This blog is devoted to exploring the history, historic sites and heritage tourism opportunities of the American South! A guide to new additions and updates to the expansive site www.exploresouthernhistory.com, this blog features forts, battlefields, Native American sites, architectural treasures and natural wonders.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Robbers Cave, Oklahoma - Romantic Destination in the Sans Bois Mountains
Continuing with our theme of romantic historic spots in the South for St. Valentine's Day, today's focus is on a unique spot in Oklahoma.
One recent magazine labeled it "America's Sexiest Cave." I don't know about that, but I do know that Robbers Cave, the focal point of a beautiful state park in the Sans Bois Mountains of eastern Oklahoma.
The cave takes its name from local legend that holds that it was once a hide out for such infamous Old West outlaws as Belle Starr, the Daltons and Jesse James. There may be some truth to the tales. Belle Starr had a cabin not far away and the Daltons definitely roamed the hills of the Sans Bois. Jesse and Frank James committed a couple of robberies near Hot Springs in the Ouachita Mountains and some believe they probably escaped to the west into the area.
The Old West stories add a unique feel to Robbers Cave State Park, which may also be one of the most beautiful in Oklahoma. Located in a beautiful mountain setting, the park features caves, rock formations, bluffs, a lake, nature center, lodge, camping, picnic areas and more.
Its unique setting gives the park year-round beauty. The views are spectacular during the winter when the lives of the trees are gone and there are plenty of pines to keep greenery in the setting as well.
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure that is steeped in the romance of America's Old West, then Robbers Cave should be at the top of your list. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/okrobberscave.