Each year for Thanksgiving we take a road trip northeast to beautiful Vian, Oklahoma to spend the holidays with my in-laws. Their home sits on one of the prettiest lots I’ve ever seen in Oklahoma. We, however, do the fall camping at Lake Tenkiller State Park, Oklahoma when we visit during the holidays.
So lucky for my in-laws, they live in an area that’s not only gorgeous, but that offers homeowners a place to enjoy the outdoors, fish, boating and just to enjoy nature. That my friends is beautiful Lake Tenkiller State Park. Though when Thanksgiving rolls around, they usually have the whole family at their place for the holiday, and that prevents a problem trying to get us all comfy in their home. So, it’s my family (my mom, husband, son and myself) who get to stay at the Tenkiller lake cabins. We don’t mind one bit.
Fall Camping at Lake Tenkiller State Park, Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s Tenkiller State Park, located near the dam of Lake Tenkiller, offers a wonderful vacation area for people who love nature and natural beauty. The scenery is breathtaking, and the limestone cliffs are a sight to be seen. With over 1,190 acres in Green Country, you’re sure to find plenty to do. My son has a huge backyard to play in, and we get to hike around the cabin and let our dogs have fun too. That’s why I don’t mind a bit if we have to pay to stay there.
Did you know
Lake Tenkiller State Park is located on the Illinois River a few miles south of Tahlequah, Tenkiller Ferry Lake lies in the heart of the Cookson Hills and reaches more than 25 miles up the river into Sequoyah and Cherokee Counties.
Lake Tenkiller State Park is about a 5-hour drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At this time of year, you have to make reservations ahead of time because it’s the perfect destination for hunters as well as family gatherings for Thanksgiving. My in-laws always make our reservation because they get a senior discount – every bit helps, right?
Things to do at Lake Tenkiller
- Nature Center
- Outdoor fire pit
- Beautiful surroundings
- Gorgeous Fall leaves
- Walking/hiking trails
- Gift shop
- Cabins of all sizes
- Stocked kitchen plus bedding, and bath accessories
- Areas for boating and fishing
- and much more!
Tenkiller State Park Camping
As many times as we’ve been to Lake Tenkiller State Park, we’ve never visited the Nature Center, but I can attest to the beautiful surroundings of nature that surrounds the campgrounds. The nature center building is closed that time of year, or we would have gone inside. We mostly hang out outside near to our cabin. It’s nice, especially this time of year when the leaves have fallen. This area is one place my son doesn’t mind playing outdoors by himself.
Mom, Judie (Mother-in-law) and I always find time to shop in Gore and Vian, and we always find something extraordinary at Anne-Paige.
Check out Fall Camping at Lake Tenkiller State Park, Oklahoma and be sure to book your cabin early.
This post was from lasts year’s visit, and we are planning another trip there again for this year.
Tenkiller State Park – Sequoyah Country
HCR 68, Box 1095
physical address 448159 E. 979 Rd.
Vian, OK 74962
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