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by Ed Godfrey Published: October 28, 2013


Photo taken in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur Oklahoma Date: December 6, 2011
Photographer: Marcy Gray
Photo taken in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur Oklahoma Date: December 6, 2011 Photographer: Marcy Gray

From the Chickasaw Nation

This week is the ideal time to tour Chickasaw Country, the 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma, for the best views of vibrant fall foliage and breathtaking landscapes. Fall foliage in Oklahoma usually peaks during the last week of October and the first week of November. Visitors can take a fall trip through the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Turner Falls or zip through via the Air Donkey Zipline Adventures.

Sulphur is home to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and is across from the new Artesian Hotel and Spa. Visitors can travel along Lake of the Arbuckles’ 36 miles of shoreline for scenic views and endless photo opportunities. The park is also home to more than 30 miles of trails and six campgrounds.

Turner Falls is the oldest park in Oklahoma and home to the state’s largest waterfall. Cascading 77-feet into a natural springs, this 1,500-acre area is a fall favorite. Turner Falls is located at I-35 and Highway 77 near Davis and lies just below the Arbuckle Mountains.

Take in a completely different view atop the Air Donkey Zipline Adventure course. With the longest zipline at 1,800 feet, it soars more than one mile through the Arbuckle Mountains and its picturesque views.

No trip through Chickasaw Country is complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch or corn maze. The largest corn stalk maze in Oklahoma can be found in Chickasha at The Maize at Reding Farm and is open through Nov. 3. Visitors can explore more than 35 acres of mazes, which range from easy to difficult; with the option of a haunted maze for older kids and adults.

Family festivals and events are hosted throughout the 13 surrounding counties. Find the nearest pumpkin patch and plan your fall foliage trip by visiting Chickasaw Country’s fall page.


by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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