Medicine Park Attractions
With its idyllic creekside setting at the foothills of the Wichita Mountains (the oldest mountains in North America) no wonder Medicine Park has been an enviable attraction for the last 100 years. But first and foremost its draw is the wealth of historic Cobblestone architecture, not found anywhere else in the US, making it the quintessential destination for those who seek the unique. Called a “Treasure” by visitors both near and far, the Park continues to be an integral inclusion to any worthwhile trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Great Plains Country.
Medicine Park and the its environs are highlighted by over 15 blue water lakes and offer fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing and a breath-taking natural terrain perfect for rock climbing, hiking, bird watching and wildlife photography.
The Town of Medicine Park
Medicine Park Trail: Solid surface walkway, lined by
cobblestones, along scenic Medicine Creek.
Bath Lake Swimming Area: Renovated area along Medicine
Creek historically developed (and still used) for swimming. A charge of $2 a person per day.
Gondola Lake and Dam: Small, scenic lake, below larger
Lake Lawtonka dam, created by 1918 concrete dam built
over rugged granite boulders.
Lake Drive: Beautiful scenic drive along the shoreline
of Lake Lawtonka.
Fishing: in Medicine Creek now isbecoming a yearly
event. In early November the creek is stocked with trout by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offering great trout fishing throughout the winter months. There is good fishing for bass and other types of fish all year round.
The Old Plantation: The Old Plantation, the most imposing structure in Medicine Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1909 began as the Medicine Park Hotel (nicknamed The Outside Inn) then the Grand Hotel in the 1920s. In the 1960 under Rex and Ruby Leath (Grandma) it was renamed the Old Plantation building was restored in 2007.
Veterans Monument: Granite marker in Jack Laughter Park
dedicated to all war veterans.
Sanders House: Oldest residental structure in Medicine Park built in 1908.
Robert Dean Metal Sculptures. There are 16 Scattered throughout throughout Medicine Park the earliest is the Bison in front of the Music Hall. Note that the Sculptures are all privately owned and no climbing on them or trespassing is allowed. They can be viewed from the road or walkways.
Be sure to visit the Medicine Park Post the Town blwaysog.
The Surrounding Area
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge: 60,000 plus acres are home to free-range buffalo, longhorn cattle, prairie dog towns, elk and deer. Mount Scott provides a scenic drive to the second highest point in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Special tours and programs throughout the year. 580-429-3222 www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/wichitamountains
Lake Lawtonka: Magnificent man-made (water supply) lake,
built in the shadows of Mount Scott, with abundant recreational opportunities and facilities.
Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area: (LETRA) Camping,
RV sites, miniature golf, waterslide, boat ramps and docks.
Fort Sill. 580-442-5541
Meers: Born during the turn-of-the-century gold rush,
the Meers Restaurant and store, with its fabulous hamburgers, is all that remains of this former boomtown. The Tour de Meers is held here annually. 580-429-8051
Museum of the Great Plains: Cultural and natural history
of the Southern Great Plains of North America; Tingley
Collection of Native American artifacts, Red River Trading
Post. Lawton. 580-581-3460 www.museumgreatplains.org
Fort Sill Museum: 1870 Old Post buildings house exhibits
about buffalo soldiers, Southern Plains tribes and famous
Apache Geronimo; world’s largest collections of military
memorabilia. Lawton. 590-442-5123