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Affordable Family Outings in McCurtain County, OK

photo courtesy McCurtainCountyGetaways.com
photo courtesy McCurtainCountyGetaways.com

Thank you to Melissa Drewitz, preschool teacher and local mom of two young boys ages 5 and 3, for sharing one of her favorite family activites for fall in the mountains of Broken Bow, OK (McCurtain County).

Family adventure getaways don’t get any better or any more affordable than they do in McCurtain County in Southeast Oklahoma. Beavers Bend State Park is FREE. LIFE Magazine named McCurtain County’s Beavers Bend as one of the “100 Places To See In Your Lifetime”  Southern Living Magazine named it as one of the top 3 places in the South to see fall colors

Located in the heart of the Kiamichi Mountains, McCurtain County in Southeast Oklahoma is the place to go if families want to experience nature at its majestic best.  Home to Broken Bow Lake, Pine Creek Lake, three rivers:  Mountain Fork, Eagle Fork and Glover, and Beavers Bend State Park, McCurtain County offers deep mountain lakes surrounded by National Forests and log cabins nestled in the towering pines and clear running rivers.


1.     Bald Eagle watching along the sheer cliffs of Mountain Fork River
2.     Pet a snake at the Beavers Bend Nature Center
3.     Scenic wildlife viewing drive in the Ouachita National Forest
4.     Family hiking along the David Boren Trail at Beavers Bend
5.     View the fabulous fall colors along the Mountain Fork River  

1.     View Indian Artifacts at the Indian Memorial Museum
2.     Visit Oklahoma’s oldest standing church, Wheelock Church
3.     See a dinosaur at the Museum of the Red River
4.     Tour the majestic Barnes-Stevenson House
5.     Tour Waterfall Creek Pecan Farm in Idabel  

Family Activities
1.     Watch a live radio show on Broadway street in Broken Bow
2.     Feed goats at Honey Bear Ranch
3.     Watch chainsaw sculpting at Hochatown Junction Station
4.     Make arts and crafts at Beavers Bends Nature Center
5.     Listen to campfire stories at Beavers Bends Nature Center

For more fun fall family activities, check the McCurtain County website for specific dates.

In McCurtain County, your family can see fantastic fall colors,  horseback ride, canoe, hike, bike, parasail, jet ski, and of course, fish Oklahoma’s best trout stream. In McCurtain County, there’s something for the entire family. Your vacation or weekend getaway can include almost any kind of lodging you prefer–from a rustic cottage or “fisherman’s retreat” to modern motels to elegantly appointed log cabins nestled in the towering pines, as well as unique bed & breakfasts and luxury resorts

There is a lot to learn and enjoy for the whole family in the outdoors. Broken Bow is one of those fabulous areas. McCurtain County is an easy 2 ½ to 4-hour drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, OK, Tyler, TX, Little Rock, AR and Shreveport. LA. To make reservations, visit the McCurtain County Tourism Authority website at www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com   or call 800-528-7337.

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