5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Oklahoma

By Dawn Brotherton

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Oklahoma

If you want to enjoy the colors of the fall in Oklahoma, you’ll want to head to the eastern part of the state. The climate east of I-35 is more conducive to leaves turning different colors, and will put on a display of color like you’ve never seen before. Here are five breathtaking foliage hikes in Oklahoma!  

1. Talimena State Park

This park marks the start of the Talimena Scenic Drive, which takes you through the Ouachita National Forest. There are many different hiking trails in the state park, for hikers of all levels. The area is known for its spectacular fall foliage. 

2. Robbers Cave State Park

This park was once a hideout for outlaws, such as Jesse James and Belle Starr. In the fall, it’s a beautiful place to hike and enjoy fall colors. You can go hiking in the Sans Bois Mountains or take a walking history tour through the park. Some of the best trails are near the lakes, where you can find a lot of wildlife and foliage. 

3. Osage Hills State Park

Green Country is a great place for fall colors. In the forest at Osage Hills State Park, you’ll see vivid shades of yellow, orange and red, dotted with green leaves that haven’t turned. Osage Hills has plenty of hiking trails along the water, and it has a walking historic tour. You’ll want to drive to each location, then hike to the viewing station. The Hollow Bridge is a beautiful example of keystone construction. 

4. Beavers Bend State Park

Travel OK lists Beavers Bend State Park as one of the best bets for fall foliage in the state. The towering trees turn shades of yellow and red in the fall. Mixed with the pine trees that never turn colors, it’s a beautiful sight. Highway 259 is one of the best driving spots in the area, but within the park, there are many different trails for hikers of all levels. The Cedar Bluff Hiking Trail is highly recommended. 

5. Oologah Lake

This lake, just north of Claremore, is close to the birthplace ranch of Will Rogers, famous Oklahoma humorist. You can walk through the grounds of the Dog Iron Ranch and enjoy the fall colors, or take a hike on one of the trails tucked away near the lake. The oak and hickory leaves can change into stunning colors, depending on the fall temperatures. Spend an autumn afternoon enjoying the cool breeze off the lake and the gorgeous forest. To top off your day, stop by Claremore’s Route 66 Nut House for some homemade apple butter with the delicious flavors of fall. 

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