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Description - Ponder the mystery of the Heavener Runestone in the lush, beautiful valley that is the heart of Heavener Runestone State Park. The park is a perfect setting for a picnic or a hike, or to let your imagination roam.

Heavener State Park is a day-use only park offering group shelters for picnics, picnic tables, outdoor grills, comfort stations, amphitheater, playground, hiking, exploring, and educational programs about the Runestone. Overnight camping can be found in nearby Lake Wister State Park. The park offers a park office, gift shop and interpretative center with educational information.

Attractions - Features/Facilities: 50 Park Acres • Nature Trail • Playground • Gift Shop • Mysterious Hieroglyphics

Nearby: Cedar Lake National Recreation Center • Peter Conser Historic House, Heavener • Robert S. Kerr Museum & Kerr Conference Center, Poteau • Lake Wister State Park, Wister

Days/Hours Open: Office/gift shop closed on Tue (park still open for use)

Group Contact: Vicki Hurst

Recreation - picknicking

Climate - This state has a mild climate due to its southern location and low elevations. The western regions of the state are somewhat drier than that of the east. Winter temperatures range from 50 degrees to 25 degrees F. The season extends from December through February and very little snow fall during this period. Spring begins in March, with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F. Temperatures rise throughout the season and summer highs begin to peak in July and August. All regions of Oklahoma receive days with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. The southwestern corner of the state usually records the hottest temperatures. by October fall temperatures provide relief from the heat of summer. Temperatures during this season reach into the 60s for highs and dip into the 30s for the lows. The relative humidity has an annual average of 64 percent. The most rainfall occurs during the months of May and June.

Location - 2.5 miles N on Hwy 59 at Hwy 270 junction.

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Filed By: John Johnson
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: My family and I were so excited to think we were going to see some real vikings when we went to this place. The kids took off from the car like bats out of hell and ran to the little house at the bottom of this valley where the vikings supposedly live. Well guess what? They've moved! There were no vikings in the viking house...just some gibberish carved into a big rock which is supposedly viking talk, but really looked to me more like some writing I've seen on a paper place mat at an all u can eat chinese buffet. We hollered for the vikings to come out until we were blue in the face, and then this park ranger came down and told us we were disturbing the other guests and to hold it down. Then he started griping us out because we hadnt paid our admission fee. Well I told him I wasnt paying to enter his little side show because there were no vikings! And he started laughing at us which was really rude. The scenery is really beautiful there but there are no vikings here anymore, just plants and trees and rocks and waterfalls and dirt and birds and animals. I dont think the writing is really viking either...I think that maybe some chinese guy did this as a practical joke. If you take your kids here you might want to get you one of those viking horny helmets and a deerskin outfit and jump out at them so theyll be scared and run off, so they wont be disappointed and figure out the vikings have moved away!

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Contact Information:
Heavener Runestone State Park, 18365 Runestone Rd , Heavener, OK, 74937, Phone: (918) 653-2241, Fax: (918) 653-3435
, vhurst@otrd.state.ok.us

Additional Information:
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Heavener Runestone State Park - Official site of Heavener Runestone State Park


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