August 26, 2006 – Greenleaf State Park is known as one of the Oklahoma’s most scenic and family-oriented parks. Located on a serene 900 acre sparkling blue lake, it offers over 200 RV and tent campsites, many of them lakeside.
But before I get to campground details, I’ve just gotta tell you about my very favorite feature of this park – the deer! These gorgeous creatures roam freely around the campgrounds. Despite the heat, I was glad to be here in August to see so many fawns hanging out with their moms.
At the Nature Hut, they’re caring for two fawns who had sad stories to tell about being separated from their moms, but they seem to like the grub here. I was thrilled beyond words that the Park Naturalist, Steve Evans, let me bottle feed these babies.
If you’re an animal lover, this is definitely the park for you! In the planning stages is a bird-watching blind where you can spy on your feathered friends without disturbing them. And for you fishermen, nearby Gore is the official “Trout Capital of Oklahoma!”
Here’s Steve showing me the orphaned baby possums he’s caring for. Right after this picture was taken, he had to go quickly wash his hands. He said he was considering writing a book entitled “Animals Who Have Pooped on Me.” I can’t wait to read that one! He could actually write a book on the history of this area – he was so helpful and knowledgeable about the historic WPA buildings and other interesting tidbits about the park and its surroundings.
Gobbler Ridge is the only campground in the park that accepts reservations.This loop has a total of 42 sites, with 7 having 50 amp service, and all with water at the sites. The sites have no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station within the loop, along with showers and restrooms. Most sites are shaded, some with gravel, some with concrete pads. There are no views of the lake from here. Although there are other lakeside and view sites in Deer Run and Cypress Row campgrounds, those only offer 30 amp service, and it was so hot I really needed all 50 amps to stay cool. The other important factor for me in choosing this loop is that the other campgrounds are located below a bluff, and I was advised that cell phones and air cards didn’t work down there. Gobbler Ridge gets its name honestly from some of the “residents” of the park – wild turkeys who also roam around the grounds. I really got a kick out of watching them cavorting around.
This is site #21, a 50 amp pull-through, located near the restrooms and across the road from the playground. This is one of the most group-friendly parks I’ve ever seen. While I was here, a very nice Good Sam group (Route 66) was here. Members told me this was one of their favorite parks to gather in.
Cypress Row Campground has the best lake views for the 25 sites here. The tradeoff is no sewer at the sites and only 30 amp service. Here’s a view of one of the sites in Cypress Row, seen from the pontoon boat ride.
Speaking of the pontoon ride, I really enjoyed it! Behind me is the swinging bridge found on one of the nature hikes you can enjoy in the park.
Deer Run Campground is the only one with some full hookup sites – All have 30 amp service and sites are a little closer together than the ones in Gobbler Ridge. But it’s located across the road from the Marina and some have views of the lake.
Kids’ Fishing Pond, where kids 16 and under, as well as totally disabled persons, can fish free of charge. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout and each fisherman is allotted 3 fish per day with no permit required. What a great place for some good father-son bonding!
Do you think you can balance on the log roll as good as this kid? The pool is located at the entrance to Gobbler Ridge campground. On weekends when lifeguards are on duty, there is a fee per person for campers. Other times when no lifeguard is on duty, campers can use the pool for free.
Group Camping: An excellent group camping program – reserved sites at Gobbler Ridge, with great group amenities available: enclosed pavilion, ball field, playground, pool, miniature golf, and campfires under the stars. They also offer a variety of other amenities such as catering, entertainment, tours, etc. I met Diane Rutland, the Sales Manager of Greenleaf and Tenkiller State Parks. She is so sweet, friendly and dedicated, you can be sure she’ll go the extra mile to make sure your gathering is tons of fun!
Malia’s 2 cents: What’s not to love here? A quiet lake, choices of wooded, sunny, or lakeside camping, and a friendly, helpful staff dedicated to making your stay memorable. Need I say I enjoyed my stay here?
Another Tip: A couple I met here told me I shouldn’t miss lunch at Emily’s Tea Room, in the tiny town of Gore, about 8 miles from the park. I can see why – great food in a beautifully decorated setting with a quaint Victorian ambiance, all for very reasonable prices, is a hard combination to beat. I had the best egg salad sandwich ever, on fresh wheat bread made at their bakery as my choice with the High Tea lunch that includes a Devon Scone with jam and fresh whipped cream. My friendly neighbors insisted I try their signature desert – the bread pudding. I agree – don’t miss it! If you can’t stay at Greenleaf, there’s plenty of parking for big rigs right off the street here, so treat yourself to High Tea and tell Kim that Malia sends her regards!
12022 Greenleaf Road — Braggs, OK — 918-487-5196