Crossing the Red River: Spend a Weekend on the Texas/Oklahoma Border at Lake Murray

Lake Murray is a popular destination just north of the Texas/Oklahoma border outside of Ardmore, Oklahoma. Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma’s first and largest state park and is a popular destination for Texans who want a quick and enjoyable weekend getaway. Located less than two hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Lake Murray is a nearby destination for Texas families in search of swimming, boating, hiking, golfing and more.

Oklahoma’s busiest state park, Lake Murray State Park, offers 12,500 acres and countless opportunities for guests of all ages to experience Oklahoma’s lush greenery. From miles of hiking and biking trails to a challenging and fun 18-hole mini golf course, Lake Murray State Park is the ideal destination for guests looking to experience outdoor living at its finest.

Fun activities to check out at Lake Murray State Park

Horseback riding

Novice and skilled horseback riders alike will enjoy a visit to Lake Murray Riding Stables. Guests can saddle up and enjoy rides through the park that last about 45 minutes to one hour in duration. Open seasonally, the stables offer everything from guided trail rides and hayrides suitable for all ages and experience levels.

Watersports and mini golf

Thrill-seekers will love this Ardmore business that offers up fun for all ages on both land and water. Hit up Lake Murray Watersports and Mini Golf to try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, waterbiking, sailing or paddleboarding when you rent one of these water vessels by the hour (life jackets, which are mandatory, come with your rental). If you prefer something with a little more pick up, you can also rent waverunners and boats as well as a number of fun accessories. If you’d prefer to stay closer to shore, you will enjoy the trampoline and waterslide combo area.

When you’re ready to visit dry land, head to the mini golf area for a little fun in the sun. Challenges your opponents to a fun round of mini golf on the enjoyable 18-hole mini course. Afterward, head over to the on-site concession stand that serves up a variety of dishes and drinks that will help wet your whistle and cool off after a fun day of sunshine.

Hiking and biking

For those who prefer the land to the sea, there are miles and miles to trail to be explored by foot or bike within Lake Murray State Park. Perfect for novice and skilled hikers alike, as well as those who prefer to explore on two wheels, the 10 miles of trails within the park offer up a scenic journey to undertake. The Pecan Grove Day-Use Area is a great starting point for any journey.

Nature center visit

Located on the south end of Lake Murray on a cliff overlooking the lake, the nature center and Tucker Tower is a fun stop during any visit to Lake Murray. Travel to the nature center to learn about the lake, from the life that inhabits it to the geography surrounding it. After you’ve learned all you can, take the short walk to Tucker Tower and climb to the top where you can enjoy 360 degree views of the lake the surrounding area. The picturesque view is not to be missed!

Lake Murray area lodging

When you plan your weekend in Ardmore, be sure to consider By the Lake RV for all your lodging needs. Located less than two miles from the entrance to Lake Murray State Park, By the Lake RV is both conveniently located and incredibly affordable. The RV Park offers a number of amenities for guests, including a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, fire pits, nature trails and a children’s playground. You will love this family-owned RV Park located in the heart of Ardmore with more than 90 RV spots and great customer service.


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