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Tenkiller State Park
Vian, OK - Sept. 2006

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Tenkiller State Park has a well deserved nickname of "Heaven in the Hills." Crystal-clear water draws water-sport lovers, fishermen, and even scuba divers to this lake surrounded by majestic tall trees high above in the Cookson Hills.
Blue Jay Knob Campground - This was the campground of choice for my stay. It's 3 miles from the visitor's center down a winding road with top speeds of 25 mph, but it was definitely worth the trip to arrive home to such views. The best spot in my opinion was #136 - a massive site with serene surroundings.
I was here the week before the Labor Day holiday, so I had this entire loop all to myself - well except for the deer, who were more than welcome neighbors! There are 23 sites here with water and 30 amp electric - the yellow poles of the dump station are seen here behind the deer's site of choice.
Shady Grove Campground - Down the road from Blue Jay Knob, I really loved this peaceful area, too, and each of the 11 sites here offer full hookups. But the heavy tree cover would have prevented satellite TV and didn't get as good reception for my cell phone and air card. I met two very nice couples camped here, though - one a fellow Texan!
This is a view from a bottom loop at Shady Grove where no RVs can fit. There are two islands visible from here, so don't miss this nice little picnic spot.
Fox Squirrel Campground - This park is located closest to the entrance and visitor center, so if you want the easiest access, this is it. There are 26 full hookup sites here, but they are closer together and a bit more "sterile" than the above two campgrounds.
Only two sites here have 50 amp service - sites # 70 & # 72.
Flying Squirrel Campground is located off of this loop and is basically an overflow area for crowded times. There are 27 sites with 30 amp electric at the sites - water is available at a couple of communal places, but not individually. There are no tables or grills at the sites, either.
The same amenities I enjoyed about Greenleaf State Park are also present here and I can see how this would make a great group camping destination, also.
Malia's 2 cents: This campground was exactly what I needed at just the right time - relaxation, solitude when I wanted it and enjoyable company when I went in for visits to the Nature Center and Visitor's Center. Once again the friendliness of the Oklahoma people were unmatched as everyone I met went out of their way to be helpful and made me very glad I "discovered" this wonderful part of this way underrated state!

From I-40 East, take exit 287, follow Hwy 100 north through Gore to park.
From I-490 West, take exit 297, 10 miles north on SH 82 to SH 100, 3 miles south to park.
Phone: (918) 489-5643 (park info & reservations)



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