If you’ve never visited Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma, you need to add this little gem to your travel bucket list! We just returned from a 3 day getaway and I honestly cannot tell you how much fun my family had.
Robbers Cave got its name because outlaws, like Jesse James and Belle Starr, used to hide in the large cave on site. There are so many fun activities to make this a great destination for your family, but at the same time the state park is not crowded at all, which is always a plus for me.
Here’s everything you need to know to plan your stay at this amazing park:
· First, I booked our cabin using this website. There are several cabins in the state park, a lodge called Belle Starr Lodge, and RV and tent campsites. We wanted a cabin for the kitchen!
· When you reserve your accommodations, you will not receive a confirmation email right away. I got our confirmation 2 days before our check in date.
· There is NO Wi-Fi, so plan accordingly. It was a nice break for us!
· You will use this address to enter the park and then follow the signs to the Park Store to get checked in. Address to the entrance: 2575 NW 1024th Ave, Wilburton OK. You will see a large Robbers Cave sign and there are several different signs along the road guiding you to the right places within the park.
· Our cabin had one bedroom with a queen bed, a living room with a sleeper sofa, one bathroom, a kitchen, and a small front porch. The views around the cabin are stunning. There’s also a fire pit with 4 chairs, a picnic table, and a grill at all of the cabins.
· Dishes have been removed due to COVID 19, so if you stay in a cabin you will need to bring your own dishes to cook with and plates/plastic ware.
· We bought groceries at a little grocery story in Wilburton. They had everything we needed, like coffee/creamer, breakfast items, grilling items, and snack and drinks for the kids.
· Across the street from the state park entrance is the lake area. There’s a gift shop and nature center, which is where you will come to purchase kayak, canoe, or paddleboat rentals. You can also swim at the lake or the pool that’s on site. If you want to swim at the pool, the hours are limited. They’re open for a few hours in the morning and then close for cleaning. They re-open in the evenings from 4:00-7:00. You have to get tickets to access the pool and you’ll get these at the gift shop, too. When you check in for your cabin, you will receive a voucher to take to the gift shop for the pool tickets. We only swam in the lake!
· You will see signs throughout the park for different hiking trails and directions on how to get to the cave. Hiking and exploring the cave was our favorite part of the trip! We did have to drive a few miles to get to the parking area for the cave hike. The Belle Starr Trail Loop (pictured below) was walking distance from our cabin.
Our 3 Day Itinerary:
· Day 1: We arrived at check in and headed to the cabin to unload our groceries and suitcase. We brought the kids’ bikes with us so they ventured off to ride bikes and climb all along the cliffs behind the cabin. Once we had unpacked the car, we went hiking to see the notorious cave! We hiked for a few hours and then headed back to the cabin to grill hot dogs. There are plenty of shady areas around each cabin, so we really enjoyed just being outside together and there’s so much to do right in the backyard!
· Day 2: We got up early and made breakfast before putting on swimsuits and driving across the street from the park to the lake area. We rented a kayak for later in the day and then ventured off to the swimming area. Seriously, we had the lake mostly to ourselves. There were a few other families that came and went, but we were mostly on our own. It was great! We kayaked for about 30 minutes, it was $5 per person. The boys loved jumping off the kayaks and swimming in the lake to cool off. We brought a picnic lunch with us, so we had sandwiches, the boys played on the playground, we checked out the nature center, and then grabbed snow cones before heading back to the cabin. Once we were back at the cabin, we rested for a little bit and then rode bikes and hiked the Belle Starr trail. Jereme grilled us burgers and then Jake picked out the perfect picnic place on the cliffs behind the cabin for dinner. We ended the night with a fire in the fire pit!
· Day 3: This was our last day at Robbers Cave, so we slept in a little bit and then loaded up to head home. We stopped back at the lake on our way out to feed the geese and play on the playground for a bit before the drive home. We grabbed a quick lunch at Sonic in Wilburton and then were back home in under 3 hours!
There are other activities offered, like horseback riding, miniature golf, and ATVs but as you can see we didn’t have a lot of time to do everything! Regardless, we had plenty to do in the short time we were visiting. It was really great to get away and we felt safe the entire time. We did not have close encounters with anyone, so if you’re worried about COVID 19 but still want to take your family somewhere this summer, I highly recommend checking this place out!
Stay safe, healthy, and kind out there!