Medicine Park Attractions
With its idyllic creek side 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 to 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 fifteen 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.
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 is now becoming 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 foe bass and other types of fish all year round.
The Spirit of Survival Marathon: a U.S.Track & Field
sanctioned race held its first ever race this past October
through Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife
Refuge. Organized and sponsored by Comanche County
Memorial Hospital it is sure to become one of the premier
Marathon’s in the Southern United States.
The Old Plantation: The most significant building in the
Town's history. Started in 1909 as the Outside Inn, it became the Grand Hotel in the 1920s. In the 1960s it bacme the Old Plantation. Now a fully restored, world-famous restaurant in the heart of the town.
Veterans Monument: Granite marker in Jack Laughter Park
dedicated to all war veterans.
Sanders House: Renovated cobblestone cabin, used as a
Visitors' Center and offices for several non-profits.
Buffalo Sculpture: Life-sized metal sculpture of one of
the area's buffalo, located in front of the old Skating Rink
(on the Creekwalk); created by local Sculptor Robert Dean.
Be sure to visit the Medicine Park Post the Town blog.
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