Talimena National Scenic Byway

Talimena National Scenic Byway Hwy 1 & Hwy 271
Talihina, OK 74571

Phone: 918-567-3434
Fax: 918-567-3388
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The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage.   Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an official National Scenic Byway, the Talimena Drive was built specifically to highlight the area's beautiful foliage and spans one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.  Make your way to this winding road nestled in the heart of Oklahoma's Choctaw Country to view one stunning panorama after another as you travel along crests of forested peaks between ...

The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage.   Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an official National Scenic Byway, the Talimena Drive was built specifically to highlight the area's beautiful foliage and spans one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.  Make your way to this winding road nestled in the heart of Oklahoma's Choctaw Country to view one stunning panorama after another as you travel along crests of forested peaks between Talihina, Oklahoma and Mena, Arkansas. 

Join the thousands of visitors to the Talimena National Scenic Byway during the fall season and view amazing fall foliage stretching as far as the eye can see.  Awash in vibrant shades of red and gold, the forested slopes that surround the Talimena Drive have made this scenic byway an autumn hot spot and the crown jewel of the region.  Numerous viewpoints and scenic turnoffs along the Talimena National Scenic Byway provide visitors with spectacular views of the fall color change.  Stop at one of the 22 designated vistas along the route and take full advantage of the route's interpretive signage as you take in the beauty of the area's endless fall foliage. 

Although famous for its fall foliage and activities pitch-perfect for outdoor autumn adventures, the Talimena National Scenic Byway also offers a beautiful drive in spring.  Witness as the surrounding forest becomes alive with green after winter's slumber and see soft blue haze whirl around distant mountains.  Immerse yourself in nature's magnificent beauty as you stop along the drive at some of the area's most popular destinations including Talimena State Park, the Ouachita National Forest and the Cedar Lake Recreation Area.  Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding and more, which are available year round.

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Talimena National Scenic Byway begins 8 miles north of Talihina at the intersection of Hwy 271 and Hwy 1.

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From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/02/15

T T, of course! While the Talimena National Scenic Byway is very popular in the fall, it is a beautiful place to visit year round. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From T T Krishnan on 09/01/15

Even though late October is the best time to visit Talimena, is it ok to go over there during Labour Day weekend


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/05/15

Swetha, typically, foliage can be viewed at its peak from the last week of October through the first week of November. As soon as the colors begin to change, we'll give weekly updates at www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Swetha on 08/05/15

would like to know the best time to visit Talimena Drive for Fall colors this year?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/10/15

Lea, Talimena State Park is currently open. We hope you get the chance to visit soon! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Lea on 02/10/15

We would like to know when the camp ground will be opened back up


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/21/14

Saran, to see what accommodations are available, please click on 'Lodging within 15 miles' under the map feature on this page. From there, you'll be able to get more information about each property. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Saran on 11/21/14

is there a recommendation on place to stay? we are planning on a drive this weekend too


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/20/14

Pam, unfortunately the recent cold snap has left the fall foliage past peak viewing season along the Talimena National Scenic Byway. You'll still be able to see some leaves on the trees and small areas of color, it just won't be the patchwork of colors like it was earlier this month. Of course, the drive is still fun and there are great attractions and restaurants to visit along the way, so it will be a great trip! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From pam mcclain on 11/20/14

My husband and I are wanting to take the Talimena Scenic Byway this weekent, Nov. 22-23. Are the leaves still on the trees? Are there pretty colors still?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/11/14

NaKayla, the drive should be very pretty this weekend. You can check on fall color conditions by visiting www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From NaKayla on 11/11/14

We are going to take the drive this weekend. Will it still be a pretty drive?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/06/14

Susan, the Talimena National Scenic Byway is mainly a two lane road for the entire trip, so whichever way you begin or end is sure to be beautiful! You will come across the same vistas and panoramic spots either way. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Susan Cassil on 11/06/14

Is it prettier traveling West to East or East to West?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/30/14

PV, the colors this weekend should be starting to get very pretty. Of course, it's always hard to predict when peak viewing season will be, but you can check frequent updates by visiting www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From pv on 10/29/14

hi, how are the colors going to be on Talimena drive this weekend?


From Joyce Sanders on 10/22/14

We just returned home from a few days at Wister Lake State Park and a drive through the Talimena National Scenic Byway. The drive was beautiful. However, I do think if we had waited a week or so, the colors might have been more vibrant and even more beautiful. Our stay at Wister Lake State Park in the Victor Campgrounds was really nice. We had a great view of the lake.


From Brenda Fuller on 10/17/14

should I Drive several years ago I could not believe how beautiful it was!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/17/14

Donna, please check our fall foliage page at www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals for frequent updates on the color conditions. Oklahoma's peak fall foliage season typically begins in late October. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Donna Hathaway on 10/16/14

Please notify me when the leaves are turning. I want to take my mother on that drive this year. Thank you so much!


From Andy Mullins on 10/13/14

Shame the photos are so small


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/11/14

Kristen, fall foliage in Oklahoma typically begins in late October. Once the leaves have begun to change, we'll do regular updates on this page - travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals. We hope you get the chance to see this beautiful area in the fall! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Kristen on 09/11/14

When is the best time to go on the Tailmena drive?


From Robert on 09/03/14

I remember as a child when tailmena drive was first built. It was called skyline drive back then. The Heavener rune stone is an interesting side trip.


From Jerry on 07/17/14

The whole drive is in total disrepair. Vistas are so grown up it's hard to see over the brush due to no herbicide application. If they can't afford to maintain the rusty guard rails take them down. That was the most scenic drive within miles 20 years ago and now with the newly remodeled Queen Wilhelmina lodge opening later this year this should be a two state effort.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/31/13

Carl, thanks for your suggestion! We have added a map that you can print off to this page. You'll find it on the right side marked as 'View Talimena National Scenic Byway Map.' You can also order a free map of Oklahoma by clicking on 'Order Brochures' at the top of this page. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From carl barton on 10/31/13

why not put the obvious map needed for the area with a print button so dummy's like me can print the map?????


From Sherry on 10/19/13

Do you suggest/or recommend any parks or mines that are nearby to look for diamonds?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/17/13

Cheryl, Oklahoma's fall foliage usually peaks during the last week in October and first week in November. You can see fall foliage updates from 14 locations across Oklahoma here - www.travelok.com/fall_foliage_and_festivals. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Cheryl on 10/17/13

when is the best time this year to see the fall foliage at its peak? thanks!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/26/12

Linda, the first weekend in November should be a great time for fall foliage viewing. Peak foliage viewing is generally between the last week in October and the first week in November. Please check our Fall Foliage and Festivals page for our most up-to-date information. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From linda smith on 10/25/12

My husband and I have never viewed the fall foliage, however, want to the first weekend in Nov. Is it going to be too late?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/08/12

Lipi, peak foliage viewing is generally between the last week in October and the first week in November. Please check our Fall Foliage and Festivals page for our most up-to-date information. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Lipi on 10/07/12

Hello Moderator, will we be able to see atleast *some* colors on 10/13/2012? Also any idea about 11/17/2012? Thanks much for the information.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/03/11

Muru, the next two weeks will be the peak of the foliage season and would be a great time to come! There are many luxury cabins in Broken Bow as well as cabins at state parks in the area, such as Beavers Bend State Park, Robbers Cave State Park and Lake Wister State Park. If you have any questions or need further assistance planning your visit, please feel free to email us at info@travelok.com. Safe travels and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Muru Venkat on 11/02/11

Excellent website. Is it a good time to visit? Which is a good place to stay? We will be driving from Houston, TX. Thank You


From Kim on 10/07/11

Cedar Lake is my favorite trail to ride horses. It is 6 hours away and I came in spring and this fall and had a wonderful time. It has the best equestrian camp you can find too.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/28/11

Carol, generally the color is best during the last part of October. Due to extreme heat conditions this year, the fall foliage outcome is uncertain at this point. Please refer to our Fall Foliage and Festivals page for updates throughout the season. Have a great fall and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From carol on 09/28/11

When will the color be the best at Talihina???


From Rhonda on 11/10/10

The leaves are turning and showing great color! This would be the perfect week to come for a drive. Be sure to stop in downtown Talihina and visit our many fine stores.


From Camilla on 08/16/10

My family loves the Talimena Drive. The scenic turnouts are a great place to get out of the car to stretch your legs and take beautiful pictures of the fall colors.


From Rose on 08/16/10

Touring the Talimena National Scenic Byway is one of my favorite fall events! Talimena State Park is the perfect place for viewing the foliage and taking a break along the way.


From TAMMY J FORREST on 06/11/10

THIS PLACE IS SO BEAUTIFUL. MY FATHER PASSED AWAY ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO AND HE ALWAYS TOLD ME HE WANTED HIS ASHES SPREAD FROM THE BACK OF A HARLEY IN THIS AREA. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY HE WANTED THIS DONE UNTIL I GRANTED HIS WISHES .WHEN WE GOT THERE TO SPREAD HIS ASHES I IMMEDIATELY UNDERSTOOD WHY HE WANTED THIS!! ITS A VERY BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND IT GIVES ME PEACE TO KNOW THAT I DID EVERYTHING EXACTLY THE WAY HE WANTED WITH THE HELP OF ALL OF HIS BIKER GROUP THE OUTSIDERS NOMADS. THANKS AND LOVE TO YOU ALL. I MISS YOU SO SO MUCH DADDY AND NOW YOUR FAVORITE PLACE HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE PLACE AS WELL. LOVING YOU AND MISSING YOU EVERYDAY. FROM YOUR LITTLE GIRL TAMMY.


 
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