Day 6-7: Missouri to Oklahoma

WAYPOINT – TULSA, OK area

  • Tulsa Official tourism site (about the city, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Keystone State Park (a bit past Tulsa to the west. accepts reservations. has 82 tent sites, also cabins, and places for RVs. looks like a very “family activity” kind of park… boat rentals, water skiing etc.)
  • Twin Bridges State Park (close to the route, but nearer to Miami OK than Tulsa OK. small state park with tent sites and more lux accomodations, can make reservations)
  • Tulsa KOA (annoying-type “family” campground. but accepts reservations and has wireless internet. also, is close to the route, and just east of Tulsa)
  • Oklahoma State Tourism Guide to Route 66 PDF (covers whole state, not just Tulsa. great resource for art and list of “sites” along the trail)
  • Red Rock Canyon state park past Tulsa and closer to Oklahoma City, this park is known for good rappelling… there is a campground there too…
  • Oklahoma route 66 association – website with info on their stretch of the route
  • Missouri Route 66 association – website with detailed list of attractions along their stretch of route 66
  • Camping Oklahoma Route 66 – Here is a site someone put together on camping around route 66 in oklahoma

COOL STUFF TO DO:

  • Cherokee Nation Tourism – Cherokee Nation is in the northeast of OK (near Tulsa area) and the tribe encourages cultural tourism activities, we should check back on their site when the trip is closer to see if there is something going on during our timeframe.

NOTES:

Below is a list of private campgrounds along this segment of the route, but there are also state parks and National Forest campgrounds in Missouri and Oklahoma…

First, in Missouri about 2 hours west of Meramec (and a little bit east of springfield MO), is Bennett Spring State Park, in Lebanon MO.

The first possible National Forest stop is near Rolla MO. At the Mark Twain National Forest, Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek ranger district. Here’s a description of the Forest area. According to the main campsite page for the forest:

<< Dispersed Camping areas have few, if any, amenities or other facilities. Primitive Camping is allowed throughout the forest except in day use areas, administrative sites, within 100′ of springs, stream, caves and other natural features or archeological sites, or where otherwise prohibited. Follow Leave No Trace principles and protect the forest resouces. >>

There is a good map with a list of sites, that can be used to locate possible areas for camping.

The Cole Creek Trail is a trail that is actually for horses but hikers are welcome and primitive camping is allowed along the trail.

Further along, towards Oklahoma, there is a state park, Twin Bridges State Park, which is not that far off the route. Here is the OK state tourism page for the park. There is also the Lake Stanley state park near Oklahoma City. And the Keystone state park near Sand Springs, OK. And here is a page where you can choose parks by location.

One more IMPORTANT NOTE about staying overnight in the actual city of Tulsa along the Route 66 itinerary. According to chatter on the Historic Route 66 forum, the area can be potentially problematic for folks traveling thru:

<< We were driving along the service road looking at the motels, that looked questionable, when a policeman pulled us over. Asked us if we were looking for a motel and told us not to stay around there. Told us that area was all **** dealers and prostitutes and if we left the car there overnight he would almost guarantee it would be gone, stripped or damaged in the morning. He said there wasn’t any more motels West bound until Oklahoma City and sent us back to the East side of town. Things may have changed in the last few years but I would avoid the West side of town. >>

Here’s an edited list of possible campgrounds along the route… (see the full list of campgrounds along Route 66 here)

Kansas Campgrounds along the route:

  • Kingdom Camp Ground, 7146 SE 88th Drive, Galena (620) 783-2112


Oklahoma Campgrounds along the route:

  • Will Rogers Downs, 16305 Old Highway East, Claremore (918) 343-5900
  • KOA, 19605 E. Skelly Drive, Catoosa (918) 266-4227
  • Mingo RV Park, 801 N. Mingo Road, Tulsa (918) 832-8824
  • Warrior Campground, 5131 S. Union Ave., Tulsa (918) 446-3199
  • 66 Mobile Home & RV Park, 7514 W. 80th St. # 8, Tulsa (918) 224-1536
  • Route 66 RV Park, 9701 New Sapulpa Road, Sapulpa (918) 224-3750
  • Abe’s RV Park, 12115 N. I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City (405) 478-0278
  • KOA, 301 S. Walbaun Road, El Reno (405) 884-2595
  • KOA, I-40 at Exit 50, Foss (580) 592-4409
  • Wink’s Camp Grounds, 1410 Neptune Drive, Clinton (580) 323-1664
  • Elk Run RV Park, 2705 E. Highway 66, Elk City (580) 225-4888
  • Elk Creek RV Park, 317 E. 20th St., Elk City (580) 225-7865

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