There’s something to be said about losing yourself in a view, in looking out ahead of you and being able to point to where the ground exactly meets the sky. Clouds above and earth below. Find your bliss, here in the wide open spaces of Oklahoma.
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. - Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”
It’s often as if someone has taken a giant paintbrush, staining the skies burnt red and orange in the morning and deep blue and violet at night. Time stands still when the dark curtain falls, silence fills the air and stars are everywhere.
There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.- Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”
Dip your fingertips into the crystal waters of the Blue River.
Gaze out onto the seemingly endless expanse of Lake Murray.
Hear the rush of a waterfall in the Arbuckle Mountains.
Catch a record-breaking striper at Lake Texoma.
Explore the natural habitat of the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, watching native species wander from afar.
The destinations are laid out before you, ready and waiting to be uncovered. Get lost.
Beautiful Lake Murray is known for the clarity and color of its waters and its seemingly endless list of recreational opportunities. Framed by the thick forest of Murray State Park, this 100-foot-deep, spring-fed lake also houses a wide variety of birds, including the rare wintering bald eagle. Lake Murray is a popular destination for a variety of activities, including camping, swimming, hiking, golf, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, boating, sailing, riding ATVs and more.
Lake Texoma State Park is home to one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. Famous for its striped bass, Texoma has been dubbed the Striper Capital of the World. Kingston, Oklahoma, even celebrates the popularity of striper fishing with the Kingston Striper Festival held each June.
Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge provides a natural, unencumbered habitat for a variety of native Oklahoma species and is a fun place to tour, whether you’re interested in viewing wildlife, fishing or just enjoying a bit of peace and quiet. The refuge also acts as a bird sanctuary, housing almost 300 different species of birds. Home to Lake Texoma, the Washita River, a shooting range and camping areas, this 13,286-square-mile expanse offers relaxation, restoration and plenty of activities for the energetic.
The Blue River winds its way throughout the southern region of Oklahoma, inviting guests to enjoy leisurely activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting. It is one of the bodies of water in the state in which trout can be found in the winter, and fly fishing for smallmouth bass is another popular pastime.
Journey through Oklahoma's oldest national park, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, which has served as a haven for outdoors enthusiasts since 1902. Water in all forms, from springs and streams to lakes and more, is the area's main attraction.
A trip to the Arbuckle Mountains isn't complete without booking an afternoon at the Arbuckle Trail Rides, a rustic, guided experience that will take you for a relaxing ride through mountainous scenery and lush green landscapes.
You haven’t experienced true natural beauty until you've visited the Arbuckle Mountains in Chickasaw Country. The ecological diversity of the range moves from forest to prairie to grassland with an abundance of natural springs. Bring your hiking boots or camping gear for an exciting adventure any time of the year!
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