There are a majority of people who live in other states that believe Oklahoma is just filled with a bunch of country folk and dusty plains. In reality, yes we have country folk, but we also have city people. Yes, we have dusty plains, but more than that we have so many beautiful state parks, recreation areas and wildlife refuges that make Oklahoma the gorgeous, unique state it is.
In particular, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is something that can’t be missed. The wildlife refuge is located near Lawton, Okla., and offers stunning views from Mt. Scott and the chance to see all types of wildlife unique to Oklahoma making it perfect for a refreshing weekend getaway! According to the Medicine Park website, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is the second most visited wildlife refuge in the country.
Cody, who spoke in my post 10 Tips for Camping at a National or State Park, has visited the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
“When I visited the Wichita Mountains I drove up onto this hill near Medicine Park. It was directly facing Mount Scott. The views were incredible, you could see an all-around view of the lake with Mount Scott in the background,” says Cody.
Be prepared to see hundreds of little prairie dogs popping up out of the ground. Bison and Texas longhorns are sure to be seen. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain elk, white-tailed deer, river otters, wild turkey and many more all reside in the wildlife refuge.
While visiting the wildlife refuge there are many activities to enjoy during your stay.
According to Travel Oklahoma, some activities available for your enjoyment are:
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
Furthermore, Travel Oklahoma also lists additional attractions to visit:
- The Holy City of the Wichitas
- Mount Scott
- Quanah Parker Lake
- The Parallel Forest
- The Forty-Foot Hole
After seeing Mount Scott from afar Cody wanted to get an even better view from the top of the mountain rather than just looking at it.
“I drove my standard Honda Civic hatchback up the narrow road leading to the top of Mount Scott, it was an interesting ride especially because I was following a couple on a motorcycle making some sharp turns,” says Cody. “Once I finally reached the top I could tell how the air was thinner, but the views were amazing. You could see for miles and miles.”
Also, if you’re planning a trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, you’ve got to make a pit stop at Medicine Park located outside the entrance to the wildlife refuge. Medicine Park is a quaint town with cobblestone buildings and cute shops. According to the Medicine Park website there are five music festivals in the town each year. The town also has art galleries, restaurants, an ice cream and candy store and the swimming hole that many visitors enjoy. There are plenty of places to stay from the popular resort to charming bed and breakfasts.
You can enjoy the picturesque Medicine Park and then visit the beautiful Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for a refreshing nature trip with some luxury added in by staying in town.