Make Broken Bow Your Next Weekend Getaway

Visit Broken Bow over the weekend.

If you’ve got a free weekend coming up (or perhaps you’re looking for a quick Spring Break vacation destination), consider taking your RV out to Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Broken Bow is a great place to base yourself for weekend fun. Adjoining Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend Resort Park, Ouachita National Forest, and the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers, Broken Bow offers you access to a number of attractions. The town itself is also charming if you want to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, and dining.

Here are some of the best ways to spend your weekend at Broken Bow and the surrounding area:

1. Get in Some Fly Fishing

Broken Bow has a number of spectacular fishing spots within easy driving distance, including Mountain Fork River and Glover River. If you’ve never been fly fishing, you can always get a guided day trip in Broken Bow to learn the basics and maybe catch a few fish.

2. Take a Horseback Ride

There are several stables in the region that offer you the chance to take a horse out on the trails with a tour guide. The horse trails are scenic and dynamic as you ford creeks and climb up and down mountains.

3. Grab Some Food or Drink from a Local Establishment

Broken Bow has some great dining options available. You can hit up Grateful Head Pizza for some of the best pies in the state, Mountain Fork Brewery for some local craft brews, or Adam & Eve’s General Store for a cup of coffee and a snack.

4. Take a Train Ride Around Beavers Bend State Park…

Take a relaxing train ride in a replica 1800s train around Beavers Bend State Park. The train stations at Beavers Bend Depot and the tracks take you around the park on a scenic ride with great views of the landscape. There are multiple departures each day and it doesn’t take too long, so be sure to fit it in sometime over the weekend.

5. …or Hike Through the Park Instead

You can also get some fresh air and explore the natural beauty of Beavers Bend State Park more up close and personal. The park has an extensive trail system (the David L. Boren Hiking Trail) that offers a hike for any hiker of any skill level. It’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, yet leaves some time to do something else in the same day.

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The Best Places in Oklahoma for Fried Chicken

While Oklahoma may not be commonly known for delicious fried chicken, that’s just because the locals like to keep it a secret. In truth, you’ll find some of the best fried chicken joints in the nation right here in Oklahoma and your RV is the perfect way to visit them all as you see everything else that the state has to offer. If you love some authentic, homemade fried chicken, look no further than one of these restaurants, diners, and hole-in-the-wall eateries.

Evelyn’s Soul Food – Tulsa

The place to go in Tulsa for some hearty fried chicken, all served with heaping soul food sides. Juicy chicken is seasoned with Evelyn’s unique spice blend and then fried just right. All the entrees and sides come from family recipes, including the collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and sweet yams. Give it a try when you drive through Tulsa.

Mama E’s Wings & Waffles – Oklahoma City

Mama E’s has been an OKC staple for years and was one of the city’s hidden gems for almost as long. That changed when the restaurant was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, but the food, fortunately, never changed. In fact, the menu has expanded in recent years and offers more choices than ever before. Despite that, the standout dish has and shall remain the exquisite fried chicken wings. As the name of the restaurant would imply, these are best served atop a fluffy and fresh waffle. The savory and sweet factor of the dish can be kicked up a notch with some signature hot sauce and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Eischen’s Bar – Okarche

The king of fried chicken in Oklahoma and undoubtedly one of the country’s best, you owe it to yourself to stop in at Eischen’s Bar for a meal if you’re coming within a hundred miles of Okarche. The detour is worth it, trust us. Eischen’s Bar is an institution and they’ve been serving up their glorious version of fried chicken for nearly half a century now. They keep it simple at Eischen’s: there are only eight items on the menu. The obvious choice is the whole fried chicken, which is served with white bread, pickles, and white onion.

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Road Trip: The Chisholm Trail

If you’re planning on an RV road trip through Oklahoma in the coming weeks or months (or even if you’re here already and looking for somewhere to go!), you should definitely consider following the path of the old Chisholm Trail.

Located along the length of what is now US 81, the Chisholm Trail is an iconic cattle drive trail used more than a century ago during the historic cattle drives that fueled the western cattle industry. The trail served Texan ranchers as they drove their cattle stock up north to buyers. The route today passes through historic towns with both charm and culture.

Starting in Duncan, you can check out the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, which will introduce you to Jesse Chisholm, who was the trail’s namesake. There’s even a life-size diorama of cowboys and longhorns that replicates the terrain of the old trail, which visitors are welcome to enter for an up close view of what it would have looked and felt like. Other interactive exhibits include trying your hand at lassoing or riding a (mechanical) bucking bronco.

Move on to Marlow afterwards to learn something about outlaws and cattle rustlers along the Chisholm Trail. Marlow is actually named for the Marlow brothers, an unfortunate tale of brothers who were wrongly convicted of cattle rustling. The Marlow Area Museum includes artifacts from the Marlow family and the trial. The museum even displays the original tombstones for Alfred, Boone, and Lewellyn Marlow.

Other stops can include Yukon, Kingsfisher, and Enid, each of which has a special connection to the Chisholm Trail.

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Family Friendly Cold Weather Attractions in Oklahoma

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If you own an RV, chances are you try to take it out as much as you can during the year. Of course, you probably still spend most of your time at home, dreaming of the road. If you reside in Oklahoma City, like Leisure Time RV, and are looking for things to do, there’s lots of adventure to be had. Since it’s winter and pretty chilly outside, we thought we’d present you with some of OKC’s best indoor, family-friendly destinations.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art

With three stories of permanent and special exhibits, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art houses an expansive collection of American and European artwork. On Saturdays between 1 and 4pm, you and your family can drop in and create your own art in a fun guided workshop meant to inspire creativity and connect participants with art and art movements more intimately.

The Science Museum of Oklahoma

For those who want to learn more about the world around them, the Science Museum of Oklahoma offers a full day of fun and learning. The special CurioCity exhibit is a favorite, comprising 20,000 sq. ft. of hands-on activities that help bridge the gap between fact and fun. Both small kids and teens will engage with the interactive exhibits and learn something in the process.

The Oklahoma History Center

Bring Oklahoma’s history to tangible life, the Oklahoma History Center demonstrates how much Oklahoma and Oklahomans have contributed to the country. See authentic artifacts, historical relics, and finely details exhibits that cover every topic from famous people to Oklahoman arts and culture.

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Your Guide to RV Camping in Oklahoma

If you’re new to RVing, new to Oklahoma, or new to both, this quick guide is for you. Oklahoma is a fantastic state for RV travel and camping and possesses hundreds of opportunities to RVers.

Part of the reason why Oklahoma is such a great state for RVing is that it contains the longest stretch of preserved Route 66 anywhere in the country. The old roadside charm of Route 66 is still in full force in Oklahoma and makes a drive along its length one full of leisure and fun, especially if you’re in an RV.

Oklahoma also has over two dozen state parks and all of them welcome RVers with sites that are big enough for any rig. Most even have hookups for your RV’s systems and utilities.

Some of Oklahoma’s best RV spots include Lake Eufaula or Beavers Bend State Park (both are full of natural beauty), Winstar RV Park (located near Winstar World Casino), and Corral Drive-In Theater and RV Park (where you can catch a movie like you would at a regular drive-in from the comfort of your RV).

You may additionally want to check out Marval Family Camping Resort for glamping (glamorous camping) enhanced by a mini golf course, game room, swimming pool, and standard luxury amenities for every RV site.

Then there’s Lake Thunderbird State Park, which is regarded as Oklahoma’s mountain biking capital. There are over 18.5 miles in the biking trail network through some of Oklahoma’s most thrilling landscapes.

If you plan on fishing anywhere you visit in Oklahoma, make sure to have a current Oklahoma fishing license if you are over 16 years of age.  You can purchase your Oklahoma fishing license online, or at bait/tackle shops, convenience stores and some grocery stores.

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Destination: Lake Eufaula

The largest lake in Oklahoma, Lake Eufaula is also one of Oklahoma’s most spectacular natural areas. Covering 105,500 surface acres and boasting 800 miles of shoreline, there’s almost no end when you’re exploring the waters or walking the shore.

If you want to explore the waters, you’re in luck: there are dozens of marinas and rental places dotting the coast, so you don’t even have to drag your own boat out with you. Rental options include houseboats, pontoon boats, ski boats, and paddle boats. The marinas usually, and conveniently, offer accessories and groceries, so they can serve as one-stop-shops for all of your boating aspirations on Lake Eufaula.

Whether you bring a boat or rent one, access to the lake is easy with numerous boat ramps located around the lake. The lake is perfect for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

Fishing is also abundant on the lake and can be done year-round. Some marinas even feature heated, fully-enclosed docks for ultimate fishing comfort even on the coldest of days. Fishers can expect a chance to catch white bass, catfish, crappie, and stripers.

If you turn your sights back to the shore, you can plan day hikes along the numerous trails that run parallel to the shore of Lake Eufaula. Many species call Lake Eufaula home and are readily spotted on a daily basis. The trails are open to hikers and some are even open to horseback riding or ATVs.

If you’re a hunter, there are 31,800 acres of public hunting around the lake, where deer, quail, geese, and ducks can all be found.

Two campgrounds, Arrowhead Area and the eponymous Lake Eufaula State Park campground offer 18-hole golf courses if you want to change things up a bit and get away from the lake and hiking trails.

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Drive Route 66 This Winter

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Driving the course of Route 66 has almost become an American pastime. Did you know that there’s a fair chunk that rolls right through Oklahoma? There’s some pretty good stuff to see along Route 66’s Oklahoma stretch, so you’re in luck if you’re starting out here in Oklahoma City with Leisure Time RV.

Cain’s Ballroom

Celebrate the evolution of American music at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. From hard rock to blues to honky-tonk, this converted garage has turned into a musical center in Oklahoma.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Stop in at Oklahoma City, home of Leisure Time RV, to check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With over 8,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum is a comprehensive look at what cowboys were really like through authentic items that were actually used back in the day. There’s also a gallery of world-class Western art pieces, including works by Remington, Russell, Moran, and Bierstadt.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

Located in Clinton, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a must-see if you’re about to travel Route 66 or are just wrapping it up. Take a step back in time with interactive displays that will give insight into the history and lore of the route.

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Whether you’re headed east to west, west to east, or even starting here in Oklahoma City, you’ll definitely want to add Leisure Time RV to your list of stops. We can help get your rig in good shape to handle Route 66 beyond Oklahoma or even show you some of our units for sale if it’s time you got into your own RV.

Check Out One of Oklahoma’s Most Delicious Landmarks

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When you’re cruising Oklahoma in your RV this fall or winter, we imagine you’ll be on the lookout for cool places to stop. After all, while the destination is always your goal, the journey along the way can get pretty stale if you never stop to smell the roses.

This delicious landmark has graced Oklahoma for over a century, but you can easily pass it by if you don’t know to look for it. It’s in a pretty nondescript building and doesn’t go out of its way to advertise and missing out would be a real shame.

Eischen’s Bar in Okarche is billed as Oklahoma’s oldest bar, founded in 1896, and it’s still going strong. Every day and night it’s got locals rubbing elbows with tourists, though everyone is there for the same reason: the simple yet delicious menu.

When we say simple, we mean there aren’t that many options on there. There is, however, a specialty: their famous whole fried chicken. At $11, you get 8 pieces of fried chicken with bread, pickles, and onion on the side. Eischen’s cooks over 4000 birds a week and gets visitors from all over the U.S. and beyond. There’s also BBQ and chili available at Eischen’s if you’re not big on fried chicken and, of course, plenty of beers on tap.

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Drive the Talimena National Scenic Byway

The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage. Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an official National Scenic Byway, the Talimena Drive was built specifically to highlight the area’s beautiful foliage and spans one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.

Weaving through the brightly-colored trees of the Ouachita National Forest, Talimena National Scenic Byway is the perfect route to take in your RV this fall as you travel through southeast Oklahoma. The views don’t get better than this. Don’t forget to pack your picnic supplies, because there are numerous overlooks to stop at and stretch your legs and to enjoy a good meal.

Stretching between Talihina, Oklahoma, and Mena, Arkansas, the Talimena National Scenic Byway hugs the slopes and peaks of the mountains as you travel it, offering stunning panoramic views of fall forest sprawling to the horizon in all directions.

Awash in vibrant shades of red and gold, the forested slopes that surround the Talimena Drive have made this scenic byway an autumn hot spot and the crown jewel of the region. Numerous viewpoints and scenic turnoffs along the Talimena National Scenic Byway provide visitors with spectacular views of the fall color change. Stop at one of the 22 designated vistas along the route and take full advantage of the route’s interpretive signage as you take in the beauty of the area’s endless fall foliage.


Travel Throughout Oklahoma in Your RV

There’s no better way to admire Oklahoma’s fall foliage than in the comfort and convenience of an RV from Leisure Time RVs in Oklahoma City. Stop in and see us to start your new RV lifestyle today.

Float the River at Tahlequah, Oklahoma

While it may officially be fall, the weather here in Oklahoma doesn’t feel like it yet. That means there’s still time to get in some last second water-based adventures. From swimming holes to leisure days at the lake, Oklahoma has got you covered.

Maybe you’re more into canoeing, kayaking, and rafting? Head over to where the Illinois River passes near Tahlequah for some quality time on the river in your watercraft of choice.

It’s good time on the water for people of all ages and skill levels since the water is so gentle. That means it’s the perfect spot to take the whole family if you’re looking for a quick trip that everyone will enjoy.

The Illinois River in this area represents 60+ miles of scenic waterway as it winds through the Cookson Hills of northeastern Oklahoma. The area specifically around Tahlequah is made for a relaxing float down the river. There’s a high concentration of outfitters in that region along with plenty of extracurricular recreational opportunities, so all you have to do is show up and let the outfitters figure out the rest.

How you see the river is up to you, though canoes, kayaks, and inflatable rafts are the most popular.

Kayaks are a great option if it’s just you and another person since they’re the perfect size for two and are highly maneuverable.

Canoes are good for parties of about three and are also easy to maneuver.

Rafts are the go-to if you’ve got a big party and you’re not worried about getting anything done fast.

In any case, head out there the next time you’ve got some time off. It’s a great weekend or day trip that everyone will love.

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Before you hit the road this fall for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Leisure Time RV so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Leisure Time RV and find one that’s right for you.