Osage Hills State Park
|Osage Hills State Park|
Sand Creek in Osage Hills State Park
|Location||Osage County, Oklahoma, United States|
|Nearest city||Bartlesville, OK|
|Area||1,100 acres (450 ha)|
|Governing body||Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department|
Osage Hills State Park is a 1,100-acre (4.5 km2) Oklahoma state park It is located in eastern Osage County, Oklahoma. The nearest cities are Pawhuska and Bartlesville. The park offers outdoor recreation opportunities including camping, hiking, fishing and wildlife watching. Park facilities include picnic tables and shelters, 20 semi-modern RV campsites, 16 tent sites and 8 cabins. Several of the park's structures are historic parkitecture built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s and 1940s.
Osage Hills State Park is one of the seven original parks constructed for the State of Oklahoma by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction began in 1935. The CCC workers were housed at the north end of the park. The remnants of the housing area still visible include concrete and rock foundations, an amphitheater and a lone chimney. The workers built structures using stone and timber that were obtained locally. Their design was based on “naturalistic architecture,” similar to that used in other parks built by the U. S. Government during the 1930s and 40s. Eight guest cabins are still used today. Although their appearance is the same as when they were built, they have all been modernized with energy-saving appliances and air conditioning.
The park also has a large picnic shelter that is suitable for use by large groups. It has a kitchen, a large dining area, and two stone fireplaces on opposite sides of the building.
Abundant fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and perch can be found in Lookout Lake, or in Sand Creek at the south end of the park. Miles of hiking trails cross the park offering opportunities for beginning hikers or more challenging paths. Wildlife is abundant in the park and includes whitetail deer, wild turkey, bobcat, raccoon,and more.
Other facilities include hiking trails and a swimming pool. There are also tent campgrounds and recreational vehicle (RV) parking areas.
Picnic shelter made by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Osage Hills State Park
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- "Osage Hills State Park". Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. Retrieved January 6, 2013.