Oklahoma explorers will want to head to J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve in Tahlequah. This little-known nature preserve is the largest protected conservation area in the Ozarks. Over 17,000 acres sit in northeastern Oklahoma in Cookson Hills and overlook the beautiful Illinois River. It’s also a habitat for uncommon and migratory birds, so bird watchers will want to be sure to visit. It’s also home to three hiking trails that are all under 2 miles, so it’s great for families with small children.
Another great natural place to visit in Oklahoma is the Three Forks Nature Center in Sequoyah State Park. This one-of-a-kind nature center is open to the public and has a variety of live animals, interpretive displays, and programs for guests of all ages.
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