Getting Lost in a Corn Maize

What screams fall more than pumpkin patches and corn maizes? There is nothing like picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving and enjoying an “innocent and easy” corn maize! It doesn’t matter if you’re nine or 90…you’re never too old to take part in the fall festivities.

Oklahoma has an abundance pumpkin patches, corn maizes, hay rides and many more fall activities. If you happen to be near Chickasha, be sure to visit Oklahoma’s largest and most challenging corn maize at the Reding Farm!

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A Peaceful Weekend Retreat

There are a majority of people who live in other states that believe Oklahoma is just filled with a bunch of country folk and dusty plains. In reality, yes we have country folk, but we also have city people. Yes, we have dusty plains, but more than that we have so many beautiful state parks, recreation areas and wildlife refuges that make Oklahoma the gorgeous, unique state it is.

 

In particular, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is something that can’t be missed. The wildlife refuge is located near Lawton, Okla., and offers stunning views from Mt. Scott and the chance to see all types of wildlife unique to Oklahoma making it perfect for a refreshing weekend getaway! According to the Medicine Park website, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is the second most visited wildlife refuge in the country.

View of Mount Scott.

View of Mount Scott.

 

Cody, who spoke in my post 10 Tips for Camping at a National or State Park, has visited the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

 

“When I visited the Wichita Mountains I drove up onto this hill near Medicine Park. It was directly facing Mount Scott. The views were incredible, you could see an all-around view of the lake with Mount Scott in the background,” says Cody.

 

Be prepared to see hundreds of little prairie dogs popping up out of the ground. Bison and Texas longhorns are sure to be seen. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain elk, white-tailed deer, river otters, wild turkey and many more all reside in the wildlife refuge.

 

While visiting the wildlife refuge there are many activities to enjoy during your stay.

According to Travel Oklahoma, some activities available for your enjoyment are:

  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing

Furthermore, Travel Oklahoma also lists additional attractions to visit:

  • The Holy City of the Wichitas
  • Mount Scott
  • Quanah Parker Lake
  • The Parallel Forest
  • The Forty-Foot Hole

After seeing Mount Scott from afar Cody wanted to get an even better view from the top of the mountain rather than just looking at it.

 

“I drove my standard Honda Civic hatchback up the narrow road leading to the top of Mount Scott, it was an interesting ride especially because I was following a couple on a motorcycle making some sharp turns,” says Cody. “Once I finally reached the top I could tell how the air was thinner, but the views were amazing. You could see for miles and miles.”

On top of Mt. Scott. The view is breathtaking!

On top of Mt. Scott. The view is breathtaking!

 

Also, if you’re planning a trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, you’ve got to make a pit stop at Medicine Park located outside the entrance to the wildlife refuge. Medicine Park is a quaint town with cobblestone buildings and cute shops. According to the Medicine Park website there are five music festivals in the town each year. The town also has art galleries, restaurants, an ice cream and candy store and the swimming hole that many visitors enjoy. There are plenty of places to stay from the popular resort to charming bed and breakfasts.

 

You can enjoy the picturesque Medicine Park and then visit the beautiful Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for a refreshing nature trip with some luxury added in by staying in town.

Showing Local Love

Showing pride for the state you’ve grown up in is always a great thing. Each state has different, unique landscapes that add to their individuality. When you begin exploring the state you live in it can help you realize that your state carries its own hidden gems that show their true beauty.

If you happen to live in Oklahoma, or enjoy a good road trip, visiting the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must. When you think of a national park or national recreation area your mind may immediately jump to the big leagues such as the Grand Canyon National Park or Yellowstone National Park, but sometimes smaller parks near you can have attractions and history just as great as the bigger national parks.

Joe, father of two and longtime outdoorsman, always appreciates traveling to new places and being out in the wilderness. He has visited the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and enjoyed his time there.

“My favorite part of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is how remote it seems, even when it’s so close to civilization,” says Joe.

Travertine Creek Source: Jonathan C. Wheeler

Travertine Creek
Source: Jonathan C. Wheeler

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is located in Sulphur, Okla. It along with The Artesian and many other new businesses have given Sulphur a new name for itself. The town is becoming a great place to take a little getaway to enjoy nature or do some shopping at some of the upscale shops.

Dan Winings, a park ranger at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, has knowledge and firsthand experience working in the area.

“The Park was originally established as Sulphur Springs Reservation in 1902, in order to preserve the natural mineral springs found in the park. The land was purchased from Chickasaw Nation. In 1906, the U.S. Congress designated the area Platt National Park. In 1976, 9,000 acres were added to the park and it was renamed Chickasaw National Recreation Area, in honor of the Chickasaw that originally owned the land,” says Dan.

According to the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce, streams and lakes cater to boaters, swimmers and anglers, while its forests and prairies reward hikers, wildlife photographers and campers.

“The most unique feature of the park is its location within the Cross Timbers area of Oklahoma. This area is where three different ecosystems meet together. The eastern deciduous forest, the tall grass prairie to the north and the mixed grass prairie to the west,” says Dan. “This makes Chickasaw National Recreation Area one of the most diverse areas in the U.S.”

Little Niagra Source:  Jonathan C. Wheeler

Little Niagra
Source: Jonathan C. Wheeler

Little Niagra is considered one of the hot spots at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. It draws several visitors, especially during the summer months, to its refreshing and clear water. I remember spending several great summer days enjoying the cool water at Little Niagra and relishing in the nature surrounding me.

“My favorite memory is when I was young we would travel there and campout, fish and hike. I loved Travertine Creek, it is a beautiful place to take the family,” says Joe.

There is definitely no shortage of activities to participate in when you visit the area. Dan says some of the most popular activities are:

  • Auto touring
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing

With so many activities to choose from boredom doesn’t exist during your time at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Whether you are traveling alone for a peaceful retreat or planning a memorable trip with family and friends, there’s no chance you’ll be disappointed in choosing the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Always remember to show appreciation for local parks in your state, some of the best memories can be made at them!