On our way to Arkansas, we drove through the eastern Oklahoma town of Heavener. As we passed through, I saw a sign that said “Heavener Runestone State Park”. It was really hot and really humid, but we decided it might be fun to go see the runestone. I am glad we did.
The park is a little overgrown, but it’s beautiful. There were stone steps leading down to the runestone. The steps rounded around several large caves.
The steps were a little treacherous. Davey had one unfortunate little tumble and banged his knee, but we didn’t have him in the best shoes for walking.
There is a lot of speculation about the runestone. It was once believed to be really old – as in Viking Norseman old – but now it seems more likely that a Scandinavian immigrant may have carved it in the 19th century.
I’d highly recommend exploring around this park. Don’t wear flip flops and crocs like we did though! I think it would be great fun to explore on a nice winter day or in the late fall.