Talimena State Park

Talimena State Park 50884 Hwy 271
Talihina, OK 74571

Phone: 918-567-2052   918-655-7212
Fax: 918-655-7274

Talimena State Park marks the Oklahoma entrance to the Talimena National Scenic Drive, a winding road through the Winding Stair Mountains that is known for spectacular spring and fall foliage.  Hiking and backpacking trails throughout the Ouachita National Forest begin at Talimena State Park and offer a wide range of scenic, wooded terrain.  Dirt bikes and ATVs are permitted in the park as an entrance point to the national forest lands. Talimena State Park offers facilities for picnics and camping including a pavilion, tables, 10 RV sites with 30 amp electricity and water hookups, ...

Talimena State Park marks the Oklahoma entrance to the Talimena National Scenic Drive, a winding road through the Winding Stair Mountains that is known for spectacular spring and fall foliage.  Hiking and backpacking trails throughout the Ouachita National Forest begin at Talimena State Park and offer a wide range of scenic, wooded terrain.  Dirt bikes and ATVs are permitted in the park as an entrance point to the national forest lands. Talimena State Park offers facilities for picnics and camping including a pavilion, tables, 10 RV sites with 30 amp electricity and water hookups, seven designated tent campsites with pads and many other available areas suitable for tents, fire rings, a playground, hiking trails and a comfort station with showers. Honor system reservations for campsites are accepted by calling the park office.

**NOTE** Ouachita National Forest Motorized Routes have been implemented for off-road vehicles.  Downloadable maps are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita.  Free maps may also be picked up at Talimena State Park or at the Forest Service office located three miles south of the park on Highway 271. Please call for updated hours.  Visitors will be required to stay on designated routes, so visitors are highly encouraged to have a map prior to arrival.

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  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Grills, Handicapped Parking, Meeting Space Available, Pets Allowed, Pets Allowed in Park, Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Showers

  • On-site Activities: ATVing, Hiking, Watchable Wildlife

  • On-site Lodging: RV Sites, Tent Sites

Honor system reservations for RV and tent campsites are accepted by calling the park office.

Tent sites: $12

RV sites with electric & water hookups: $20

Premium sites: Additional $5

Pavilion rental (includes water, electric, extra large grills and six tables): $45 per day

Cash or check only. Credit cards are not accepted.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located 20 miles south of Wister and 6 miles north of Talihina on Hwy 271 one mile south of the entrance to the Talimena Scenic Drive (Hwy 1).

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From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/08/15

Alicia, typically the weather at the end of October ranges between 75 for the high and 49 for the low, so you may need to bundle up. Late October is a beautiful time to visit the park and surrounding area to see fall foliage. For more information, please call 918-567-2052. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Alicia on 10/07/15

Would you say it's too cold to tent camp around the end of October? Or is it ok?

From Harold & Mary Keyser on 09/16/15

You do not have to call ahead to camp here. If we do not have a campsite available we will help you find something nearby or work something out for a site so you are not stranded. Office is usually open 9am to 1pm but hours vary during busy times or if other things must be done during those hours. Our days off are usually Wed and Thurs.

From Harold & Mary Keyser on 08/26/15

Talimena Scenic Drive is OPEN. The guardrail is in place and the roadway is cleared. Looking forward to some beautiful fall foliage in a few weeks. Come join us.

From Harold & Mary Keyser on 07/08/15

Just a quick update. The beginning of the ATV trails that leave from Talimena State Park into the Ouachita National Forest have been repaired. Several areas had been washed out during the heavy rains and are now in MUCH better condition thanks to our friends at the Forestry Dept. They hope to get more of the trails repaired soon as well. Come see.

From Harold & Mary Keyser on 07/01/15

Talimena Scenic Drive is OPEN! It is not completely finished but it is open. There is gravel on the roadway and on the downhill side there is no guardrail at this time. I am sure they will be completing this soon but the barriers are down and you can now drive along it. Please let others know about this. Thanks much.

From Mary & Harold, camphosts on 06/19/15

Update on the Talimena Scenic Drive. Work has begun to repair the drive. Will keep you updated and post as soon as we know an opening date. Sorry for all the problems this has caused everyone but Mother Nature really caused a lot of problems on the roadway.

From Mary & Harold, camphosts on 05/28/15

FYI The Talimena Scenic Drive Hwy 1 is closed. There are large cracks in the hwy caused by the recent rains washing through the roadway. Hopefully it will be repaired soon but until then be sure to alter your travel plans if needed. Hwy 63 which goes through Talihina is open.

From Mary & Harold - camphosts on 05/11/15

Thanks, Alton & Cindy. Hope to see you again soon.

From Alton & Cindy Prewitt on 05/10/15

Visited 05/06/15 to 05/08/15 and was totally impressed with the park. Well groomed, very clean and a great place for a family to stay. Rank it on the same level with some of the best in Colorado. Enjoyed our stay and will do another visit! Thanks Harold and Mary for a wonderful visit.

From Harold & Mary Keyser, camphosts on 04/18/15

Thank you Doug & Darren. We love it here and hope many more will come visit soon. There have been several hikers and ATV/motorcycle riders in recently that seem to enjoy the area as well. Come see what SE OK has to offer!

From Doug on 04/14/15

I'm the consummate Okie, well from west Ok.anyway, and SE Ok. And this Talihena state park area has to be the most beautiful part of Oklahoma!

From Darren on 03/17/15

Beautiful area, even in early spring. The hiking is great. One downside is the proximity of the campsites to the main road. Light sleepers want to be as far away from the road as possible. Great staff helped make the reservations and as I said, the hiking was wonderful.

From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/04/15

Sean, how fun! If you will call the park office at 918-567-2052, the camp hosts there will be able to give you more information on the best place to park during your visit. Happy hiking and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Sean on 03/03/15

I'm planning on a 5-day hike on the Ouachita trail starting at Talimena State Park in March. Is there abundant parking at Talimena State Park and is there a charge to park here overnight?

From Mary & Harold Keyser on 02/21/15

Joseph If you are planning to come during Spring Break please call or email us so we know lots of people call us to reserve sites at that time.

From Joseph on 02/15/15

Mary & Harold. Good to know about the controlled burn. We drove the scenic route from 259 towards the park and was actually OK'ed to drive the smoke. I looked on the site for any burn notice and did not see anything. That was our first time up in the area. It looks great and we are planning to come stay a the park the weekend of March 21.

From Mary & Harold Keyser, camphosts on 02/10/15

Just to update everyone -- a controlled burn was done in the Ouachita National Forest near the park on Sunday Feb 8, 2015. At the present time it is a bit sooty and smoky in the area this should dissipate in time and with rain coming in next week. Trails will be great for riding and hiking during spring breaks in March. Come see us!

From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/10/15

Lea, we're glad you enjoyed your time at Talimena State Park! For information on Winding Stair Campground please call the Ouachita National Forest office at 501-321-5202. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Lea on 02/10/15

my family and I was there in Oct. and had a great time. We would like to come back to Windstairs Campground and was wondering when it will reopen. And if the water situation has been resolved. Thanks Lea

From Sue on 01/01/15


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/01/15

Sue, there is one dump station at the park. You can see its location by clicking the red link on the side of this page that says 'View Talimena State Park Map.' The closest swimming/wading areas will probably be at the Billy Creek Recreation Area in Muse or Lake Wister State Park. You can see the locations of each by selecting 'Nature & Outdoors' within 15 miles under the map feature on this page. Please note that Billy Creek is about 20 minutes away and Lake Wister is about 45 minutes away. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 918-567-2052. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/01/15

Porter, the fees are charged according to the site you're occupying, not your sleeping unit. For example, if you put one tent on a tent site, it will be $12. If you put one tent on an RV site, it will be $20. Please not that some sites are designated as 'premium' and cost an additional $5 per night. The number of tents allowed per site does vary by manager's discretion. Typically, in a tent camping area, one tent is allowed per site. One child's tent may also be placed on that site at no additional cost, but that tent must be occupied by your dependents under the age of 18. This rule also applies when staying on an RV site. Any other tent found on a site will be charged a base rate fee of $12. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 918-567-2052. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Sue on 12/31/14

Is there a dump station at the park? Also, is there a place we can wade/swim nearby? We plan on staying next spring or summer.

From Porter on 12/29/14

Do you guys charge per tent or just for the campsite? Thanks...Porter

From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/12/14

Manish, you can see fall color updates at www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals. We are currently updating this page twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Manish on 11/12/14

What is the update on fall colors on talimena Scenic Drive

From Lovie Melkus on 11/02/14

We stopped at a turnoff for an old cemetery on the byway. Coins had been left at each gravesite. My cousin hS offered to research this tradition, but she would like to know the name of the settlement. I can't remember the name--can you help me. Thank you.

From Harold & Mary on 10/20/14

A note from your Talimena State Park camphosts. We took a short trip along part of the Talimena Scenic Drive and the colors are 'spotty' some nice foliage in a few areas but most are still green and not yet turning. Look for more colors to be visible in the next two weeks. Come see it, you will love the beauty of the Quachita National Forest.

From Harold & Mary on 10/06/14

Just FYI regarding the park. Most RV sites are 'reserved' for the month of October -- we use an honor system to reserve sites and you must contact us at the park office or by email to reserve a site. When you arrive at the park be sure you have cash or check available to make your payment as we cannot accept credit or debit cards. We look forward to seeing many of you as you visit this beautiful area during the fall foliage viewing. Have a great fall and be sure to call or watch this page for more updates.

From Doug Freeman on 10/02/14

I have been there one time. and I have lived in Ok. all my life, this is such a beautiful area, i plan to make it back this oct. i first visited in oct of 2012, the first leg of the hike out of the park is the hike i did, somewhat hard on this out of shape guy, but I've been training some for another go at it...

From Mary & Harold on 10/01/14

Just a quick note to update all of you wanting to see the fall foliage. Right now there is a very small bit of color along hwy 271 coming up from hwy 270 to the Talimena Drive. Looks like the color will be good the end of October - first of November if we can get a good freeze to get it started. Will try to post updates as I can.

From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/18/14

Cathy, sorry, there are not 50 amp hookups available at Talimena State Park. However, there are 10 RV sites with 30 amp hookups available. For more information, please call 918-567-2052. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Cathy on 08/18/14

Is there RV camping available with 50amp electric hookups?

From Bill on 06/03/14

Yes, there definitely is parking at Horse Thief Springs. If you hike it, be prepared - especially in early summer - for lots of undergrowth including briars and plenty of ticks. The horse thiefs hid there for a reason and it wasn't cuz it was popular. However, it is a fun hike that will spin your mind back in time. The botany is unique too.

From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/08/14

Kevin, the hosts at Talimena State Park told us that the area you're referring to is handled by the Forestry office. We believe there is parking available however, be advised that there are no patrols along the scenic drive, so parking is at your own risk. For more information on parking, please call 413-687-7052. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Kevin Schneringer on 05/08/14

Is there overnight parking at the Horsethief Springs area. I am planning a hike from Horsethief to Wind Stair campground .

From camphosts Harold & Mary Keyser on 04/07/14

Just a quick note to let everyone know we are looking forward to a wonderful spring season with lots of hikers and ORV riders enjoying the trails into Ouachita National Forest. Come see all the beautiful trees and spring flowers in bloom.

From Jerry Stockton on 10/10/13

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge closed on March 5, 2012, to undergo a major renovation. It will reopen in late 2014

From The Allison's on 10/08/13

We stayed two nights, very clean grounds and restrooms, and very friendly people running the park. Thx for a great stay!

From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/24/13

John, according to our State Parks Department, the area you're talking about would be about 20 miles north of Talimena State Park. Your best bet would be to contact the National Forest Service at 501-321-5202 and ask them for information on nearby camping areas. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From john leslie on 09/20/13

If I was to stay at the park, how difficult would it be for me to get to, and hike the Kiamichi upper river wilderness? Thanks

From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/05/13

Bonnie, campsites at Talimena State Park are available on a first come, first serve basis. You are more than welcome to pitch a tent on an RV site, but please keep in mind that you will be paying for the site itself, not your sleeping facilities. An RV site with water and electric hookups is $20. Some premium sites will run an additional $5 per night. If you have any questions, please call Talimena State Park at 918-567-2052. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!

From Bonnie Kerns on 08/02/13

Is it possible to make reservations for Labor Day yet? And, can a tent be pitched on an RV site? What is the price of a tent site and price of an RV site? Thanks!

From Harold & Mary Keyser on 04/21/13

Thank you all for your wonderful comments. We enjoy working here at the park and look forward to seeing you again. Be sure to let us know if there is anything you would like to see added to the park or changed as well. We want this park to be a great place for you to come year round.

From Bill and Lucy on 04/15/13

We have stayed at this park several times. It is small, quiet and clean. It is a great spot for hiking. They have some new camp hosts on site that have fixed up the pavillion and are really doing a good job managing the place. If you want to get away from the crowds and get close to nature, try this park.

From ron duffell on 03/22/13

We took our first family vacation here In the 2013 Spring Break season. had a great time, it was cold, but the showers for hot, and Harold in Mary work awesome host. Get fire wood forus and everything. facilities and park are super clean. Can't wait for school get out so we can go back! 5 stars would recommend to anyone!!!

From Kevin Young on 01/26/13

My wife and I stayed over Memorial Day weekend and the new playground was wonderful for our Grandson to play. The restrooms were all clean and orderly, just a nice clean campground. Saw a bear there in 2011 right behind the campsite.

From mary on 10/25/12

please note that the earlier comment was written several years ago. The park has been improved since then.

From Melanie on 09/26/10

We stayed there last Halloween. Pretty park, but very close to the highway and very small. Lots of non campers driving in and out to use the restrooms. Also, we were attacked by Mexican Beetles the last day we were there. There were literally hundreds of them all in our camper and all over our site. We're STILL finding them in our camper nearly a year later.

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