If it’s outdoor recreation you’re after, head to Hodgen in southeast Oklahoma. This small community in Le Flore County is home to the gorgeous Ouachita National Forest, which offers a wealth of camping, hiking, horseback riding and more. Lace up your hiking hoots and hit the trails at the renowned Ouachita National Recreation Trail System offering nearly 50 miles of trails for a variety of skill levels. The Beech Creek National Scenic & Botanical Area Trail System also offers 32 miles of hiking opportunities on 7,500 acres.
Other top attractions in Hodgen include the Winding Stair Recreation Area, Cedar Lake, Cedar Lake National Recreation Area and Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp.
If you really want to reconnect with nature, there’s no better way than tent camping. We’ve rounded up a sampler of 11 unique campgrounds in some of Oklahoma’s most popular outdoor recreation areas to inspire your next camping trip. Whether you’re looking for something cozy and secluded or prefer wide open spaces under a starry sky, pack up your tent, grab your compass and navigate your way to an amazing Oklahoma camping adventure.
From guided trail rides in a state park to riding the fences at a guest ranch, Oklahoma offers plenty of opportunities for you to experience horseback riding fun with your family. If you have your own horses, the state's equestrian campgrounds beckon you to explore our outdoor treasures.
If you're looking for a hiking experience that requires more than a casual commitment on your part, try these three expert-level paths.
Discover Le Flore County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.