The Kiamichi Trace
Hugo, OK 74743
Phone: 580-317-9388 580-326-1487
Toll Free: 800-722-8180
Reaching from the banks of the Red River on Oklahoma's southern border, then stretching northeast to Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Kiamichi Trace is a breathtaking, scenic section of U.S. Highway 271 that was once a military trail connecting Fort Smith and Fort Towson. The Kiamichi Trace's picturesque beauty meanders through Oklahoma's southeast region, known as Kiamichi Country, and serves as a gateway to the Talimena National Scenic Byway and Beavers Bend State Park.
From the beginning, the spectacular mountains, rivers and pine forests of southeastern Oklahoma have drawn people to this scenic area and continue to do so today. Now, in this modern age of rapid transit, this vast wilderness receives more than 2.6 million visitors a year traveling the same ancient route that people have used for centuries. The Kiamichi Trace, made up of the Kiamichi River and the footpath along its banks, is the ancient route that indigenous people canoed and traversed between the Arkansas River and the Red River each year. Roughly paralleling present-day U.S. Highway 271, the route meanders by many of the finest natural wonders in southeast Oklahoma. From fishing and hiking, to biking and sightseeing, the Kiamichi Trace is the perfect getaway.
The Kiamichi Trace, located in southeast Oklahoma, runs along Hwy 271 from the Red River at Oklahoma's southern border northeast through Choctaw, Pushmataha and Leflore Counties to the Arkansas line.
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