Nestled in south-central Oklahoma, Chickasaw Country awaits with its endless outdoor destinations perfect for diving into your next journey. More than 7,500 square miles of crystal-clear lakes, awe-inspiring vistas and untouched woodlands offer endless opportunities for enjoying a true Oklahoma outdoor getaway.
Stretch your legs and go for a hike along shaded paths and beautiful woodlands at the historic Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Originally an oasis for weary travelers who visited for the health benefits of the area’s sulphur springs, this is has been a destination for individuals seeking adventure and relaxation for more than 100 years. Visit a regal herd of American bison that have grazed this land for centuries. Dip your toes into crystal clear streams and beat the heat at Little Niagara Falls. This outdoor refuge displays one of the most significant presentations of the American Cross Timbers, featuring natural wonders like Rock Creek and Bromide Hill. Stay overnight at the celebrated Artesian Hotel, featuring modern amenities and unmatched sophistication, just steps from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in the heart of downtown Sulphur.
Experience a rush of adrenaline with an off-road adventure at Outdoor Powersports Offroad Park at Crossbar near Davis. Boasting more than 6,500 acres dedicated to ATV, dirt bike and mountain bike riding, all you need to bring is your spirit of adventure.
If towering heights are more your thrill, then Turner Falls Park is a must-visit. In the foothills of the ancient Arbuckle Mountains lies Oklahoma’s tallest waterfall, towering 77 feet above its crystal-clear collection pool. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail for an exciting loop leading you through caves, castle ruins and a perfect perspective of the falls. After a long walk through geologic wonders and untouched forests, cool off in one of the park’s natural or artificial swimming holes before retreating to your cabin or campsite for the night.
Just south of Ardmore lies Oklahoma’s oldest – and largest – state park, offering more than 12,500 acres of rolling forest and exciting landscape framing the pristine waters of Lake Murray. Hop in the saddle and enjoy a horseback gallop along miles of trails at Lake Murray Riding Stables. Hit the water with a kayak, WaveRunner or Big Kahuna pontoon boat rental from Lake Murray Watersports, or enjoy epic vistas of the lake when you climb to the top of historic Tucker Tower. When the day is done and you’ve had your fun, kick your feet up and relax at the newly restored Lake Murray Lodge or a one-of-a-kind floating cabin, with views of the lake that are literally right outside your back door.
You won’t find any shortage of championship-caliber fishing in Chickasaw Country, with dozens of lakes, rivers and streams perfect the anglers in your family. Cast a line for trophy bass in Lake Murray, trout along the Blue River and world-famous striper in Lake Texoma. For the adventure-seekers, you might even “try your hand” at noodling for monster blue or flathead catfish.
Located on the Texas and Oklahoma border, the aptly named Lake Texoma offers some of the most extensive opportunities for outdoor excitement and fun. With more than 89,000 surface acres of water, Oklahoma’s second largest lake is one of Chickasaw Country’s most popular sites for skiing, fishing or just cruising the vast expanses of water. Hire a guide to help you find the top spots to fish for striper, catfish, bass and even giant alligator gar. If golf is your game, take in spectacular panoramas as you tee one up high above the lake at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club. At the end of a long day of pure exhilaration, nestle down in the friendly confines of a rustic country cabin, hidden away from the rest of the world.
With so much space for fun, your options for outdoor adventures in Chickasaw Country are limitless. Visit ChickasawCountry.com to browse our itineraries and start planning your next getaway today.