Is it just me, or is it time for a getaway? With fall colors on the way, taking a road trip out of DFW to see the foliage sounds just like what the doctor ordered. One place to do that is just a 3.5-hour (give or take) drive away: Beavers Bend in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
Beavers Bend State Park sits in southwest Oklahoma near Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. While driving through the area you’ll see beautiful pine trees and crystal-clear water.
Where to Stay
There are tons of options for lodging around Beavers Bend: Beavers Bend Lodging, Beavers Bend Luxury Cabin Rentals. Within the state park, there’s the 40-room Lakeview Lodge, which has beautiful views of the lake.
There are also RV sites and tent campsites all over the 3,000-plus acre park. Looking for a cabin? There are 47 cabins in the park and plenty of nearby spots available through Airbnb and VRBO (among other rental sites).
Where to Eat
While you’ll feel like you’re truly in the middle of nowhere, there are some great restaurants to get some grub. If you’re in the mood for pizza, check out Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room. Head over to The Blue Rooster for fried chicken and seafood, plus a great patio setup and live music. (Check the website for live music schedules.)
Want something sweet for the kiddos and a pick-me-up for you? Okie Girls Coffee and Ice Cream has awesome ice cream and solid coffee. It gets pretty busy, so expect lines during peak times.
And you can’t go to Beavers Bend without hitting up Abendigo’s Grill & Patio. The slightly more upscale spot has some of the best steaks in town. It’s popular on the weekends, so we recommend making reservations.
What to Do
During the summer, go for a swim in one of the swimming holes. But beware—even in the hottest part of the summer, the water is a cool 60 degrees or so. Interested in getting a tee time? You can work on your backswing at Cedar Creek Golf Course.
Want something a bit more kid-friendly? Check out the BigFoot Speedway for go-karts or the Hochatown Petting Zoo. You can also go for a quick ride on the Beavers Bend Depot train or see a real-life dino skeleton at the Museum of the Red River. There’s also the Forest Heritage Center if you’d like to learn a bit more about the area.
When to Go
There’s really no bad time to go to Beavers Bend, but our favorite time to visit is fall. You’ll see the colorful leaves and get to spend more time outside sans 100 degree heat. Peak visiting time is during the summer.
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