Want to see the greatest light show on earth? Look to the night sky at one of Oklahoma’s secluded stargazing hotspots. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the back porch of a resort lodge with all the comforts of home, or take in the show from your backcountry campsite at a state park. Whether you join one of the orchestrated “star parties” in remote corners of the state or strike out on your own stargazing adventure, come to Oklahoma and see the universe in a whole new light.Learn More
Ouachita National Forest
This recreation area, covering portions of LeFlore and McCurtain counties in southeast Oklahoma, offers more than 352,000 acres of scenic vistas, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, hang gliding opportunities, an equestrian camp, horseback riding trails, hunting and fishing opportunities. Four public campgrounds provide opportunities for a range of campers, from the biggest RVs to a two man tent. Historic sites found along the Talimena Scenic Drive include Horsethief Springs and the Old Military Road. Many miles of unpaved forest roads also provide dirt bike and four-wheel drive enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy some of Oklahoma's most scenic and rugged terrain.
**NOTE** Ouachita National Forest Motorized Routes have been implemented for off-road vehicles. Downloadable maps are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita. Maps may also be picked up at the local Forest Service office. The Forest Service office is located three miles south of the park on Highway 271 and is open Monday -Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Visitors will be required to stay on designated routes, so visitors are highly encouraged to have a map prior to arrival.
Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, Choctaw Country in southeastern Oklahoma is home to stunning vistas and more than a few amazing lakes. Marked by rolling timber, wooded mountains and cypress-lined bayous, this stunning setting creates the perfect backdrop for the area’s sparkling lakes. You read all about gorgeous Broken Bow Lake in our "Big Six" overview of the state's top lakes, but check out our round-up of the area’s other fantastic bodies of water and start planning your next Choctaw Country adventure.Learn More
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.Learn More