Black Mesa State Park
by Donna Ikenberry
My husband and I are Highpointers, which means we are in the process of visiting all of our country’s state highpoints. Fifty states mean fifty highpoints and it means all of them, from the heavenly heights of 20,320 feet on Alaska’s Denali to the lowly 345-foot summit of Florida’s Britton Hill.
We found Oklahoma’s highest point near Black Mesa State Park, a nice park noted for its rainbow trout. We were there attending the annual Highpointers Convention when we reached the highest point on the Oklahoma portion of Black Mesa. We hiked 4.2 miles one-way to the nine-foot high granite monument at 4,973 feet. While we were on the mesa with a couple hundred other Highpointing fanatics, we ate watermelon, watched as several others climbed the monument to get even higher, and we gazed at our surroundings.
Oklahoma Camping near Black Mesa State Park
Located in the Panhandle region of Oklahoma, the 349-acre park encompasses Lake Carl Etling and offers two campgrounds / RV parks in Oklahoma, including one for equestrians. There’s also a group camp for up to 120 folks ready of Oklahoma camping. Open year-round, the campground offers restrooms and showers, hiking trails, boating, fishing and a playground. The areas within the state park and the surrounding areas attract many types, including history buffs, anglers, birders, campers and rock hounds. Black Mesa is near Kenton, the only Oklahoma town that observes Mountain Time. For more information, call 580.426.2222.
When you go to camping in Oklahoma, you won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for a beautiful destination. Additionally the RV parks in Oklahoma are perfect for all your travel needs.