Are you looking for a quiet vacation getaway? Then come to Poteau, home of the World's Highest Hill! Poteau has over 300 motel rooms and 30 restaurants. If you like being outdoors, try one of our local cabins, RV parks or campgrounds. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, you can spend the day fishing the streams and lakes, hiking or bring horses and go riding on nearby equestrian trails in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains. Play golf at one of two golf courses and enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you just want to relax and shop, visit some of our Main Street shops on Dewey Avenue. As well as reasonable prices, you can dine in and eat hearty at our local restaurants or dine in at one of the chain eateries.
During the day, you can also visit some our nearby local attractions. The Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma's only archaeological center, is a 150-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds which contain evidence of an Indian Culture that occupied the site from 850 AD to 1450 AD. You can view more information regarding Spiro Mounds at http://www.okhistory.org/outreach/museums/spiromounds.html.
At the Heavener Runestone State Park, there's evidence that Viking explorers visited this area. The Runestone was first discovered in the 1830s and sits on 50 acres. Another great place to visit is the Peter Conser House. Peter Conser was captain of the Choctaz Lighthorsemen. The house was built in 1894 and still stands today! For more information, visit: http://www.okhistory.org/outreach/homes/peterconser.html.
Further south of us, you can drive the Talimena Scenic Drive -- a national scenic byway. The Talimena Drive is a gorgeous 54-mile route, which spans between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Visit www.talimenascenicdrive.com for more information.
If you want to fly in for the day, Poteau's Robert S. Kerr Airport has a 4,000-foot runway, fuel service, and provides a courtesy car.
The Kerr Conference Center and Museum is a great place to visit, with its spectacular view and historical exhibits of this area. You will find Indian artifacts, materials dealing with the Runestone, and articles used by Oklahoma and Western pioneers in the Indian Territory and early days of statehood. View more information regarding the Kerr Mansion at www.kerrconferencecenter.com.
Don't leave Poteau without driving to the top of Cavanal, "The World's Highest Hill," where you will be able to see a breathtaking view of Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. You can enjoy a picnic under our recently constructed pavillion. Visit the Chamber website at www.poteauchamber.com to view a live feed off of Cavanal Hill now!
Poteau, an Oklahoma Main Street Community has activities for every season. The Bluegrass Music Festival is the first weekend in May, our annual 4th of July Celebration, the PRCA Rodeo in August and the Poteau Balloonfest in October. The Cowboy Trade Days is November 3rd & 4th, 2012. Call (479) 639-0026 for details or go to www.rfcpo.org. The annual Christmas Parade is the first Saturday evening in December, which also kicks off our "Lights on the Island" at Lake Wister State Park. The light display continues until Christmas Eve. Check with the Poteau Chamber of Commerce for other events so that you don't miss out!
Talihina is known as Oklahoma’s “Village Between the Mountains.” It lies between the Winding Stair and the Kiamichi Mountains; however, the town may be best known as the gateway to the Ouachita National Forest and to the Talimena Scenic Drive, Oklahoma’s only National Byway. The Talimena Scenic Drive offers 54 miles of breathtaking scenery along the crest of the Winding Stair and Rich Mountains.
Hiking Trails are in abundance in the area. The Ouachita Trail begins at the Talimena State Park (the park offers RV Sites and tent camping) and ends near Perryville, AR, making it a great trail to travel over an extended period of time. Primitive camping is allowed in the forest. Billy Creek Park and Winding Stair Campgrounds have campsites with a restroom at each. Cedar Lake has camping, RV sites and bathhouses. Cedar Lake also offers an Equestrian Camp. A to Z Guest Ranch, Horse Heaven Ranch, Wild Horse Trail Camp & J-D Trail Riding Camp are also great places for those who love to ride horses. If outdoor sleeping is not your style there are motels and cabins in the area. Talihina offers a variety of restaurants that serve great food at a reasonable price.
The Choctaw Nation Museum and Capitol Building, located just south of Talihina, is a great place to spend time visiting the past, viewing a buffalo herd, wild horses and longhorn cattle.
Near Talihina is home to two great fishing holes, Clayton Lake and Sardis Lake. These lakes offer picnic and camping areas, cabins (at Clayton Lake) RV Hookups, swimming and playgrounds Nearby Honobia is home of the Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference that is held the first Friday and Saturday of October. There is also great hunting and fishing in the Kiamichi Mountains surrounding Honobia.
The Talihina area offers a great place to ride motorcycles, view hang gliding, go hunting, and fishing, take nature pictures, and view a large array of birds and butterflies.
The Talimena Scenic Drive and the surrounding forests offer the best fall foliage viewing in the area. The area is also beautiful in all the other seasons. In the spring the trees put on their different hues of green and many of the trees also have lovely blossoms. The various assortment of wildflowers found in the area blanket the ground with color.
If you want to experience the beauty and serenity of nature TALIHINA is your destination.