With the warmth of summer disappearing and the crispness of fall creeping in, the latter part of the year is a perfect time to take in the lush scenery of Chickasaw Country. Fall foliage is at its peak from late-October to mid-November in southern Oklahoma. With secluded retreats and hiking trails for all skill levels, and high temperatures of approximately 60-70 degrees, groups are sure to enjoy the vast fall scenery of Chickasaw Country.
Stretching across 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma, Chickasaw Country provides some of the region’s most popular foliage viewing. Plan an afternoon hike at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, taking in an abundance of color bursting from every direction.
While driving through Chickasaw Country’s storied Arbuckle Mountains, witness the coppery reds of the bald cypress and bur oak, vibrant and luminous yellows of the American elm and the purple-tinged leaves of the flowering dogwood. These trees, native to Oklahoma for thousands of years, rise high above the region’s rolling hills and wide-open prairies of native bluestem grass.
The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center is nestled on the edge of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains. All guest rooms have views of the park allowing guests to take in the natural beauty of the outdoors from the comfort of their guest room. The multi-acre property was designed as a retreat for groups. Bask in the beauty of the area by walking the grounds or relax in the sauna or indoor pool. The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center has 43 guest rooms.
Plan your trip around annual fall events to maximize your group’s experience and exposure to the rich Native American culture found within Chickasaw Country. The Chickasaw Nation Annual Festival held annually the first Saturday of October in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, celebrates the longstanding tradition of the Chickasaw heritage. Groups can participate in cultural classes, listen to traditional storytelling, and more during this authentic glimpse into the Chickasaw way of life. The Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Fall Festival that takes place in late-October is another way for groups to become immersed in Chickasaw culture with traditional storytelling, stomp dances and games.
To plan your stay and learn more about the natural beauty found in Chickasaw Country, visit www.chickasawcountry.com.
Fall foliage in Sulphur, Oklahoma
Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma