Located in Southeastern Oklahoma, Choctaw Country is a beautiful sprawl of mountains, trails, lakes, and rivers, surrounded by lush forests and dotted with a variety of attractions, from rugged outdoor recreation to intriguing historical landmarks. Whether planning a day trip, a weekend romantic getaway, a company retreat, or an extended family vacation, Choctaw Country has the right itinerary for you. Here are nine activities to get you started.
Experience the beauty of the clear mountain-fed waters around Beavers Bend State Park by kayak, canoe, or raft. Gather a group of friends and lounge your way across the river on a leisurely float trip, or live on the edge with a wild kayaking adventure in level I and II rapids. Whatever your ideal, the rentals and outfitters across Beavers Bend can accommodate you.
Enjoy a TeePee
Copper Sky Ranch offers a unique style of lodging with private, spacious teepees. At 27 feet, they’re big enough for family and friends. Step outside and enjoy the view of the vast Ouachita National Forest before you go panning for gold, then rent a UTV off-road vehicle and choose one of many trails to explore. Off-road trail maps include the famous K-Trail to the Ice Age Glacier Rock, the Lover’s Lane Trail, and the Old Fire Tower and Sunset Vista Trail.
Stay in a Train Car
Buffalo, OK OR Antlers-Rebel Hill Guest Ranch
Go back in time to this 80-foot Victorian passenger train in the middle of the country. The train, which sleeps up to six guests, features two fancy Victorian–style bedrooms with velvet curtains, a claw-foot bathtub, and a rock shower. You’ll enjoy planned and unplanned outdoor activities on this third-generation ranch—walk along the 15-acre lake or one of the six ponds, or enjoy the swimming pool and other luxurious amenities.
Search for Bigfoot
The mythical forest-dwelling Sasquatch has been spotted numerous times in Southeastern Oklahoma. A subculture has sprung up around tracking and recording this elusive yeti of the Kiamichis, culminating at the annual Honobia Bigfoot Festival & Conference. Held every fall, this two-day gathering of Bigfoot enthusiasts offers the curious and devout a chance to dive into the myth, hear from prominent Bigfoot field researchers, and mount their own hunt in the company of fellow believers.
Stay in a Cabin
Skip the hotel room and rent your own log cabin. From small and rustic to sprawling and luxurious (with amenities), the Hochatown/Broken Bow area offers a variety of cabins perfect for every occasion—perfect for a quick getaway, a family reunion, or a corporate retreat, these cabins are surrounded by towering trees, natural waterways, and hiking trails.
Hit the Trail on Horseback
Saddle up and prepare to trot in the footsteps of Old West legends at Robbers Cave State Park. The area is home to several stables offering guided rides through numerous trails that wind through the beautiful countryside—an ideal adventure for families, couples, and lone wolves alike.
Have a Camping Adventure
Grab the tent, gear, and sleeping bag and stake out a spot under the brilliant glow of the Choctaw Country night sky—you’ll never see stars like this in the city. Set up close to the water of McGee Creek and build a crackling campfire at night, then wake up the next morning and cast your line for a laid-back day of fishing.
Billy Creek West Trail | Heavener
Beech Creek Trail System | Hodgen
Boardstand Trail | Talihina
Cedar Lake and Old Pine Trails | Hodgen
David Boren Hiking Trail | Broken Bow
McGee Creek Recreation Area | Atoka
Robbers Cave State Park | Wilburton
Ouachita National Recreational Trail | Talihina
Choctaw Country has so many hiking trails, ranging from easy, leisurely strolls to challenging, rocky inclines. Make a list of all the trails you’ve conquered for bragging rights—if you’re a casual or inexperienced hiker, check off the beginners’ trails first, then move up to the moderately challenging, and before you know it you’ll be on your way to the expert-level difficult trails. Be sure to plan ahead and bring your favorite hiking stick, comfortable, sturdy shoes, and fill your back pack with refreshing water, snacks and emergency items. Then immerse in the beauty of nature and enjoy your hike.
Explore Spiro Mounds
Spiro Mounds is the only prehistoric Native American archaeological site that is open to the public. Walk along the two miles of interpreted trails as you take in the history of this erstwhile trade network of Caddoan Mississippian culture. Then, return to the museum, where you can view artifacts from the mounds, experience interpretive exhibits, and listen as director Dennis Peterson brings this incredible piece of history to life.