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Great Outdoors

Oklahoma hosts a surprising assort­ment of outdoor adventures. Whether you’re looking for the perfect swim­ming hole, mountain hiking trails, city biking trails or the ideal spot for something more extreme, our state has the outdoor adventure for you.

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Mike Wooten, Data Center Manager at Google, says in Oklahoma you’re closer to the outdoors and nature.

Our metropolitan areas have you covered too. Between Oklahoma City’s lengthy bike trails and Tulsa’s accommodating pedestrian walkways, there’s plenty of places for you to get outside and escape the bustle of city life.

Black Mesa, water fall, Wichita Wildlife Refuge, Tallmena scenic drive

Oklahoma Spotlights

Scenic Talimena Drive

The headliner here is the Talimena National Scenic Byway. This 54-mile stretch of nationally protected road winds through the Ouachita Moun­tains and Ouachita National Forest of southeastern Okla­homa and western Arkansas, and it offers some of the best views this side of the Rockies. Although this scenic drive is worth the trip year-round, a fall drive offers the best viewing experience, when the region’s foliage lights up with bright reds, yellows and oranges.

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Tahlequah Hills

Tahlequah, found in the foothills of the Ozark Moun­tains, is a hotspot for the outdoor enthusiast. From floating the Illinois River during the summer to hiking Sparrow Hawk Mountain or camp­ing at Lake Tenkiller in the fall, the capital of Cherokee Nation runs the gamut of outdoor recreation. Tahlequah also is known for its Red Fern Festival, inspired by the book “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Tahlequah-area-native Wilson Rawls.

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Watonga Canyons

Watonga is home to an abundance of outdoor recre­ation opportunities. Roman Nose State Park is set in a vast canyon and offers a unique 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking and two separate lakes with fishing, paddleboats and more. Additionally, the beautiful Red Rock Canyon State Park, once a stop for pio­neers on the California Trail, and popular Cherokee Trading Post are located just 30 minutes from Watonga.

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Family Life

Family sitting outside their house in a historic neighborhood

Great school districts, charming neighborhoods and strong communities make Oklahoma ideal for raising a family.

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