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10 Fun Activities in Broken Bow, OK: A Hiker’s and Kayaker’s Paradise

Looking for a place to get away and have some fun? Look no further than Broken Bow, Oklahoma. This charming town is located in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains and is home to some of the best hiking trails and kayaking spots in the state. No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something to do in Broken Bow. Here is our list of the top 10 most fun activities in Broken Bow while on vacation here!


Broken Bow Lake, which covers 14,000 acres in the Ouachita Mountains, is tucked away in the hills. It also has an amazing 180-mile tree-lined natural shoreline, which is ideal for boating, fishing, swimming, and water activities. It is ideal for smallmouth bass fishing since the depth is perfect, and the tiny islands on the lake make entertaining halts by canoe or boat. Hikers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy Broken Bow Lake’s wooded area.

The Bear’s Bend Marina is a full-service marina with a convenience store, marine fuel service and boat slip rentals that can be used for a day on the lake with family or friends.

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The Ouachita National Forest and Beavers Bend State Park are excellent places to spend the day exploring, viewing birds, and relaxing in Broken Bow. There are numerous hiking trails in the park, ranging from difficult hikes of 12 miles to little nature walks. Plan a picnic in the park’s lush woods with a packed lunch at a variety of locations. There are spectacular views of the Mountain Fork River to enjoy from the paths, as well as sightings of eagles, deer, turkey, a variety of birds and other creatures. The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area’s stunning scenery, including waterfalls, mountains, and vistas, makes this one of the most beautiful places in Tennessee. The Lookout Mountain is a short easy walk with amazing views from an overlook at 1.9 miles. You may also explore along the Lower Mountain Fork River for 6 to 10 kilometers The forest here has stunning long fall color seasons from late October and early November, when it begins to transition from lush green to brilliant hues of gold and crimson. You won’t be disappointed by the amount of nature in Broken Bow.

With stunning vistas all around you, the changing of the season is something to really appreciate in Oklahoma. Rent Yellow Rose, a 2 bedroom loft that sleeps 8 with beautiful views, Lonestar, a 2-bedroom secluded modern cabin, or Dixie, a 2-bedroom cabin surrounded by towering pines for an experience of quiet

Big South Fork National River – source:


From thrilling to peaceful and calm, there are kayaking, rafting, and canoeing excursions in some of the most beautiful settings in clear mountain-fed waters around Beavers Bend.The Mountain Fork River is known as the fly-fishing location, but it’s also ideal for kayaking, floating, and canoeing due to its fast waters. The River, which runs through the state park of the same name, is a Class I and II river with enticing waterfalls and milder sections bordered by bald cypress trees. Glover River is a remote, untamed, and natural waterway that may be more to your liking. To go on these rivers, contact any of the businesses in our Directory & Map section.

Visit Broken Bow Lake at a more sedate pace with a board in your feet and a paddle in your hand. You may explore Broken Bow Lake from a kayak. Renting a paddle boat or paddle board on The Lower Mountain Fork River is also an option. If you’re looking for a fun way to get in shape while paddling, paddleSUP is the place to go. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a beginner, paddling with paddleMIND will provide an amazing experience on the river.


Bring your fishing rod and reel, or engage the services of one of the top fishing guides in Oklahoma to help you become the greatest fisherman in Oklahoma. The Mountain Fork River is a year-round retreat for the greatest trout fishing in the region.Brown and Rainbow trout abound in Broken Bow Reservoir, which is ideal for fly fishing all year. Whether you’re wading in the Mountain Fork River with a fly rod or trolling on Broken Bow Lake’s 180 miles of shoreline, its rocky bottom yields some of the clearest water in the area.The Lower Mountain Fork has 12 miles of designated trout water for year-round fishing, which is surrounded by Ouachita National Forest. It runs through Beavers Bend State Park and is therefore simply beautiful.. You can explore more of Oklahoma if you want to by visiting the state’s only free-flowing river, the Glover River, which is a few miles north of Broken Bow, or 30 kilometers west is Pine Creek Lake.


If you’re seeking for a location to raise a glass around Broken Bow, there are several wineries with outside patios and fire pits, as well as wonderful boutiques and enjoyable varieties ranging from dry Cabernets to sweeter Moscatos. Wineries throughout the region host open houses and provide wine tastings as well as the option to bring a few bottles back home or drink them at the winery.

Beavers Bend State Park – source:


Do you enjoy great craft beer? Visit the Beavers Bend Brewery or Mountain Fork Brewery, which both have rotating taps of new craft beers, including IPAs, Brown Ales, Pale Ales, and seasonal brews produced on-site. Come hang out with us and try a tasting flight, a full pour, and some beer to take home!


For those searching for an after dinner drink or a place to show off their two-stepping, Hochatown Saloon reverts from a restaurant to a dance hall at 9 p.m. On weekends and special occasions, they feature live country western and rock music. The Hochatown Saloon is a great place to get your drink on. It’s located across the street from downtown Abilene, off of US-81. They open at 5 p.m., and they’re always open until 2 a.m. If you want to avoid the crowds, The Tasting Room serves exquisite cocktails with a wide selection of bourbon and other spirits. weekends, Abendigos and Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room both have nice patios where you can usually hear live music. Check their websites for current events and performances.


River Man Trail Rides & Glover River Tail Rides -Take control of your own destiny and have an unforgettable adventure among more than a half-million acres of forested mountain trails with panoramic views from the mountains to riding down by streams and rivers. Horseback riding is a wonderful way to experience the magnificent scenery of The Ouachita National Forest and the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, whether you’re a novice or seasoned. 2 1/2 miles of picturesque Beavers Bend Game Reserve await at Beaver Bend Depot & Trail Rides. You may anticipate to see some of the indigenous fauna, such as white tail deer, squirrels, foxes, and others. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes but is absolutely worth it.


Take in some nature by relaxing by the campfire outside, enjoying a glass of wine or a beer in the hot tub, gazing up at the sky in one of Oklahoma & Texas’ darkest locations, snuggling with a book and blanket, making s’mores, drinking morning coffee and taking it all in. The Cabins At Holly Creek offers three of the most comfortable cabins in Broken Bow: Rent Yellow Rose, a 2 bedroom loft that sleeps 8 with beautiful views, Lonestar, a 2-bedroom secluded modern cabin, or Dixie, a 2-bedroom cabin surrounded by towering pines for an experience of quiet

As the Ouachita National Forest from lush green to brilliant hues of gold and crimson, visitors enjoy the area’s rich fall foliage.In late October and early November, Broken Bow & Beavers Bend Area is known for its lengthy fall color season. Autumn is a spectacle in itself, with stunning vistas on every side.

Dixie Cabin - Cabins at Holly Creek

Dixie Cabin in Broken Bow from Cabins at Holly Creek


The Broken Tiki Tours is a fun and comfortable Tiki-themed pontoon boat that will take you on an informative journey through Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake. For all ages, it’s a lot of fun. Fresh air, sunshine, music, cocktails, yard games, and lake trips are all available! On the sundeamper or in the shade of the beautiful outside bar enjoy your lunch or dinner. Children are welcome; family activities abound. The Sitting Duck Bar is ideal for hanging out as well as taking a lake trip or doing both!

More Fun Activities in Broken Bow

The Broken Bow is a great location for the entire family to have fun. On Our Explore Page, you’ll find more choices. If you’re planning a trip to Oklahoma soon, don’t forget to check out our cabins for availability and pricing, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Let us know down below: What is the activity you’re looking forward to the most during your visit ?

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