing from the bank and catching several. We did not horseback ride but visited with kids that had a blast riding the trail.
This spring fed creek is the place to go on a hot Oklahoma day. The water is not cool, it is cold! You can walk down the creek into a cave that has a waterfall flowing into the creek. It really is refreshing and an amazingly beautiful place. There are hiking trails with lush foliage and interesting turns and twists. We spent hours there just exploring the area and taking in the interesting beauty of this area tucked away in Roman Nose State Park.
After dinner, we always took a walk. Cookie was usually up for exploring the lake area and the trails. There is such a rustic beauty in the scenery surrounding the park. We would sometimes walk down the road to the other campgrounds and explore them. One of them has teepees for rent and paddleboats available for rent. There is a little store with some food items and of course ice.
If you are looking for a relaxing and quiet place to enjoy rustic scenery, I would definitely recommend camping at Roman Nose State Park and a round of golf at the challenging golf course. Don’t forget your fishing poles and hiking shoes.
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