As fall rolls in, one of our favorite things to do is watch the leaves change as fall foliage settles in across the state. This fall, take a drive and explore some of the prettiest spots in Oklahoma during the season. We’ve picked out the 5 best places for fall foliage in Oklahoma.
1. Talimena National Scenic Byway
Where: 50 Miles; Winding Stair Mountain spanning from East Oklahoma to West Arkansas.
Why: Well known for it’s fall foliage, the Talimena National Scenic Byway takes visitors on a route through Ouchita National Forest, along the ancient mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma. You’ll see beautiful views around each curve on State Highway 1. You’ll get all of fall reds, oranges and yellows along this route and will feel the spirit of the fall season. Plus, you can make stops along the way, like Heavener Runestone Park for the Viking Carvings, or nearby Like Wister State Park. Be sure to check their website each week for the latest fall foliage updates.
2. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Where: 901 West 1st St Sulphur, OK 73086
Why: Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a beautiful destination for catching the fall foliage. Explore the park, hike, bike and take in the fall colors. You can visit nearby Lake of the Arbuckles to take in the changing leaves along the waters edge. It’s quiet, peaceful, and one of our favorite year round escapes in Oklahoma.
3. Roman Nose State Park
Where: Roman Nose Park, Watonga, OK 73772
Why: One of the original seven Oklahoma State Parks, Roman Nose State Park has gypsum rock cliffs as it’s backdrop, along with three natural springs. This park has rich Indian history and roots. Come for a visit to enjoy the fall foliage, and stay for an interpretative horseback ride, or rent a teepee for the night. This park is a true Oklahoma gem.
4. Osage Hills State Park
Where: 2131 Osage Hill Park Road, Pawhuska, OK 74056
Why: Head to Northeast Oklahoma and take in the fall foliage at Osage Hills State Park. This beautiful park covers 1,100 and it all bursts into vivid shades of orange, yellow and red in October and November. Take a hike, catch a glimpse wild turkey and white-tailed deer as you explore the rocky terrain. This park has some of the best fall foliage in Oklahoma.
5. The Kiamichi Trace
Where: U.S. Highway 271
Why: Enjoy the scenic stretch of U.S. Highway 271 through Chocktaw country. The Kiamichi Trace follows the Kiamichi Trail, and will take you through three different counties. You’ll see dense pine forests, winding rivers, and wild mountains. During the fall, the landscape comes alive in oranges, yellows and reds. It is a great getaway year round with hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing.