Campfires are crackling in Broken Bow and Beavers Bend State Park’s leaves are showing off. It’s finally fall in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Packed with family-friendly fun, luxury experiences, and that famous foliage, there’s no better place to shake up family time this time of year.
Thanks to the area’s lush natural beauty and one-of-a-kind adventures, this hidden gem is a favorite for nature lovers and first-class travelers alike. Yes, even in Oklahoma.
More than 3,000 Texas-sized cabins call the county home, ranging from cozy cottages to giant group cabins. But impressive architecture isn’t their only claim to fame. The luxury cabins come standard with a wide variety of amenities—from bubbling hot tubs and buzzing game rooms to wrap-around porches and flatscreen TVs for the big game. And of course, no trip to McCurtain County is complete without spooky stories and crispy s’mores around the cabin’s campfire pit.
Roadtrippers on the hunt for fall foliage won’t have to look far. Just a short road trip from the Texas-Oklahoma border, the famous Talimena National Scenic Byway winds through the Ouachita Mountains, ablaze in oranges, reds, and yellows.
Beavers Bend State Park offers a variety of ways to soak in that crisp autumn air too. Topping the list of must-dos are miles of scenic hiking trails, world-class trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River, and a kid-approved train through the jewel-toned forest. For the more daring bunch, ziplining over Broken Bow Lake and ATV rides through the woods give family bonding a new meaning.
For together time unlike anywhere else, take a cruise down Highway 259 to Hochatown. Kids love digging for gems at Beavers Bend Mining Co. and meeting furry locals at Hochatown Petting Zoo. Keep an eye out for Sasquatch while zooming around Bigfoot Speedway or satisfy the competitive crew with bowling and arcade games at Gutter Chaos. There’s even a 29,000 square-foot maze for next-level hide and seek.
When your cabin’s king-sized kitchen needs a break, there are plenty of local bites to try. Dig into everything from prime steaks and gourmet pizza to crunchy corn dogs and mom-and-pop ice cream shops. For those bucket list eats, Idabel is home to some of Oklahoma’s most famous meals, including The Red B’s chicken fried steak (voted best in the state) and Phat Tabb’s award-winning barbecue. Plenty of local breweries and wineries are the perfect way for adults to warm up on those chilly autumn evenings.
Frame-worthy family fun is just a road trip away. So grab a light jacket and get here already.