BEAVERS BEND RESORT PARK — Tucked away in the southeast corner of the state, Beavers Bend State Park by Broken Bow Lake feels far removed from city life and from the flat terrain that makes up much of western and central Oklahoma.
Ask people in Oklahoma City about the area, and many will say, “I've heard it's beautiful,” or “I've always wanted to go there,” but fewer will say they have made the trek.
After spending a weekend there this year, I can now agree with the “beautiful” assessment about southeast Oklahoma and then answer back: “Don't wait. Go. Take your children. Enjoy your family. And then reserve your cabin for a return trip, because you're going to want to explore it some more.”
The mountainous hills and thick trees make for a scenic drive that is about four hours (about 260 miles) from Oklahoma City to the state park in McCurtain County via the town of Broken Bow.
It's just far enough away from the city that you feel like you have made a true transition to an out-of-state vacation or gone on a major getaway, but it's close enough to make it a peaceful weekend trip with your family. The area is even closer to Dallas than it is Oklahoma City, about 203 miles away.
Beavers Bend Resort Park, which includes Beavers Bend State Park, Hochatown State Park, Lakeview Lodge and Cedar Creek Golf Course, is located in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains and on the edge of Broken Bow Lake. I imagine that the thick foliage on the mountains there would make it as pretty to visit in the fall as it is in the spring and summer.
When my children and I got there, we didn't want to leave our log cabin, which was almost hidden in the woods, surrounded by 100-foot-tall pine trees, about two miles from Beavers Bend State Park. Called Bella Lodge and managed by Broken Bow Cabin Lodging, the knotty wood cabin is one of many the property group has available for rent.
This cabin included all kinds of luxuries — a hot tub, a full kitchen with granite countertops, a telescope in the living room that allowed outdoor views through big panel windows, leather couches and upscale decor, a foosball table, an outdoor grill, large flat-screen TV with cable, a play set for young visitors, shelves full of board games and long, wide porches on all sides of the house for enjoying the outdoor sounds and silence.
Bella Lodge was a vacation treat on its own, but we pried ourselves away from it long enough to explore our new weekend spot. We felt like we could choose to do as little or as much as we wanted and enjoy activity and rest equally there.