Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a national recreation area in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains in south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur in Murray County. It includes the former Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area.
Part of the area was established as Sulphur Springs Reservation on July 1, 1902, and renamed and redesignated Platt National Park on June 29, 1906. At the time of its founding, the reservation, later national park, was located in Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation.
On March 17, 1976, Platt National Park was combined with the Arbuckle Recreation Area and additional lands and renamed. Of the park's 9,888.83 acres (4,002 ha), water covers 2,409 acres (975 ha). The park contains many fine examples of 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps rustic National Park Service-style architecture. CCC workers created pavilions, park buildings, and enclosures for the park's many natural springs.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area preserves partially forested hills of south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur. Named to honor the Chickasaw Indian Nation, who were relocated to the area from the Southeastern United States during the 1830s (and who later sold the original 640 acres (260 ha) of land for the park to the Federal government), the park's springs, streams, and lakes provide opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, and hiking, among other activities. As part of the Chickasaw tribe's arrangement with the U.S. government, the park does not charge an admission fee.
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  • Third time going…first time was on Aug 2015..second time March 2016…not a good time..everything looked dull…and this time was beautiful but too many ppl…the very first time was the best! Went in Aug.....  more
    Third time going…first time was on Aug 2015..second time March 2016…not a good time..everything looked dull…and this time was beautiful but too many ppl…the very first time was the best! Went in Aug.....  more »
  • I read about Platt National Park growing up and now many years later wanted to see what it takes to get demoted from that status. Yes, it's borderline at best for being a national park, but... 
    I read about Platt National Park growing up and now many years later wanted to see what it takes to get demoted from that status. Yes, it's borderline at best for being a national park, but...  more »
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  • Be sure to bring your swim suit!
  • We focused our trip on the little Niagara Falls and hiked up the creek from there stopping at the visitor center. Great information at the visitor center and in the brochures produced by the national parks. Highly recommend going up to Buffalo Springs. Very cool to see the Civilian Conservation Corps pool enclosure and to sit quietly while the spring bubbles up. Excellent experience of nature.

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