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Heavener Runestone Park, Heavener

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Heavener Runestone Park is a 55-acre (220,000 m2) park located in Le Flore County, Oklahoma. It is located near the city of Heavener, Oklahoma. Formerly a state park of Oklahoma, it was transferred to the City of Heavener in 2011, and is now operated by the Friends of Heavener Runestone, a non-profit organization. The Festival held at the park on two weekends a year serves as a fundraiser for operating and maintaining the park.

Opened in 1970, the park has been erected around the Heavener Runestone, a runestone found in 1923, and most likely inscribed in the 19th century, perhaps by a Swedish immigrant. The stone is located on Poteau Mountain just outside the town's limits.

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  • first, it's important to note that the story about the vikings origin of the stones in this park is a myth. 1, no archaeological evidence exists of vikings ever having been in the area. 2, the very...  more »
  • The runestone was interesting and the background information on it (and the Vikings that left it there ) was fairly comprehensive and easy to understand. It's still a mystery how the Vikings got to...  more »
  • Very nice park overall. It's very popular with the hang gliding/paragliding community. But the road up to the launch area is rough and treacherous, and really needs improvement. Don't expect to be able to get up it without a 4x4. Fortunately, the rest of the park is perfectly accessible.
  • This place holds a dear spot in our hearts! We always stop here when travelling through. It's a beautiful little park and a neat look at history. It's dear to me and my husband because we got engaged out here on a hike! Just be careful as the steps to the runestone aren't the easiest to traverse.
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