We enjoyed the hot tub and the porch of our cabin and cooked in for dinner. We ventured out to eat a yummy lunch at the Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Taproom in Hochatown. We stopped at the landmark Girls Gone Wine store, which includes wine tastings and a gift store.
We even quickly toured the Forest Heritage Center Museum in Beavers Bend Resort Park. Operated by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board and Oklahoma Forestry Services, it features dioramas showcasing the area's forestry history. Admission is free.
On the Lower Mountain Fork River, our kayak and canoe trip took my kids and me down a serene 2½-mile stretch, where we floated in between tall, rocky cliffs and drifted by a grove of old bald cypress trees growing directly out of the water. When we hiked the cliffs above the river later that afternoon, we could see the same cypress trees far below us. The bald cypress is native to the area, and while the grove of trees on the river is small, the trees are noticeable because they are tall and their roots are underwater.
I wish we had had time to ride horses and go tubing on the lake with its clear, pristine water. We'd go kayaking again. Whitewater rafting available in certain areas also sounds compelling. So do more hiking and exploring wildlife on the trails or playing golf at Cedar Creek Golf Course.
Our fun weekend was too short — we left plenty to do for the next time we visit the Beavers Bend area. But my children and I are certainly glad we discovered it, thanks to the McCurtain County Tourism Authority. Our weekend ended up being a true getaway from the Oklahoma scenery with which we are familiar, and it reminded us how diverse the state truly is in its beauty and geography.
Accommodations provided by the McCurtain County Tourism Authority and arranged by Jim Drewitz of Creative Options Communications.
Some of the photos of the cabin, hiking trails and Hochatown were taken with a Samsung Galaxy Camera on loan from Verizon.
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