Northeastern Oklahoma is lake country, pure and simple. There are plenty of reasons to visit this part of the state—the phenomenal cities, tallgrass prairies and wildlife preserves are just a few of them—but lakeside fun and relaxation is far and away the area’s biggest draw. We profiled the popular Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in our overview of Oklahoma's top lakes, but there are so many more fantastic lakes to be found in the region. Since it can be hard to figure out what lake is perfect for your next getaway, we’ve made it easier by overviewing some of the region’s top lakes and highlighting their most unique attractions. If you’re not already planning your next Green Country lakeside getaway, this rundown might be just the inspiration you need.Learn More
Cherokee Heritage Center
Located on 44 heavily wooded acres tucked away in the Oklahoma foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah provides information about Cherokee history and culture in a variety of ways. The center is home to the 1710 Cherokee Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit, the Cherokee National Museum and the Cherokee Family Research Center.
The 1710 Cherokee Village, also known as Diligwa, is a new outdoor living exhibit meant to take visitors back to early Cherokee trading days. Discover the life of the people in the early 18th century through interpretive stations, residential sites and more. Walk through 14 stations that detail the historic landscape in 1710 and demonstrate a range of cultural practices such as-- stick ball, basket making, flintknapping and blow gun making. The exhibit features a summer house, winter house, corn crib, kitchen garden and a council house. Two recreation areas showcase Cherokee games from centuries ago that are still played today.
Also on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center, Adams Corner Rural Village depicts a Cherokee community and life during the 1890s and is made up of seven buildings, including a church, schoolhouse and a log cabin. Inside the center, visit the Trail of Tears exhibit to witness life-size sculptures in an emotional portrayal of the Cherokee removal to Indian Territory and a timeline of the events.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee history and culture through several annual events and two competitive art shows.