This Scenic 54-Mile Drive Just May Be The Most Underrated Adventure In Oklahoma
If you think scenic drives are underrated, hold tight because I’m going to show you one that will not only change your mind but will take your breath away. Imagine winding along scenic mountains featuring lush greenery and bold colors, all while passing through charming small towns. This scenic drive is only 54-miles long, so it’s the perfect adventure for a day trip. Keep reading below for all the details.
The Talimena Scenic Drive is a scenic 54-mile stretch of highway that will take you through the Ouachita National Forest.
Driving the full route will take you from Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena Arkansas. There are 22 scenic vista pull-outs along the way so there are plenty of places to admire the stunning views.
The road cuts through stunning old growth woods.
There's also a visitor center along the route where you can stop in and get more information.
The town of Talihina is known as the village between the mountains and is the Gateway to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Take some time and enjoy some good food or go shopping in one of the charming stores.
The places to explore are endless. If you're still on the drive when the sun sets, you'll need to pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming.
If you visit during the fall, there's a chance you'll faint from all the beauty. You’ll see the Winding Stair Mountains bursting with bold colors like you've never seen before in the Sooner State.
This scenic byway is popular year-round; you'll enjoy blue skies and a verdant, green landscape in the spring and summer, rich autumn hues in the fall, and a winter wonderland when it snows.
If you drive without stopping, this route will take you about an hour and ten minutes. Of course, we definitely recommend pausing to admire the view at the many scenic overlooks along the way.
What are you waiting for? Hop in the car and set out on an adventure unlike any other in the state.
I told you it was beautiful! If you’re looking for more things to do while in Talihina, check out
this destination restaurant. They have mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and pasta.
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