One of the great things about Oklahoma is the small-town charm across the state. Many of the tiniest towns in the state are filled with culture, great food, warm hospitality, spectacular scenery, and much more. Keep scrolling to check out 8 tiny towns in Oklahoma that are always worth a visit.
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Davis, Oklahoma is proud to be home to one of the state's most famous tourist attractions, Turner Falls Park, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma. Turner Falls Park is accented with beautiful picnic areas, nature trails, caves, geological wonders, and two natural swimming pools very unique in nature. Zipline through the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains at Air Donkey Zipline! Go through the mountains and over the river as high as 80 feet in the air and 6 stations for about 2 hrs. Visit Bedre Chocolate Factory and watch through the huge glass viewing area and see how candies are made while sampling their fine chocolates. Shop and eat in their unique shops and restaurants on Main Street or just off Main at Stillwater Milling, one of Oklahoma's largest Brighton retailers.
Arcadia is home to just over 200 residents but there are two famous roadside attractions in town. The first one is Pops - an iconic Route 66 attraction that boasts the world’s largest pop bottle outside and over 700 flavors of soda pop inside. The next one is the Arcadia Round Barn just down the road. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is more than a century old. It is the only round barn on Route 66.
3. Medicine Park
Nestled in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma is the vintage cobblestone resort town, Medicine Park. Step back in time as you stroll the quaint Cobblestone Row filled with shopping, history, and small-town America. It is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, water running right through it and the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge right next to it. You can enjoy a day trip or weekend trip of breathtaking scenery, fishing, swimming, hiking, shopping, bike riding, or just relaxing. This historic resort town in Oklahoma was a finalist for “America's Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine.
Talihina is a tiny town nestled in the mountains of southern Oklahoma that’s the perfect place to relax. It’s surrounded by astounding beauty, secluded from city life, and known as Oklahoma’s last frontier. It’s widely known as the gateway city to The Talimena Scenic Byway – the most breathtaking drive in the state – and if you’ve never visited this unique place, you’re missing out.
Nestled in the rolling prairie of cross-timber country, Sulphur, Oklahoma is known as the gateway to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, a popular destination for many tourists located just east of the town of Sulphur. The main attractions in Sulphur, besides the park, are sulfurous springs in town that were once thought to cure ailments and other medical conditions. Other attractions include the Arbuckle Mountain range, just to the southwest, complete with many hiking and recreational opportunities. Sulphur is also the home to Chickasaw Cultural Center, a museum that tells the story of the Chickasaw Nation. It is also home to Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa.
6. Broken Bow
Broken Bow is located in McCurtain County in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. It is the gateway city to Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend Resort Park, the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers, and the Ouachita National Forest. Broken Bow is a wonderful place to live or visit. The average summer temperature is 80 degrees and they receive over 50 inches of rainfall a year, which means the forests are green and the streams, rivers, and lakes are full and clear. This scenic area provides a fun-filled environment for many popular outdoor activities such as canoeing, boating, hiking, bird watching, golfing, scuba diving, hunting, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, four-wheeling, and all types of fishing.
Located in the southwestern part of the state, Blair has a population of 806. It is the birthplace of former major league baseball player Bob Stephenson. The town is also home to Back Door Steakhouse, rated almost 4.5 stars on Google. It's a friendly small-town restaurant that is a must-visit while visiting. Another attraction to visit while in the area is the Museum of the Western Prairie.
Chandler, a charming Route 66 community and former oil boomtown, is one of the many cities along the famous U.S. Route 66 and contains a number of attractions devoted to "The Mother Road." These include The Route 66 Interpretive Center, The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame, The Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History, several Route 66-themed murals, and the newly restored old cottage-style Phillips 66 gas station. Today, Chandler's economy is driven mostly by agriculture and livestock, oil and gas services, and manufacturing. The National American Insurance Company is headquartered in Chandler. Downtown Chandler is located on historic Route 66 and is home to many shops and restaurants. Chandler has two lakes, Bell Cow Lake and Chandler Lake, where you can enjoy many outdoor activities.
For more information on Davis and Turner Falls, check out our previous featured article