Oklahoma Off The Beaten Path

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Oklahoma Off The Beaten Path

  • OKC-Dallas Daytrip via I35

    Dallas, TX is only 3hrs south of OKC on I35 and it is a lovely scenic ride via car or motorcycle. (I love taking our Alfa out with the top down in the spring/fall!) Traffic is usually light once you leave the metro area and the highway is well serviced through rural country. Along the way is access to many small towns, the Arbuckle Mountains,...

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  • Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

    Tallgrass prairie once covered thousands of miles of the American midwest; today, only a few small stands remain. Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is one of them. Located just outside Pawhuska in Osage County, the preserve is about a 2 hour drive from Tulsa.At first glance, the sea of brown grass is monotonous and disappointing, but this area rewards...

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  • Santa Fe Trail

    Parts of the Santa Fe Trail went through western Oklahoma, and Fort Nichols used to be an important trail stop for the pioneers that went on to New Mexico from there. Now it just has some historical markers, but still interesting to look at what sort of territory people had to go over in wagons.

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  • Route 66

    I'm putting this in the "Off the Beaten Path" section because we just don't get off the interstate much anymore and when travelling Route 66, you begin to realize just how much of a shame that is. Route 66 runs through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, & Illinois. It's not shown on most current maps so you need to...

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  • Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow Lake

    This state park in the Ouachita Mountains of southeast Oklahoma is a great place to relax and enjoy some fishing. There are also numerous hiking/backpacking trails in the area for weekend outings. I used to use this area as a training ground to prepare for backpacking trips in the Rockies. The mountains arent very tall, but they can be steep and...

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  • Turner Falls

    Turner Falls is a private recreation park near Davis, Oklahoma (about a 3 hour drive north of DFW). This is a great place to come with the family for swimming and camping. There are main swim areas at the base of the falls and also near the entrance. If you go to the top of the falls to the camping area, however you can walk up and down the river...

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  • Old Ranch

    While driving through Oklahoma, I saw this place off the highway. So being the curious person that I am, I exited and decided to check it out. The street sign by the gravel road you see here read "Lazy-J Dr." The place appeared to be abandoned, but it seemed like it had been very well kept up until recently. There were also no other vehicles in the...

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  • Caves

    This is a picture of me climbing to get up into a cave on the mountain. There are many places at Turner Falls to climb up to caves and see the beauty of the nature around you.

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  • map by counties

    This is not the greatest travel map but it shows all of the counties in Oklahoma. .

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  • Fort Washita, Nida (Durant)

    Fort Washita (listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks) was reputedly built on land designated by future president Zachary Taylor in 1842. To honor commitments to the tribes living there (i.e. to protect the Choctaws and Chickasaws from the raiding Comanches), the post was garrisoned mainly with cavalry and dragoons. Only lately to...

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  • Grand Lake

    When most people think of Oklahoma,, they think,,,,,,"what the hell is there to do in Oklahoma??" well in the winter my answer is "NOT MUCH" however,, the summer provides tons of stuff to do...My particular favorate,,,,,GRand Lake!!!!

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  • Climate mystery

    Throughout the year in Oklahoma, you can experience the power of nature. Not only tornado, but you can also witness unique play of nature. Occationaly, you can find yourself in icy winter day where trees and telephone poles are all covered with ice.

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  • Robber's Cave State Park

    Robber's Cave State Park is located between McAlester and the start of the Talimena Drive. It is a very beautiful area that is focused around an old cave that was used in the mid-to-late 1800's by local outlaws such as Jessie James and the Younger Brothers. Because this was Indian Territory before it became a state, outlaws would high-tail it over...

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  • The Kiamichi Mountains of...

    The Kiamichi Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma contain the highest peaks between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Patrick, Nick, and I camped and hiked them in 1999 during a brutal heat wave. Click here for Kiamachi Mountains Travelogueview from the Kiamichi Mountains

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  • Spiro Mounds State ParkSpiro...

    Spiro Mounds State ParkSpiro Mounds is a National Historic Landmark and is located near Spiro in the far eastern part of Oklahoma about half an hour or so south of I-40. I visited the park once in the early 90's and cannot guarantee that it is still open to the public. If I remember correctly, hours were limited at that time, and it took several...

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  • Roman Nose State Resort...

    Roman Nose State Resort ParkRoman Nose is a nice park but has little hiking. The scenery is somewhat similar to that in the northwestern part of the state. Like other resort parks, it has a nice hotel and restaurant, but I never stayed or ate at either. There is a small lake with paddleboats if I remember correctly. No one should make an effort to...

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  • Kaw Lake Kaw Lake near Ponca...

    Kaw Lake Kaw Lake near Ponca City is a big lake with a great deal of water activity during the summer. In the winter, bald eagles live along its shores. I visited twice looking for eagles and parked at parking lots maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. There was a nice little trail from the parking lot to the lake and along the lake for...

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  • Turner Falls ParkTurner...

    Turner Falls ParkTurner Falls is a nice waterfall near Davis, Oklahoma. The park is about an hour or so south of Oklahoma on I-35. The park is run as a public swimming pool concession. Parking is a few dollars, and people swim in the pool under the falls. There may be a few trails leading towards the top of the falls, but the place didn't appear to...

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  • Chickasaw National Recreation...

    Chickasaw National Recreation AreaChickasaw is a little park near Sulphur, Oklahoma about an hour or so south of Oklahoma City. The park had a few miles of trails, and the trails were pretty nice. The park had views of the surrounding area which was more like western Oklahoma than the eastern part of the state. The park also has a small herd of...

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  • In my hometowm Spiro is an...

    In my hometowm Spiro is an intresting attraction that often goes unnoticed.'The mounds at Spiro, Oklahoma, are among the mostimportant archaeological remains in the United States.' ~D.C. Waldorf Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma’s only archaeological park, is a 140-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds which contain evidence of an Indian culture that...

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  • GO FLOATING!--Floating down...

    GO FLOATING!--Floating down the Illinois River is a great way to spend a warm Saturday or Sunday. You wake up early, get your raft (or canoe but I prefer rafts, canoe's tip too easily when you have been drinking) with cooler full of beer in tow, and you just FLOAT and drink, of course. You can pull off the side of the river to stop and swim or jump...

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  • A DRILLERS GAME--Tulsa's very...

    A DRILLERS GAME--Tulsa's very own baseball team, their stadium is located at 15th and Yale. I have been to one game and it started pouring rain--what fun. But at least I show my support by wearing a Drillers Jersey--which was purchased at goodwill for like $3...this picture is from my senior year of college when 3 of my friends decided it would be...

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  • Riverside Pathways along the...

    Riverside Pathways along the Arkansas River--a great place to take a run, jog or stroll. The paved pathway is also popular among cyclists as well. There are great places to have picnics and there is this great little cafe that is only open in the summer. It is a wonderful pitstop to enjoy a gatorade or grab a little bite while enjoying some live...

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  • BUT ONCE ON TOP OF THE MESA,...

    BUT ONCE ON TOP OF THE MESA, THE HIKE TO THE HIGH POINT MARKER IS A FAIRLY FLAT ONE MILE.

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  • I'M STILL WAITING FOR...

    I'M STILL WAITING FOR GAS...ONE OF THE CHURCH PEOPLE CALLED THE PROPRIETOR FOR ME, SO IT CAN'T BE MUCH LONGER...

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  • I ENTERED OKLAHOMA ON A...

    I ENTERED OKLAHOMA ON A DESERTED SECONDARY ROAD FROM KANSAS, AND REALIZED THAT I WAS RUNNING OUT OF GAS WITH NO PROSPECTS OF SEEING A GAS STATION SOON. NEVERTHELESS, I DID MAKE IT TO THE SMALL TOWN OF KENTON, WHERE THERE WAS A GAS STATION. THE THING IS, IT WAS ABOUT 9:30 IN THE MORNING, AND THE STATION DIDN'T OPEN UNTIL NOON. SO I WAITED. IT BEING...

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  • THE HIGH POINT IS CALLED BLACK...

    THE HIGH POINT IS CALLED BLACK MESA...ELEVATION IS 4973 FEET...THE HIKE IS ABOUT THREE MILES AND TAKES ABOUT THREE HOURS.

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  • On I-35 in the Arbuckle...

    On I-35 in the Arbuckle mountains the road has been cut through the mountains. As you drive along side of the cut sections of hills You can see the layers of stone from the different ages. At the scenic turnout there is a marker and a sign to explain about that. There is a nice view from there and it adds a bit of interest to the drive after...

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  • The state of Oklahoma has...

    The state of Oklahoma has wildflowers growing along the major highways. In some places they were planted by the highway department. These blue signs with a flower on them show where there are flowers. This is an excellent idea. The flowers beautify the state for tourists. The state saves money on the gas and labor of mowing grass near highways...

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  • Woolaroc, a museum and zoo...

    Woolaroc, a museum and zoo once owned by Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips 66 Corp. It has early American artifacts from nearby to Peru, some shrunken heads, many, many Indian and Western artifacts and curiosities. About 10 miles southwest of Bartlesville on State Hwy 123.

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  • the cowboy hall of fame and...

    the cowboy hall of fame and museum. it's outside of the city but i don't really know where. i think it's better if you're interested in horses or know anything about rodeo, but it's very educational with lots of stuff to see including the burial sites of several famous rodeo horses (sick!)

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