Whether you are seeking outdoor adventures, an exciting look into Indian or western heritage or peaceful scenery, Choctaw Country in Southeast Oklahoma is waiting for you. With sparkling lakes, wilderness areas, majestic mountains, and charming countryside towns, visit this ideal location for weekend getaways and summer vacations.
With towns like Durant, known as the “Magnolia Capital of Oklahoma,” enjoy everything from downtown shopping to the lively Choctaw Casino. If it’s outdoor recreation you’re after, head to Hodgen, which is home to the spectacular Ouachita National Forest offering hiking, horseback riding and plenty to do. Robbers Cave State Park is a local favorite with equestrians, hikers, and rappelers. Wine lovers can tour the Whispering Meadows Vineyard & Winery for a perfect day out in Choctaw.
Oklahoma’s “Little Smokies,” can be enjoyed at Beavers Bend State Park. Tee off for a game of golf or spend some time in the nature center. The blue waters of Broken Bow Lake provide a great backdrop for all types of water recreation including scuba diving.
Ouachita National Forest
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Home to free-flowing cold springs, winding streams, lakes, and plenty of wildlife, come discover Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Wander back in time and explore the land as early American Indians did, as you relax on the grass or take in some outdoor adventures. With swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, and observing nature as your daily activities, expect to spend the day discovering this National Park.
Get on your best pair of boots and get down to the Bryan County Fairgrounds in Durant, OK, as they host the Region 8 All Indian Rodeo every October. Come spend the day watching the best wranglers bull ride, rope, and compete for cash prizes in this family-friendly event. February brings the McAlester Pro Rodeo at Southeast Expo Center where some of the best professional rodeo performers assemble for stiff competition during a two-day event.
Spend your days enjoying the thrill and beauty of Choctaw Country. Nestled in the Sans Bois Mountains foothills, Robbers Cave State Park is known for its hilly woodlands, hiking and equestrian trails, and aquatic fun on the lake, creating a diverse, recreational atmosphere. Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow is another favorite for outdoor recreation, as they offer an 18-hole golf course, hiking, biking, tennis, fishing, water skiing, and bumper boats, just to name a few.