I visited Roman Nose State Park in Watonga, OK in June 2017. My father had just passed away and I felt like I needed an escape. I wanted to be away from the city and outside in nature to make peace with his passing. Watonga is an easy 3-hour drive from Wichita, and I was more than happy with my visit.
First of all, I think it’s important to tell you that I had NO idea where I was going when I arrived at the park. I would recommend visiting the park office first (unlike what I did…) and grab a map and ask the friendly staff at the information desk for directions and/or tips (like whether the dam is closed).
I initially ended up in the part of the park where there is a swimming pool (kinda weird) and some short wooded trails with natural springs were the water is so clear you can see right through it! Amazeballs.
Even though I found these gorgeous spots, I wanted more of a hike, so I got back in my car and found the park office. And. It. Was. Amazing. The lodge was beautiful and had a nice restaurant and guest rooms available! I got a map and was told the dam was closed (which meant part of the hiking trail was also closed). The trailhead to Inspiration Point Trail is conveniently located off of the parking lot by the office. I attempted to follow the map for the hike up to ‘Inspiration Point’. Going up was no biggie, but I did get turned around a couple of times finding my way back down.
I only saw a handful of people along the trail. It was a peaceful and relaxing hike. Along the way back down the trail (and after getting turned around a couple of times), I was looking forward to having a meal at the restaurant. I had chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and veggies. It was fairly inexpensive and was yummy! I really should have grabbed a pic of the meal, but I did manage to take one of their glasses.
I am already thinking of returning to Roman Nose State Park, and maybe even booking a room for a night. It’s definitely a new favorite of mine. Check out their website for more info and to book your stay! Let me know what treasures you find if you do!