Don't miss the Oklahoma portion of the Talimena Scenic Byway. The Visitor Center is on the western end of the road that follows the mountain ridge from Oklahoma to Arkansas. We met these folks from Indiana as we completed our journey west. They were headed east to enjoy the many scenic overlooks. We met them on the road again later as we headed south on Hwy 271. Start the slideshow below for more photos.
"From wooded mountain terrain to rolling prairie, Oklahoma invites you to take in the alluring scenery as you embark on your motorcycling journey. Grab your bike and a group of road-worthy friends and visit museums filled with vintage motorcycles, Harley Davidson attractions and diners that are popular with bikers. Wind your way to the top of Mount Scott for breathtaking views of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and then ride to nearby Meers for an unforgettable longhorn burger in the company of fellow bikers and friendly locals. Whether meandering down the Mother Road, or cruising through the curves of the motorcycle paradise known as the Talimena National Scenic Byway, your adventure in Oklahoma starts here!"
The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department site lists their top 5 rides in Eastern Oklahoma, including the Talimena National Scenic Byway, along with lots of things to do and places to stay in Oklahoma.
"Point your compass toward southeast Oklahoma and make your way to the Talimena National Scenic Byway for amazing fall foliage peppered along the state’s most popular scenic drive. This 54-mile route that twists and turns throughout the towering hardwoods and evergreen pines of the Ouachita National Forest is known for its stunning views of the highest mountain range between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Snake your way down weaving roads, keeping an eye out for the area’s rich and abundant wildlife while enjoying the beautiful shades of fall on endless ridges of oaks and maples."
“ Spend your weekend in a luxurious cabin with that "just right" amount of rustic appeal to make your vacation a true get away. Hugo Lake State Park offers sixteen Resort Cabins. Each Resort Cabin has a spacious living area complete with a full size kitchen equipped with dishes, pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker and microwave oven. Plus, dish network TV so you don't miss that important game. The resort cabins have two bedrooms; some have a king size bed in one bedroom and a queen size in the other bedroom and some cabins have a queen size bed in one bedroom and two twin beds in the other bedroom. Guest can also bring their own cots or air mattresses for extra occupants if desired. The view of the lake from the decks of the cabins is amazing. Visit Hugo Lake State Park once and you'll want to come back time and time again.”
“ The Primitive Cabins offer a choice of 2 twin beds or a queen bed. Heating and air conditioning is always great on those hot summer days, and a fireplace for a relaxing evening during the cooler winter months. Electricity is provided as well as a screened in back porch which provides a great view of the lake. “
"For decades, motorcyclists have been touring America’s heartland by way of Route 66. Get a glimpse of the road’s motorcycle history with a visit to the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum in Miami. Stroll through this museum bursting with eye-catching displays such as a wall covered in helmets and a vintage cycle photo collection that is unmatched in size by any other in the nation. The museum boasts more than 100 pieces of Evel Knievel memorabilia, most notably the Super Van used at the Snake River Canyon Jump."
Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has free range bison, along with elk, deer, and a herd of longhorn cattle. "Established in
1901,Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 556 refuges throughout the United States managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 59,020 acre refuge hosts a rare piece of the
past - a remnant mixed grass prairie, an island where the natural grasslands escaped destruction because the rocks underfoot defeated the plow.
The refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deer. Texas longhorn cattle also share the refuge rangelands as a cultural and historical legacy species. More than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge."