Kiamichi Country in southeastern Oklahoma is a mountainous, pine-strewn region that differs vastly from the grassy plains that characterize much of the state. Here, visitors can hike mountain trails with sublime views and enjoy the flora and fauna native to the region. The crystal-clear waters of Broken Bow Lake provide a backdrop for plenty of water sports, and the thick forest of Beavers Bend State Park offers endless opportunities for exploration. While summer is a popular time to visit, spring gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the land as it wakes from its winter slumber, and autumn brings a stunning range of color as the leaves turn.
The state park of Beavers Bend offers a secluded park with trails, a fascinating Heritage Center Museum, seasonal festivals and courses in woodworking skills. There are five different hiking treks in the park for every level of ability, in total offering over twelve miles of carefully maintained trails. The nearby town of Beavers Bend gives visitors a place to stock up on supplies, restaurants with home-cooked meals and the Choctaw Casino, where they can try their luck at gaming.
Broken Bow Lake
Rent a boat or some jet skis to really take advantage of this pretty reservoir with its sparkling clean water. Tiny, thickly-wooded islands dot the expanse of deep water, perfect for enjoying a picnic between activities like water skiing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and seasonal deer or turkey hunting. All the popular outdoor sports are represented, from snorkeling the clear waters to hiking the surrounding trails. Avid fishermen regularly pull bass and trout from the water, while horseback riding, golfing and a few small museums are all nearby to tempt visitors away from the lake. There are various options for accommodation in the area, from renting a slip at the lake to dock a boat, camping in beautiful forest locations or renting one of the many Broken Bow cabins that are perfect for housing a large group comfortably.
Whether planning a romantic weekend getaway, a summertime vacation with the family or a solo wilderness trek through the woods, the Kiamichi region offers endless opportunities to enjoy the wealth of natural beauty and a range of outdoor activities to please every member of the family.