This Rural Road Trip Will Lead You To Some Of The Best Countryside Hidden Gems In Oklahoma
The Sooner State is home to many rural areas. We found several that are hiding some true hidden gems in northeast Oklahoma and put together a road trip that will take you to seven of them. The trip is 250 miles long and can be driven all in a day! Follow along below or click
this interactive map to change the route to fit your needs.
1. Lendonwood Gardens - Grove
This eight-acre garden in the town of Grove will delight you with its gazebo, bridges, shaded pathways, and over 1,200 plants. It also offers one of the largest rhododendron collections in the southwest.
2. Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP) - Locust Grove
Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP) is not your typical museum. It’s probably the tiniest museum you’ll find in the state and one of the coolest places to visit if you enjoy reading, especially poetry. On your road trip, be sure and check out this interactive museum that’s filled with poetry, games, and everything unique.
3. The Nut House - Claremore
One of the coziest stores in Oklahoma can be found on Route 66 in an old log cabin. The Nut House opened over 40 years ago serving the freshest pecans around. Today, they sell not only their native pecans but many other nuts and some of the freshest fudge in the state.
4. The Peach Barn - Porter
Few things taste better in the hot Oklahoma summers than a juicy ripe peach. Porter peaches are known throughout the state as being the best. The Peach Barn in Porter serves up some of the best peaches and peach creations we have ever tasted. They have peach barbecue sauce, peach butter, peach salsa, and numerous other delights you cannot find anywhere else.
5. Jincy's Kitchen - Park Hill
Cooked from scratch meals are hard to come by these days when dining out, but that’s not the case at Jincy’s Kitchen in Qualls, Oklahoma. This small town restaurant might be way out in the countryside, but they have the best doggone (homemade) food you’ve tried in ages. Everything (except the fried okra) is homemade at Jincy's Kitchen. From the biscuits and gravy to the mashed potatoes and rolls, everything is fresh and delicious.
6. Shad's Catfish Hole - Sallisaw
Shad’s Catfish Hole is a hidden dining gem tucked away in Sallisaw that serves some of the best fried catfish and hushpuppies in the midwest. The tin building has no windows and the ambiance is lacking a bit, but the food is off-the-charts delicious.
7. Spiro Mounds Archeological Center - Spiro
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, in Spiro, is made up of protected lands comprising 150 acres. It is one of the most interesting places to visit as it is home to 12 different mounds from which a huge collection of artifacts has been unearthed.
How many of these places have you visited? What are some of your favorite countryside hidden gems? Share in the comments!
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Lendonwood Gardens, 1308 Har-Ber Rd, Grove, OK 74345, USA
Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, 416 E Main St, Locust Grove, OK 74352, USA
The Nut House, 26677 OK-66 Unit A, Claremore, OK 74019, USA
The Peach Barn - Orchard & Bakery, 3557 W, OK-51B, Porter, OK 74454, USA
Jincy's Kitchen, 31392 S Qualls Rd, Park Hill, OK 74451, USA
Shad's Catfish Hole, 462700 E 1140 Rd, Sallisaw, OK 74955, USA
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 N 1st St, Spiro, OK 74959, USA