ALABASTER CAVERNS STATE PARK
The highlight of this 200-acre park is the 3/4-mile cavern formed of alabaster, a rare form of gypsum, making it the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public. Daily guided tours of the cave are available on the hour from 9am to 4pm (fee charged). The cavern recently underwent an extensive lighting overhaul. Group tour reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. A horseshoe pit, volleyball court, camping areas, picnic tables and shelters, group shelters with electricity, water and grills are available at the park. Wild caving is a unique adventure at the park as well.
Located in Oklahoma, the park is known for its alabaster cave - one of the largest natural gypsum caves worldwide. The area was first inhabited by Native American tribes before European settlers arrived. In 1939, Charles Grass purchased land containing the caverns and sold it to private interests who developed it into a tourist attraction.
In 1953, Oklahoma acquired this property from these owners with help from federal funds under Project 725. It officially opened as a state park on July 5th, same year. Today visitors can explore guided tours through lit pathways within this unique geological feature.
- Tent Camping: Alabaster Caverns State Park offers 22 tent sites for campers.
- RV Camping: There are also 11 full hookup and pull-through RV sites available.
- Group Campsites: The park provides group campsites with a community building, kitchen facilities, and bunkhouses.
- Picnic Areas: Each camping site comes equipped with picnic tables and grills for outdoor dining experiences.
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Alabaster Caverns State Park offers picnic tables and grills, perfect for a family outing. No reservations are required for picnicking.
Daily guided tours of the cavern are available on the hour from 9 AM to 4 PM. For safety reasons, each tour has a maximum number of visitors who can be accommodated. For this reason, during holidays, large-scale area events, if traveling a great distance, or if you would like to make plans around a particular tour time, it is recommended that you call the park office in advance for a cavern tour reservation.
- Raptor's Roost Trail: A 1.2-mile trail that offers a moderate hike with views of the surrounding area and wildlife sightings, including birds such as hawks and eagles.
- Old Two Toes Trail: This is an easy-to-moderate level hiking path stretching for about one mile; named after a legendary bobcat in local folklore who had two toes on one foot due to injury or birth defect.
- Freedom Interpretive Nature Trail: An educational half-mile loop featuring interpretative signs explaining various aspects of nature found within Alabaster Caverns State Park - flora, fauna, geology etc., suitable for all ages.
- Mesa Loop Hiking Trails (North & South): These are moderately difficult trails each extending over three miles around mesas offering panoramic vistas across the park landscape; North trail features more rugged terrain while south has gentler slopes.
- Bobcat Bypass Pathway: Shorter than most other paths at only .75 miles long but provides opportunities to spot native Oklahoma animals like deer and bobcats along its route through wooded areas near campgrounds.
-Cave Island Walking Track : It's just under half-a-mile round trip walk from picnic shelter leading up to Cave island -a small landmass surrounded by water-filled sinkhole where you can see bats flying out during dusk hours if lucky enough!
-Outlaw Pass Route : Named after infamous outlaw gangs believed hiding here once upon time , this challenging 3/4th mile trek takes visitors past some interesting rock formations before ending atop high bluff overlooking beautiful valley below .
-Wildcatter Way Walkway : As name suggests it pays tribute oil industry history region ; extends approximately quarter-of-a-mile showcasing different types drilling equipment used historically till modern times displayed alongside pathway .
-Bison Viewpoint Stroll-way : Just short stroll less than hundred yards away parking lot leads towards fenced viewing point where herd bison often seen grazing nearby fields especially during early morning or late evening hours .
Alabaster Caverns State ParkHwy 50 & Hwy 50-AFreedom, OK 73842
6 miles S of Freedom on Hwy 50, 1/2 mile E on Hwy 50A.