Oklahoma’s Choctaw Country: An All-American Rural Retreat
Located in America’s heartland between the rich soil of the Red River and the rugged Kiamichi Mountains, southeastern Oklahoma is an area of outstanding natural delights. Known as Choctaw Country after its native inhabitants, or Little Dixie for later settlers, here Southern hospitality comes with Western flavor. An abundance of unspoiled forests, mountains and lakes make this the perfect place for rural pursuits.
Nowhere are Choctaw Country’s natural charms more apparent than Beavers Bend State Park. Outside the town of Broken Bow, Beavers Bend is a rural resort where all the region’s activities are available in one area. Boasting miles of hiking and biking trails, train and horseback rides, fishing and watersports on Broken Bow Lake and a rotating roster of seasonal events, Beavers Bend is the place to be.
With so much to do, many visitors won’t want to leave at the end of one day. Beavers Bend State Park cabin rentals allow guests to stay near the park and not miss a minute of fun.
Majestic Mountain Views
Unlike the typical flat image of Oklahoma, the southeast corner of the state features actual mountains, specifically the Ouachita Mountains and several subranges. These stunning landscapes may best be seen along the various scenic routes spanning the region, especially the Talimena Scenic Drive. On their trip, travelers can stop to explore the Ouachita National Forest, the only one of its kind in Oklahoma.
A World of Water
In contrast to the dryer climate farther west, Oklahoma’s 10 southeastern counties contain no less than 13 lakes. The largest, Lake Eufaula, is also the biggest lake in the state. These conditions give willing tourists plenty of chances for boating, kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and all manner of water-based pastimes. Even prime fishing is possible on Choctaw Country lakes. If required, recreational equipment can be readily rented from local providers.
For those seeking the real America, southeast Oklahoma is the promised land. Visit Choctaw Country and come back to nature.