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Talimena State Park is an outdoor recreational area near Talihina in eastern Oklahoma. It's the gateway to the Talimena Scenic Drive, which passes through the Ouachita National Forest on its way to Little Rock, Arkansas. RV camping at Talimena State Park puts you in a perfect position to explore Ouachita National Forest, which has many byways passing through it in addition to the Talimena Scenic Drive. This drive is especially magnificent in the spring and fall when the tree foliage changes colors.
The park is a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking, as there are hundreds of nature trails throughout Ouachita National Forest that are multi-use and support these activities. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail is one of the longest, at more than 50 miles, starting from the park and passing through Ouachita National Forest. You can continue from the end of the scenic drive, ending at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Camping is allowed, and the park is a good choice for nature and wildlife observation as well.
Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area (NRA) is an outdoor recreational area encompassing the mountain it's named after; it also includes Horsethief Springs and Winding Stair Campground. It's a popular destination with many potential activities for you to try. You can go for a day hike or try your hand at an overnight backpacking trip, go horseback riding, picnicking, and even fishing at some of the many lakes and ponds.
Robbers Cave State Park has some historical value that may interest you. It was named after Old West outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr; the bandits set up camp in a cave hidden amongst towering sandstone cliffs up to a thousand feet or more in height. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts flock here in the spring and summer months, but the park is equally popular with rappellers and rock climbers. Rent a camper near Talimena State Park, and you can finish your outdoor activities by returning to the comfort of your home-on-wheels.
Lake Wister State Park is a cultivated outdoor recreation area where you can fish for bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, and many other species. If adrenaline is more your speed, boating and waterskiing are allowed on the lake, which is surrounded by stands of pine and oak trees that cover the lower mountain bases. The park has full hookup RV campsites if you decide to stay longer than a day, playgrounds and a miniature golf course, a beach where you can swim, and the list goes on.
Talimena State Park RV camping is the best way for you to begin this epic vacation, with everything right at your doorstep. The campground has a picnic pavilion, grills and picnic tables, as well as a dump station, a gift shop, a playground, and comfort rooms with showers. Each of the campsites has 30 amp electrical and water hookups, and fire rings: some of the campsites have pads. There are walking trails nearby. The campground is pet-friendly in case you want to bring your pup along for the ride.
Horse Heaven Ranch is a family-friendly RV campground near Talihina with stalls available for those who brought their horses along (you're still invited to stay if you didn't). The campground is conveniently located near tens of miles of groomed trails winding through Talimena State Park and beyond. The campground has a modern and clean restroom and a dump station for emptying your tanks. Some of the campsites at Horse Heaven Ranch have full hookups, and some have water and electricity (there are a few primitive sites with no hookups). You can choose between a site with back-in or pull-through access; once you're settled in, you'll have a fire ring and barbecue grill, picnic table, and a cement pad.
Red Oak is a very small and pleasant town where you can enjoy a relaxing meal while you plan your next adventure. It has several diners, a barbecue joint, Mexican and Chinese restaurants, and more. In fact, the pace of the town almost demands that you slow down and savor your meal. When you're done, you can go to one of the local cafes for a treat. Red Oak has several churches with interesting architecture and an urban park where you can take a relaxing stroll.
Heavener was established in the late 1870s. If you decide to spend some time here, a leisurely stroll will allow you to take in the architecture and structure of the town. There's an urban park with a waterfall, a gift shop and an interpretative center, and shopping and nightlife venues. The town's restaurant scene is small but sufficient enough to find an enjoyable meal. There are several Mexican restaurants, a pizzeria, and a few chain-style restaurants.