The autumn season is the perfect time to explore the road less traveled, especially if that road takes you through Oklahoma’s most beautiful fall foliage on our state’s best scenic byways. If this doesn’t make you break out the Thermos of hot apple cider and put on your coziest sweater, then we don’t know what will!
When you see the views from the Talimena National Scenic Byway, you will understand why this is the state’s most popular scenic drive. This 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma is notorious for the views and hues of the Ouachita National Forest— found in the highest mountain range between the Appalachians and the Rockies.
While you’re in the area, check out Beavers Bend and Hochatown State Park, located directly south of the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Within the park, you will find hiking trails that offer you a secluded view of the area’s flora and fauna and stunning views of the Mountain Fork River.
If you are headed to points south, try Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles for great views of towering pines and native hardwood trees. Be sure to catch a view of Turner Falls, a stunning 77-foot waterfall near Davis, Okla.
For more scenic views all across the state of Oklahoma, check out TravelOK.com’s best bets for fall foliage drives.