Kiamichi Country, OK
Kiamichi Country in southeast Oklahoma is our featured destination this month. There is no reason to travel to other states to enjoy spectacular scenery when this part of Oklahoma offers such beautiful landscapes, mountains, rivers and pine forests such as the Ouachita National Forest. Southeast Oklahoma offers 26 sparkling pristine lakes, numerous rivers, streams and waterfalls; 7 glorious mountain ranges, cypress lined bayous, picturesque towns, 1 million acres of wildlife and 10 state parks such as Beavers Bend, Broken Bow, Robbers Cave, Heavener Runestone State Park and more. It is no wonder, then, that Oklahoma Tourism lists it as one of the top six destinations in the state and why so many people choose this wonderful destination to visit and re-visit each year. This region offers numerous outdoor activities such as water sports, mountain climbing and biking, hunting, horseback riding, fishing and more.
Additionally, fall is one of the best times of the year to visit due to the beautiful foliage tour which not only offers a gorgeous array of fall colors to enjoy, but is also a very popular hunter’s paradise, teeming with deer, turkey and other wildlife. Be sure to visit the Kiamichi Country website for more information on what this region has to offer.
Robbers Cave State Park is one of the most popular destinations in this region and is a great place for family fun offering 12 miles of hiking trails, 50 miles of horseback trails, sandstone cliffs which are great for rock climbing, paddle boats, canoes, swimming, cave exploring, wildlife, bird watching, camping, a nature center and much more. Located in the beautiful San Bois Mountains just 5 miles north of Wilburton, Robbers Cave State Park derives its name from famous outlaws of the West- Jesse James and Belle Starrwhich legend indicates was a hideout for the notorious villains due to ravines, bluffs, caves and rock formations in the area. The area is not only beautiful with rugged terrain, breathtaking foliage and pine forests, but also rich in historic sites as well. For more information on this beautiful state park area, visit TravelOK.com.
During your visit to this region, be sure to take time to visit Talimena State Park which marks the entrance to Talimena Scenic Byway. Enjoy this road trip which offers spectacular fall foliage views and incredible scenery as you wind around this peaceful 54 mile route along Winding Stair, Rich and Ouachita Mountains and which is listed as the crown jewel of the region.
While in the area you might want to visit Heavener Runestone Park which is located at the edge of the Ouachita Mountains atop Poteau Mountain. Heavener Runestone, a unique and cultural artifact is the centerpiece of the park and is believed that this carved stone was left by the Vikings in the 11th century. For more history and information, check out ExploreSouthernHistory.com.
At the end of the Talimena Scenic Byway you won’t want to miss the panoramic scenery, majestic view of the Ouachita Mountains, crisp mountain air and natural beauty that surrounds Queen Wilhelmina State Park. This park sits atop the nearly 27,000’ tall Rich Mountain in Mena, Arkansas where the clouds kiss the landscape. The park offers trails, miniature railroad and golf, zoo and more. With 41 campsites it also is a great place to camp with your RV. Check out TalimenaScenicDrive.com for more information.
If time allows, you may want to head further south to Beavers Bend State Park in the Ouachita National Forest. Beavers Bend is one of the most popular parks in the region with picturesque streams, rivers, lakes and outstanding mountain views. It provides wonderful outdoor recreation and the fall foliage in this area is truly spectacular. You can choose to enjoy watching the eagles, visiting the nature center, hiking, fishing or attending the Beavers Bend Folk Festivalthat is held the weekend of November 12-14th. The fall festival offers turn of the century craft demonstrations, folk music, petting zoo and more. The festival offers family fun and entertainment. Be sure to visit Beavers Bend website for more details about the fall festival. You can also camp at this state park with your RV since the park has over 110 RV sites. For more detailed information, visit McCurtainCountyGetaways.com .
With so many great places in Oklahoma why don’t you discover for yourself the natural beauty, and great adventure that await you? Now is the perfect time to make your fall plans whether for a weekend getaway, a fall vacation or to enjoy some great hunting! With gas prices declining and lower season RV rates and specials, there’s never a greater time than now to make your memories of a lifetime!