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Robbers Cave State Park

Great for Families

Robbers Cave State Park
 P.O. Box 9
Wilburton, OK 74578
 
Phone:   918-465-2565
Toll Free:   800-654-8240

Fax:

  918-465-5763
E-mail:   robberscave@oklahomaparks.com


Park Manager BBorremans@otrd.state.ok.us

918-465-2900/Cafe
918-465-5770 /Stables

Robbers Cave Entrance ©shopoklahoma

For Reservations, brochures, call Toll Free 1-800-654-8240 in Oklahoma City 405-521-2464
 

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Visit D Bar T Stables

North up the river ©shopoklahoma

Location:

About 40 miles Southeast of Lake Eufaula. and northwest of the Ouachita National Forest.  Four miles north of Wilburton on State Highway 2 in southeastern Oklahoma. Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for Jesse James and Belle Starr, 

Features/Facilities:

Mapquest Link

8,246 Park Acres
189 Combined Lake Acres (Carlton, Wayne Wallace & Coon Creek)

Prices Subject to Change without Notice
20 room Belle Starr View Lodge - Prices $58 - $78. 
Meeting room for 75 to 100 people 1 meeting room (capacity 40)

26 Cabins (with fireplace)
5 Camping areas, 117 Campsites Assigned Campground
2 Group Camps (capacities of 250 & 160)
Wildlife Management Area (3,800-acre forested hunting ground adjacent to park)
Nature Center
Amphitheater
12-Mile Robbers Cave Hiking Trail
Horseback Riding Stables, Phone:
918-465-5770 

Ride to the Cave
25-Mile Equestrian Trail
Canoeing & Paddleboating
Swimming Pool & Beach
Rappelling
Miniature Golf
Grocery Store
Cafe, Phone: 918-465-2900

 Main Pavilion next to cabins. Plenty of room.  Picture by Marc Tabyanan taken 2/5/00 ©
 

Highlights:

Robbers Cave Fall Festival is always 3rd weekend in October

Fish Species:  Trout, perch, bass, catfish

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Nearby:

Wister State Park, Talimena Skyline Drive, Heavener Runestones, Spiro Mounds State Park

Robbers Cave State Park-(one of Oklahoma's original seven parks) is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. A favorite of rappellers, cave explorers, equestrians, hikers, and outdoor lovers, Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws.

Once the home of prehistoric tribal groups, the area later became the hunting ground for Caddo and Osage Indians who then traded with the French fur trappers that began making their way through the area. Outlaw legends began to grow around a robbers' cave during the Civil War when deserters from both Union and Confederate forces used it. After the war, guerilla bands and gangs of robbers made it a rendezvous between raids. Down nearby Fourche Maline river ran what came to be known as "Robbers' Trail"--associated with such names as the Youngers, Frank and Jesse James, and Belle Starr (who had a cabin 20 miles to the north). The cave's secluded and rugged location and general proximity to the Texas and California Roads and the old Butterfield Stage Line, made it an ideal outlaw hideout for many years.

Cave Entrance ©shopoklahoma

 

 

 

Visitors from Texas  ©shopoklahoma


The cave itself lies hidden in a formation of sandstone hills and cliffs from 300 to 1500 feet in height. A fresh water spring flowed through it, providing water, and a natural stone corral at the base of the cliff held the outlaws' horses. A hidden exit allowed them to escape unnoticed. The original founder of the park, Carlton Weaver, who is now buried close to the main park, developed Camp Tom Hale in 1926, but during the early years, the camp was in complete wilderness and the only way to reach it was a 10 mile hike over rough logging trails. Then Highway 2 was built in 1932, making it more accessible, and it became a boyscout camp. Established as a state park in 1935, the park's facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps., and their efforts can be seen today in most of the park's main buildings and features. Today, Robbers Cave State Park and adjoining Wildlife Management Area offers visitors 8,246 acres of discovery and enjoyment including caves, three lakes for fishing and boating, a wildlife-filled wilderness area for hunting or riding through, numerous trails for hikers and horses, sandstone cliffs for climbing and repelling, and a variety of recreational activities.

The park offers camping ranging from modern RV sites with hookups to regular tent sites to primitive camping along secluded trails--equestrian campsites can also be found. Other lodgings include 20 room Belle Starr Lodge, 18 single cabins, 8 duplex cabins, and 2 Group Camp facilities ( to accommodate a total of 410--both w/kitchens and dining halls). An amphitheatre is also available as well as 5 group picnic shelters. Picnic tables, comfort stations with showers, 2 boat ramps, a swimming beach, a swimming pool with bathhouse, 5 playgrounds, a baseball diamond, softball field, a nature center with naturalist programs and exhibits, a grocery store, and a full menu restaurant  Phone: 918-465-2900(cafe); round out the park's facilities.

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Other recreational amenities include paddle boat rentals, canoe rentals, miniature golf, snack stands. There are many ideal rock climbing/rappelling areas, nature trails, and hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding trails. The adjoining wildlife area contains over 25 miles of trails (many are closed during hunting seasons). Boating and fishing are available in Lake Carlton, Coon Creek Lake, and Wayne Wallace Reservoir. October's Fall Festival is a major yearly event. Make Robbers Cave State Park your own personal luxury hideout on your next "getaway."

Address:
US Highway 270 & State Highway 2
Wilburton, OK 74578

Pricing

1 Bedroom single is $73.00
1 Bedroom half duplex $63.00
2 Bedroom $88.00
2 Bedroom with deck $98.00
1 Bedroom (special honeymoon) $98.00 plus tax

Prices Subject to Change without Notice

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Directions

From US I-40, take US Hwy 69 south to 270 east. Just before Wilburton, go north on SH 2 to the park entrance.

Contact Name(s)
Mr. John Barnes

Year Built 1935


General Amenities/Services
Accommodations, Cabins, Campground, Children's Activities (Unsupervised), Grocery Store, Ice Machine, Parking (Free), Public Restroom, Public Telephone, Restaurant, Snack Bar/Shop, Vending Machines

Robbers Cave Playground ©shopoklahoma


Some trails closed during hunting season; some amenities closed in winter.

Holiday Hours & Days of Operation
Open holidays

Hours & Days of Operation
Park Office: 8AM to 5PM Every day year-round. Cabin & Lodge Office: Open 8am - 10pm year-round. Cabins open year- round. Campgrounds always open except for a few that close off season. Swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mini golf, paddle boat & canoe rentals, snack stands closed Dec. thru March.

Please check Prices for yourself.  Shop Oklahoma is not responsible for price changes and  Prices have changed. 
 

Phone:   918-465-2565
Toll Free:   800-654-8240

Fax:

  918-465-5763
E-mail:   robberscave@oklahomaparks.com


Park Manager BBorremans@otrd.state.ok.us


Price Description
In peak season campsites range from $18 for a preferred location RV site w/all hookups, to $13 to $16 for a site w/water & electric hookups, to $8 for tent or primitive campsites. $5 non-refundable reservation fee. Lodge rooms are $78 per night. Cabins are $53 - $68 for a one bedroom, or $78 - $88 for a two bedroom (all have kitchens and fireplaces). One-bedroom honeymoon cabins are $88/night. Group Picnic Shelters (all w/water, grill, & electric ) range from $30 to $40 per day.

The Group Camp Facilities (1 accommodates 250, the other 160) are $225 per day for up to 50 occupants, additional persons are $3 each per day. Call about rental rates for canoes & paddle boats.
Swimming pool fee runs from $1 to $5. Amphitheatre is $50 per day--lights, sound extra.

Discounts Accepted
Family camping discount membership

Check-In Time
3PM - lodge rooms & cabins,5PM - campsites

Check-Out Time
12PM - lodge rooms & cabins,5PM - campsites

Maximum Stay (Nights)
14 

Minimum Stay (Nights) Cabins/Lodge 
Weekends: 2 nights 
Holiday Weekends: 3 nights 

North end of Park
Taken 2/5/00 by Marco
©shopoklahoma

 

  Reservation/Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Deadline, Deposit is Refundable, Reservation Deposit Required, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended on Weekends, Reservations Required for Groups

  Payment Methods Accepted
Credit Card(s), Money Orders, Personal Checks, Security bonds for groups, Travelers' Checks

  Type of Events Hosted
Retreat, Reunion, Youth Groups, Scout Groups

Other General Policy
Camping stays over 14 nights require an extension from the manager, Children Allowed, Group Rates Available, Groups will have a minimum stay requirement, Pets Allowed, Pets allowed in park on leash, pets allowed in designated cabins, Smoking in designated cabins only, Some trails restricted during hunting season-be informed

  Maximum Seating Capacity
250

Tour Group Services
Motorcoach Parking (Free), Tour Guide Available (Fee Charged)
 

Average Time for Group Tour
2 Hours

Minimum Number of People for Group Rate
20  

Business Services
Meeting/Convention Facility, Use Group Camp facility for meetings at this time

Picture to Right Family Picnic Shelter ©shopoklahoma
Rental of Paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, etc.

 

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Equal Accessibility Services
Both Group Camps are able to accommodate the handicapped, Cabin #5 is accessible, but cabin office is not, Handicap Parking Near Entrance, Nature Center entrance is accessible, Roll-In Showers. The large bathhouse at the beach/restaurant area is accessible, Toilets with Grab Bars, Wheelchair Accessible Entrance, Wheelchair Accessible Rooms, Wheelchair Accessible Toilets, Wheelchair Accessible Walkway, Whispering Pines & Equestrian camp have areas that are usable but not to specs

Other Destinations at Property/Event
Lake Wister State Park, Lake Eufaula & Arrowhead State Park, Ouachita National Forest & Talimena Skyline Drive, & Wilburton is a historic mining town w/buildings & artifacts.

Food & Beverage Amenities/Services
Catering Service, Dinner Served, Lake/River View Dining, Lunch Served, Take-Out Service

Cuisine Types
American Cuisine, Homestyle Cuisine

Types of Food & Beverage
Beef, Hamburgers/Sandwiches, Poultry

Food & Beverage Policies
Smoke Free Seating

Trout fishermen
 taken by Marko 2/5/00
©shopoklahoma

Recreation Activities
Biking (Road Bike), Bird Watching, Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Jogging, Kayaking, Rappelling, Rock Climbing. Sorry, no watersports. Fishing and boating only, Swimming, Wildlife Viewing

Recreations Facilities
Ball Field, Bike Trail (Mountain), Boat Launch, Golf Course (Miniature), Hiking Trail, 52 mile Horseback Riding Trail, Lake on Property, Lake/River Access, Nature Center, Nature Trail, Outdoor Grill, Picnic Shelter, Picnic Tables, Playground (Outdoor), Swimming (Beach), Swimming Pool (Outdoor)

Robbers Cave Swimming Pool ©shopoklahoma

D bar T Stables in Robbers Cave State  Park  ©shopoklahoma

D bar T Stables in Robbers Cave State Park
dbartstables@aol.com 

Professional wranglers will instruct you on the basics of horseback riding and your Oklahoma Western Adventure will begin!  Enjoy the scenic, wooded hills of the San Bois Mountains and view Oklahoma's various wild life while you hear some western history and a few "tall tales" to share with your friends back home.  A guaranteed one of a kind ride! Visit D bar T Stables for particulars

 

Natural History and Adventure Tours 
Robbers Cave State Park and Southeastern Oklahoma
Bobbie Vinson, Owner Natural History and Adventure Tours, Wilburton, Ok 74578
Phone:  918-465-2784bobbiegayle@yahoo.com


Recreation Services
Lifeguard on Duty, Nature Programs,Tours (Self-Guided)

Recreation Rental Services
Boat Rental (Paddle), Canoe Rental, Picnic Shelter Rental

Recreation Policies
Boat Size Restriction, Horsepower Restriction

Lake Acreage
94

Educational Activities
Nature programs

Accommodation Amenities for Group Camps
Cabins at Campground, Fire Wood Available, Flush Toilets in Campgrounds, Kitchen/Dining Hall at Campground, Outdoor Grill at Campsite, Picnic Table at Campsite, Sanitary Dump for RVs, Security Patrols, Showers in Campground

In-Room Amenities
Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock, Cabins have kitchen utensils, fireplaces, no TV, no phones. Coffee Maker, Cooking Utensils, Fireplace, Kitchen, Linens Provided.

Lodge Rooms have clock, TV, no kitchen, no fireplaces, No Microwave, No Refrigerator, Private Bathroom, Toiletries Provided

Number of Guest Rooms
20

Number of Cabins/Cottages
26

Total Number of Camp Sites
117

Number of Primitive Camp Sites
51

Number of Camp Sites w/ Water & Electric
55

Num. of Camp Sites w/Water, Elect. & Sewer
11

Maximum Number of People per Cabin
6

Equestrian Trail* (EASY, ADVANCED, EXPERT)
Winds past many historical landmarks. Riders will also encounter a variety of wildlife. Trails east of Hwy. 2 are closed Oct. 15-Jan. 31 for hunting season. GPS developed map available. Campground has mounting block accessible to physically disabled available.
LOCATION: Park entrance is 5 miles N of Wilburton on SH-2, in SE Oklahoma.
DISTANCE: 60+ miles of horse and multiuse trails
RIDE TYPE: Loops and connecting trails
TRAIL TYPE: Very rocky with some steep inclines. Horseshoes are a necessity.
DIFFICULTY: Easy to difficult. Machete is very steep, Overlook runs close to cliff.
MORE INFO: 918-465-2562
(HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, CAMPGROUND, CABINS, PICNIC AREA, PLAYGROUND, RESTROOMS, BOATING, SWIMMING, FISHING, DISABLED ACCESS, NATURE VIEWING, RESTAURANT)


©shopoklahoma

South end of Park
Pictures taken 2/5/00 by Marko



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