Book a cabin early to see Oklahoma's fall foliage

Foliage should offer dazzling colors this fall at Oklahoma state parks.
BY KELI CLARK Modified: September 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm •  Published: September 12, 2013
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If you're looking for a location where you can pack a picnic lunch and load the family into the min-van for a driving tour, then head to the northeastern corner of the state to Grand Lake State Park. The park areas on the north end include Twin Bridges, Honey Creek and Bernice and Cherokee on the south end. Each area offers beautiful lake views and enough room to spread a blanket, enjoy lunch and take pleasure in the kaleidoscope of colors.

It's well known to foliage enthusiasts that one of the most renowned destinations for touring is southeastern Oklahoma. This particularly vibrant locale where forests, mountains and streams dominate the countryside offers the most spectacular fall color. The Talimena National Scenic Byway, which winds its way through the Ouachita National Forest is teeming with visitors from late October through the peak of the season in early November. Several state parks are located in this area and offer perfect fall getaways where visitors can reflect on the splendor of the season.

In the midst of this explosion of color are Robbers Cave, Lake Wister and Beavers Bend State Parks. Each location offers cozy cabins and lodging accommodations are available at Belle Starr Lodge at Robbers Cave and Lakeview Lodge at Beavers Bend. If your fall travel plan includes the southeastern part of the state, don't wait. Book now and stay later.

“I'm enthusiastic about this year because of the conditions going into winter,” Bays said. “From all indications, it looks like this will be a great year for color.”

For information on fall foliage tours across the state and to book a lodge room or cabin at an Oklahoma State Park, visit TravelOK.com. Keli Clark is the marketing coordinator for Oklahoma State Parks.

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