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Kicking off at Choctaw Nation’s Annual Labor Day Festival, get ready to picture yourself in Choctaw Country and win admission and more to the annual Poteau Balloon Festival, Oct 16th & 17th!
Winning is simple. Find all 6 of our Photo Ops, strike your best pose and upload your pics to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #PicChoctawCountry by September 21st. Be sure to follow us on social to see if your picture gets shared for our Pic of the Day! The Top Ten Pics will be chosen and posted to Visit Choctaw Country’s Facebook page and then the choice is up to you! Of the Top Ten Pics, the one with the most likes by September 28th will be our Best Photo Winner. See what sites and events we are featuring below and plan your trip to Choctaw Country now!
1. Beavers Bend
Known as “The Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma”, Beavers Bend State Park holds the key to outdoor adventure. Whether you are looking for a relaxing girls' getaway, some outdoor family fun or a little bit of learning, Beavers Bend has you covered. Book your stay at one of the many cabins--ranging from rustic to luxury, explore nearby museums and be sure to check out some of the local favorites like Girls Gone Wine and Grateful Head Pizza Oven. You won't want to miss the Beavers Bend Experience!
2. Robbers Cave
Robbers Cave State Park is a true escape back to nature! Hidden in the Sans Bois Mountains near McAlester, OKLA favorite destination for rappelling enthusiasts, cave explorers, equestrians and outdoor lovers. Robbers Cave State Park enjoys the notoriety as one of the legendary hideouts for Jesse James and Belle Starr. The 8,246 acre park includes, 20 miles of hiking trails, more than 70 miles of equestrian trails and riding stables, a nature center, an amphitheater, mini golf, paddle boat and canoe rentals. Robbers Cave State Park offers activities throughout the year, including; hayrides, cave tours, canoe tours, guided hikes, cane pole fishing and much more!
3. Gone Fishin'
With more than 20 lakes, Choctaw Country is the perfect fishing spot! Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and head out to one of our State Parks or most popular lakes. Enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere while you bait your hook and hope for a bite. Looking for a more peaceful escape into nature? Check out one of our small secluded lakes and listen to the gentle movement of the water while you wait for the catch of the day.
4. Talimena Scenic Drive
The Talimena National Scenic Byway, spans the countryside with over 50 miles of winding roads from East Oklahoma to West Arkansas. The Byway begs travelers to stop and enjoy the view as it climbs and falls along the crests of Winding Stair and Rich Mountains, through the Ouachita Forest. Ranked #1 Scenic Byway for Oklahoma and Arkansas, this destination is a must for travelers, hikers, campers, bikers and sightseers alike. The breathtaking views of the Talimena Scenic Drive are not something to be missed. Explore the golden valleys of a majestic byway and discover historic towns along the way.
5. Poteau Balloon Fest
Every October, Poteau is filled with excitement and bright colors at the annual Poteau Balloon Festival. Like no other festival in Choctaw Country, you won't want to miss it! Come early or late and see the majestic balloons light up the sky. Be adventurous and get in line for tethered balloon rides or get ready to take off in a helicopter. Enjoy all of these activities AND a mud pit race, carriage rides, arts and craft booths, carnival rides, kids shows, and so much more!
Whether you are seeking outdoor adventures, an exciting look into the past or peaceful scenery, Choctaw Country in Southeast Oklahoma is waiting for you! Come escape and surround yourself with our natural beauty. Explore the variety of attractions we have to offer—casinos, wineries, history, state parks, scenic drives and so much more! Make your plans to visit Choctaw Country now