20 Park Acres * 22 Campsites * Playground
Talihina, Oklahoma's "village between the mountains" lies in the valley
between the Winding Stair Mountains and the Kiamichi Mountains. Talihina is
known as the gateway to the Talimena Scenic Byway and the Ouachita National
Forest. With its close proximity to
Cedar Lake and numerous rivers
streams, it is a water enthusiast's delight. The
Choctaw Nation Museum located in Tuskahoma Oklahoma, Cedar Lake
Equestrian Camp, camping, hunting, hiking and fishing are but a few of the activities
Visitor information stations are at each end of the scenic byway -- Mena in Arkansas, and near Talihina, OK. They are open daily from April through November. Brochures, maps and interpretive information are available to open gates of learning and enhance your enjoyment of the forest environment.
Other places to camp are the following:
Billy Creek (camping, picnicing, hiking and fishing)
Cedar Lake (camping, picnicing, hiking, fishing, swimming and
Horsethief Springs (picnicing and
Pipe Springs (picnicing)
Winding Stair (camping, picnicing and hiking)
There are over 700 miles of trails, two scenic byways and numerous campgrounds and picnic areas. Natural
scenery and solitude are found in the six wilderness areas. Because mechanized and motorized equipment are
not allowed in wilderness, these areas provide an opportunity to "get away from it all". Numerous rivers and
streams provide for excellent fishing. These are only a few of the hiking opportunities in the area. The easiest
hiking trail is
Kerr Arboretum Trail Network
Most of the developed recreation areas are open from April through September. However, selected areas remain open year-round to accommodate fall and winter visitors. Contact the Choctaw Ranger District office before each season for specific information on opening dates.
For More Information about the USDA Forest Service in Oklahoma, contact:
USDA Forest Service
Choctaw Ranger District
HC-64, Box 3467
Heavener, OK 74937
USDA Forest Service
Kiamichi Ranger District
Talihina, OK 74571
Reserve Group Camping or Picnicking
You can reserve group camping or picnicking areas for a $5 nonrefundable registration fee payable to the local
district ranger's office. Other areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cedar Lake Recreation
Area picnic shelters and group camping areas can be reserved for $20 per day by calling the Choctaw Ranger
District, (918) 653-2991. Several camping areas, equipped with electric hookups, may be reserved at
Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp or the Cedar Lake Recreation Area by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Map of Ouchita National Forest
Kerr Nature Center & Arboretum
Get off the road and into the forest at the
Kerr Nature Center & Arboretum, two miles east of the junction of
US-259 and SH-1. The center has been created in a natural bontanical area in a valley between the Winding Stair Mountain and Rich Mountain. There are three interpretive hiking trails including a tree identification trail that
explains such things as why the vistas have a blue cast (shortleaf pine has a bluish tinge) and which trees were
used by the Native Americans to make rope (basswood).
Talihina & Talimena Scenic Drive
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Federal Highway
Acting Administrator J. Richard Capka announced the designation of Talimena
Scenic Drive as an American Byway in an official ceremony held in Washington,
D.C. on Thursday, September 22, 2005. A total of 8 All-American Roads and 37
National Scenic Byway designations were announced, bringing the total number in
the America’s Byway collection to 125.
The Talimena Scenic Drive is probably best
known for its Autumn colors, but Springtime brings a re-emergence of color and
From dogwoods to redbuds our mountain top
drive offers the visitor a sneak peak into the Talimena Scenic Drive's most
wondrous and underrated season.
The heart of the Ouachita National Forest, Talimena Scenic Byway winds
its way for 54 miles along the crest
of the Winding Stair and Rich Mountains offering
breathtaking scenery, mountaintop lodging at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park, hiking,
equestrian and RV trails. Tent camping is available at Emerald Vista
any where in the forest.
| Almost 200 miles of trails are designed for hikers, equestrians and mountain bicyclists.
Talihina is Horse & Rider Paradise. With the versatility of the Equestrian
Camps in our area there is something that
every horse rider will love
Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp is located in the Heart of the Ouachita
National Forest. The camp includes: 24
campsites with electric & water five
or accessible. 30 campsites with centrally located water, 75 primitive camp
sites, heated restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, picnic shelters,
horse racks, picnic tables, fire rings and
cook grills. For more information or
Horse Heaven Ranch is located 7 miles East of Talihina on HWY 63, on
the edge of the Ouachita National
Forest. This riding ranch boasts striking
scenery and quick access to miles upon miles of wilderness trails and
roads. Here, pine trees scrape azure skies, balmy breezes stir crisp air, and
clear streams cut across rolling hills alive with adventure. This spectacular
area beckons you to explore its beauty.
If your idea of paradise is riding peacefully amidst fragrant pines and clear
steams on hundreds of miles of trails in
the pristine forests of Southeastern
Oklahoma, training in a first-class arena, then relaxing in a fully-appointed
cabin or luxurious RV site while your horse rests safely in an adjacent
barn master barn or turnout pen, you’ll love Horse
Heaven Ranch. And no
wonder. Horse Heaven Ranch is the one resort designed specifically for the
comfort and enjoyment of horses and their owners. Careful attention
has been given to every detail to ensure that
your visit here is all you’ve
dreamed of in a vacation. For more information or reservations,
Indian Mounds Camp is a trail rider’s dream. The camp is adjacent to
Weyerhaeuser Forest with marked &
maintained trails that clover-leaf back
to camp. You have your choice of trails from easy, moderate, or challenging
-long, short or in between. This is truly a campground for all
seasons with an array of wild flowers, rocky
outcroppings & forested
mountains. Amenities Nine Organized Rides, Horses for rent by the hour or
Camping & RV Sites W/hookups, Restroom & showers, Pavilion,
Tee-Pees, (Horse drawn Surrey is available
for special occasions).
For information or reservations. 918-569-4761, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A to Z Guest Ranch invites you to come and enjoy trail riding
on your favorite horse or theirs.
Located in the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains,
you will ride through tall pines, cross creeks, and travel old logging
(Oklahoma Department of Wildlife charges a minimal user fee to ride in the
Honobia Creek Wilderness).
You have the option to spend quiet time
enjoying the peace and beauty around you. Amenities include a new log
lodge, Pavilion, Tent & RV Camping, Cabins, Shower House, Original Stone
Ranch House, Corral and Inside
Stalls, Hiking & Equestrian Trails. For
Information or reservations
Clancy’s Country Store & Cabins
Linda Martin, Owner
P.O. Box 54, Honobia, OK 74549
580-244-3433, FAX 580-244-3855
Leon & Kitty Warren, Owners
P.O. Box 490, Talihina, OK 74571
Lazy K Inn
David & Paula King, Owners
RT. 1 Box 5055
Talihina, OK 74571
Trail Length:192 miles
Surface Type: Unsurfaced
Recommended Seasons: Spring, Fall, and Winter Access:
There are many developed and undeveloped
access points across the forest. These are identified on
the Ouachita National Recreation Trail map.
Water: Numerous water sources are shown on the trail
map. Water is scarce on many portions of the trail
during dry periods. Treat all water before drinking.
History: The Ouachita National Recreation Trail was
constructed in mid-1970s. It is the only trail that spans
the entire length of the forest west to east.
Trail Markings: Blue rectangles
Talimena Scenic Byway - Arkansas Scenic Byway
Here's the auto tour you've been waiting for, where a winding mountaintop drive opens a showcase of enchanting natural beauty and extraordinary views. Wide valleys and majestic peaks stretching to the horizon mirror the changing colors and moods of the South's four distinctive seasons.
Spanning the highest mountain range between the Appalachians and the Rockies, the 54-mile Talimena Scenic Byway opens a showcase of natural beauty during each of the south's four distinctive seasons. One breathtaking panorama follows another as this national forest scenic byway winds along the crests of forested mountains between Mena, AR, and Talihina, OK. Whether in search of quiet beauty or active participation, this mountaintop drive offers something special around every turn.
The Ouachita Mountains, one of America's oldest land masses, are unique because they stretch east and west, rather than north and south. Rock glaciers are indicative of the fascinating geological history of these mountains. More than 2,500 native plant species and a diversity of wildlife species may be found here.
Just north of the town of Mena, the scenic byway
The Ouachita Trail begins at Talimena State Park,
just off of US Highway 271 northeast of Talihina Oklahoma. The
trailhead for the Ouachita Trail is well marked and on the east side
of the park. Camping, showers and restrooms are available. Tent
camping $12 per night. Overnight parking while hiking is $5 per
night payable at the envelope drop at the trailhead.
(Prices have probably changed)
The trail leaves the trailhead
heading east following blue blazes, then curves to north and follows
the east side of a small ridge. At 0.7 miles is the junction with
Old Military Road Trail (white blaze). Going straight will put you
on the Boardstand-Old Military Loop. Instead, turn right and climb
the back of Winding Stair Mt, a thrust-faulted mountain formed from
Pennsylvanian-aged Jackfork Sandstone. Watch for the spring at 0.9
At 1.1 miles, the Indian Nation Trail
crosses the Ouachita Trail for the first time. It will cross 2 more
times by mile 1.4. At 2.4 miles is the spur trail to Potato Hills
Vista and easy access to Talimena Scenic Drive. While this can serve
as an alternate access for a short trip, there are no facilities.
The Frazier Creek campsite, a spacious, wooded one tent site (you
could force more) with abundant rock furniture and a big fire ring
is at 3.5 miles. Though water is often available, this campsite is
dry until the fall rains come. Cache water up the draw on Talimena
Hiker shuttles are available from D&W Store (also known as Big
Cedar Store, 918-651-3230), Big Cedar RV Park (918-651-3271) and
Talking Talking Trees Campground (918-653-2187). Be sure to call
ahead and make arrangement as neither is set up for drop in
Directions to Talimena State
Park: Take US Hwy. 271 seven miles
north east of Talihina OK. Turn right.
To Buy Map:
These maps are available at Backwoods in Tulsa ($5) and by emailing
Charlie@OuachitaMaps.com ($5 plus S&H).
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