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    Robbers Cave State Park

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    Robbers Cave State Park
    P.O. Box 9
    Wilburton, OK 74578
    Phone:918-465-2565Toll Free:800-654-8240
    Fax:
    918-465-5763E-mail:robberscave@oklahomaparks.com
    Park Manager BBorremans@otrd.state.ok.us

    918-465-2900/Cafe
    918-465-5200/Stables


    Robbers Cave Entrance ©shopoklahoma

    For Reservations, brochures, call Toll Free 1-800-654-8240 in Oklahoma City 405-521-2464
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    Location:

    About 40 miles Southeast of Lake Eufaula. and northwest of the Ouachita National Forest. Four miles north of Wilburton on State Highway 2 in southeastern Oklahoma. Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for Jesse James and Belle Starr,
    Features/Facilities:
    8,246 Park Acres
    189 Combined Lake Acres (Carlton, Wayne Wallace & Coon Creek)

    Prices Subject to Change without Notice
    20 room Belle Starr View Lodge - Prices $58 - $78.
    Meeting room for 75 to 100 people 1 meeting room (capacity 40)
    26 Cabins (with fireplace)
    5 Camping areas, 117 Campsites Assigned Campground
    2 Group Camps (capacities of 250 & 160)
    Wildlife Management Area (3,800-acre forested hunting ground adjacent to park)
    Nature Center
    Amphitheater
    12-Mile Robbers Cave Hiking Trail
    Horseback Riding Stables, Phone: 918-465-5200
    Ride to the Cave
    25-Mile Equestrian Trail
    Canoeing & Paddleboating
    Swimming Pool & Beach
    Rappelling
    Miniature Golf
    Grocery Store
    Silver Dollar Cafe, Phone: 918-465-2900
    Menu
    Main Pavilion next to cabins. Plenty of room. Picture by Marc Tabyanan taken 2/5/00 ©
    Highlights:

    Robbers Cave Fall Festival is always 3rd weekend in October
    Fish Species: Trout, perch, bass, catfish
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    Nearby:

    Wister State Park, Talimena Skyline Drive, Heavener Runestones, Spiro Mounds State Park

    Robbers Cave State Park-(one of Oklahoma's original seven parks) is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. A favorite of rappellers, cave explorers, equestrians, hikers, and outdoor lovers, Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws.

    Once the home of prehistoric tribal groups, the area later became the hunting ground for Caddo and Osage Indians who then traded with the French fur trappers that began making their way through the area. Outlaw legends began to grow around a robbers' cave during the Civil War when deserters from both Union and Confederate forces used it. After the war, guerilla bands and gangs of robbers made it a rendezvous between raids. Down nearby Fourche Maline river ran what came to be known as "Robbers' Trail"--associated with such names as the Youngers, Frank and Jesse James, and Belle Starr (who had a cabin 20 miles to the north). The cave's secluded and rugged location and general proximity to the Texas and California Roads and the old Butterfield Stage Line, made it an ideal outlaw hideout for many years.
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    Visitors from Texas ©shopoklahoma


    The cave itself lies hidden in a formation of sandstone hills and cliffs from 300 to 1500 feet in height. A fresh water spring flowed through it, providing water, and a natural stone corral at the base of the cliff held the outlaws' horses. A hidden exit allowed them to escape unnoticed. The original founder of the park, Carlton Weaver, who is now buried close to the main park, developed Camp Tom Hale in 1926, but during the early years, the camp was in complete wilderness and the only way to reach it was a 10 mile hike over rough logging trails. Then Highway 2 was built in 1932, making it more accessible, and it became a boyscout camp. Established as a state park in 1935, the park's facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps., and their efforts can be seen today in most of the park's main buildings and features. Today, Robbers Cave State Park and adjoining Wildlife Management Area offers visitors 8,246 acres of discovery and enjoyment including caves, three lakes for fishing and boating, a wildlife-filled wilderness area for hunting or riding through, numerous trails for hikers and horses, sandstone cliffs for climbing and repelling, and a variety of recreational activities.
    The park offers camping ranging from modern RV sites with hookups to regular tent sites to primitive camping along secluded trails--equestrian campsites can also be found. Other lodgings include 20 room Belle Starr Lodge, 18 single cabins, 8 duplex cabins, and 2 Group Camp facilities ( to accommodate a total of 410--both w/kitchens and dining halls). An amphitheatre is also available as well as 5 group picnic shelters. Picnic tables, comfort stations with showers, 2 boat ramps, a swimming beach, a swimming pool with bathhouse, 5 playgrounds, a baseball diamond, softball field, a nature center with naturalist programs and exhibits, a grocery store, and a full menu restaurant Phone: 918-465-2900(cafe); round out the park's facilities.
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    Other recreational amenities include paddle boat rentals, canoe rentals, miniature golf, snack stands. There are many ideal rock climbing/rappelling areas, nature trails, and hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding trails. The adjoining wildlife area contains over 25 miles of trails (many are closed during hunting seasons). Boating and fishing are available in Lake Carlton, Coon Creek Lake, and Wayne Wallace Reservoir. October's Fall Festival is a major yearly event. Make Robbers Cave State Park your own personal luxury hideout on your next "getaway."

    Address:
    US Highway 270 & State Highway 2
    Wilburton, OK 74578

    Pricing
    1 Bedroom single is $73.00
    1 Bedroom half duplex $63.00
    2 Bedroom $88.00
    2 Bedroom with deck $98.00
    1 Bedroom (special honeymoon) $98.00 plus tax

    Prices Subject to Change without Notice
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    Directions

    From US I-40, take US Hwy 69 south to 270 east. Just before Wilburton, go north on SH 2 to the park entrance.

    Contact Name(s)
    Mr. John Barnes

    Year Built 1935


    General Amenities/Services
    Accommodations, Cabins, Campground, Children's Activities (Unsupervised), Grocery Store, Ice Machine, Parking (Free), Public Restroom, Public Telephone, Restaurant, Snack Bar/Shop, Vending Machines
    Robbers Cave Playground ©shopoklahoma


    Some trails closed during hunting season; some amenities closed in winter.

    Holiday Hours & Days of Operation
    Open holidays

    Hours & Days of Operation
    Park Office: 8AM to 5PM Every day year-round. Cabin & Lodge Office: Open 8am - 10pm year-round. Cabins open year- round. Campgrounds always open except for a few that close off season. Swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mini golf, paddle boat & canoe rentals, snack stands closed Dec. thru March.

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    We've been there several times as a family. It is a nice place and very scenic. You can even see the infamous Belle Starr gravesite not far from there if you do your research.

    The hiking and rock jumping is fun and pretty contained in one area.

    My only thing though is that I wouldn't drive all the way from OKC to Robber's Cave if that is ALL you have planned. It's a pretty long drive, so plan to stay the night and do some other sight seeing in the area.

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    That is beautiful... how long is the drive? Do they have really deep caves with bats and everything? I like caves.. so far, one of my favorite caves, believe it or not, is in Branson.. Silver Dollar City.. I couldn't believe there was a cave under the park!
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    Robbers Cave has the one cave itself. No other caves other than the main cave though. Lots of rocks and cliffs, and set in the Warehouser forest! It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive. If you go, I'd call and get a cabin or lodge room at the state park. That's what we usually do.

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    Not really so much a cave any longer. More of a rock covered area. The actual cave was blown up years ago and then sealed with cement. But there are plenty of tall rocks to climb on. There are some "caves" left (more like deep cracks) but you'll need ropes etc. to get in and out. No bats that I've ever seen.

    For bats and a real cave go to Alabaster (sp) Caverns and the bat cave NW of the city. Now that is a good trip.

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    Patrick,

    Thanks for the thread and review. I'm trying to learn more about the State, and plan to start some camping trips in the Spring. Robber's Cave has made the list.

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    Our favorite two camping places are the Witchita Mountains (near Lawton) and Roman Nose State Park (Watonga).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BailJumper View Post
    Not really so much a cave any longer. More of a rock covered area. The actual cave was blown up years ago and then sealed with cement.
    This is not true. All there ever was was a deep hole under large rocks. THE cave is still there. It's a cave, but not created by water/erosion, just a deep hole. But it's a good 75-100 feet deep and you can get back in it.

    Robber's Cave is my second favorite State Park in Oklahoma. I recommend getting a night or two in one of their cool cabins, set on a big hill in the forest across the main highway from the rest of the park. The Lodge is newer and not as cool, although it does have a great view of the valley on the other side.

    The area around the cave is really cool and you could spend the entire day exploring it. It's just a maze of rocks, but the main cave is easy to get to with stone steps created by the CCC.

    Camping here is great as well, and if you want a longer hike, you can depart from the Cave area trailhead and hike to the small Lost Lake and then loop completely around the main park lake back to the restaurant and park entrance.

    Highly recommended. Take your out-of-state friends so they will stop thinking Oklahoma is flat and treeless.




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    This is not true. All there ever was was a deep hole under large rocks. THE cave is still there.
    Actually, if you read about the history of the cave I am right. While there are many caverns and recessed areas, the spot know as 'Robber's Cave' is no longer accessable.

    The entrance is still there an provides cover from the rain etc, the actual 'rooms' in the rear or the cave and path to the 'secret exit' are no more.

    If you look around enough you will find several areas sealed with concrete. I was told they were simply too dangerous and too hard to police against vandals and people up to no good.

    While it is rarely published for fear of causing others to think it is not worth the trip, it is mentioned in a few books regarding Oklahoma's oultaw history (of which I am a fan).

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    Maybe you are right, but the way you described it made it sound much less significant than it acutally is.

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    For most visitors it is of little consequence. They all assume the large opening near the top is the 'cave.'

    In reality there are probably 50 'caves' on that mound of rocks.

    I met a man many years ago while at Robber's Cave that owns the property where Belle Starr is buried. He let me on the property to take some photos, etc.

    He told me hours worth of history about the area.

    If I remember correctly he told me there were two rooms within the cave, one very tiny and another that was fairly significant with a tunnel leading to an exit in a wooded area.

    He said his grandfather used to talk about it being a pretty popular Sunday picnic area.

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    I think it's unfortunate that they sealed them all off. They didn't have to do that at Turner Falls.

    There are actually numerous limestone caves (like the kind found in Missouri and Arkansas) in northeastern Oklahoma, but they are sealed off to protect endangered bat species as part of the Nature Conservancy's Ozark Caves Preserve.

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