Cavanal Hill

Cavanal Hill
Center of Poteau off scenic bypass
Phone: 918-647-9178
Fax: 918-647-4099

Cavanal Hill is boasted as the world's highest hill at 1,999 ft above the surrounding terrain. Cavanal Hill derives its name from the French word meaning "cave," and was a famous landmark for the French and American Indians over 150 years ago. Thomas Nuttal of Boston first became interested in this "mountain" in 1819 and spent time here studying plant life and talking to the American Indians and French trappers about the hill and all its natural wonders.  He noted that the local Indians claimed to hear "rumbling noises from deep within the caves."

Today, Cavanal Hill is the site of five mile runs, mountain bike races and the famous Cavanal Hill Killer 5-Mile Walk. Travel up four and a half miles of blacktopped road to the top and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Poteau River valley and surrounding areas. Enjoy gazing at the stars from atop the hill, enjoy a picnic under the newly remodeled pavilion, or have your photo taken by the famous Cavanal Hill Rock.  On a clear day, visitors can see Mt. Magazine in Arkansas.

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General Information: Free admission
Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)
Daylight to dusk.
From the north: From Hwy 59/271 in Poteau, turn right at Hughes Drive. Proceed to the next stop sign and turn right onto Witteville Road. Follow on this road for 1.2 miles until you reach a 'Y' in the road. Go left to the top of the hill.

From the south: From Hwy 59/271 in Poteau, turn left at Smith (the fourth traffic light). Turn right onto Witteville Road and follow to the top.
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