National Cherokee Nation Park, located in Sequoyah County just off I-40, is an 800-acre tribal property that is open to the public for picnicking, primitive camping, fishing, hunting (during specified dates only) and trail riding. Adjacent to the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir, part of the Arkansas River system, trail riders and hikers alike will enjoy miles of marked scenic trails through woodlands and along shorelines. Wildlife is abundant. It was designated as a Cherokee Nation national park in April of 2016. Cherokee Nation received the land from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1998.
The park offers a large, covered pavilion perfect for group gatherings. Provided for overnight use is a large barn with stalls. Please provide your own bedding and bag your manure before leaving. There is no charge at this time for camping. Park gates will close overnight unless prior arrangements are made with the site manager.
Campfires are allowed when there is no red flag warning. Please extinguish fully before leaving. Currently there is no water or electricity on site. Please bring all equine and people water. Supplies are available in nearby Vian and Sallisaw.
A boat ramp is available on the east end of the park to access Robert S. Kerr Reservoir.
Planned improvements include modern campsites with RV hookups, water, permanent restrooms, a shower house, an arena and additional miles of trail.
From I-40 between Sallisaw and Vian, Oklahoma, take the Dwight Mission exit (Exit 303). Travel south on Dwight Mission Road for approximately 3.5 miles to the park entrance. Camping for large rigs is available west of the barn or near the lake off the main road through the park. The access road and main park road are fully paved and accessible to large RVs and LQ horse trailers.