Weekend getaways don't have to be expensive, full of fancy rooms and cheap restaurants. Instead, the next time you're planning a romantic weekend away from home, consider spending those two days hiking in the mountainous paradise of McCurtain County, southeast Oklahoma.
Miles and kilometers of breathtaking trails await you in the area, with trails for beginners looking for an easy ride and for the more experienced, greedy hikers who want a more challenging hike. The Beavers Bend Resort Park is a great choice for budget-minded travelers as it includes the Beavers Bend State Park, which offers free entrance.
Whichever route you choose, you and your honey will be surrounded by nature better. The Ouachita Mountains, which unlike most mountain ranges from east to west, offer spectacular views and wildlife outbursts on the road.
The park has seven trails:
This one-mile route is for the easy hiker. For the most part, the South Park Trail is flat and level, but it still offers the chance to see bald eagles flying overhead and other wildlife along the way.
The junction with the South Park Trail
Also a mile away, this trail is another beginner hiker or those who want to go back to nature, but only for a while. Like the South Park Trail, it is relatively flat and offers a relaxing walk.
Beaver Creek Crossing Trail
This path is a little more difficult. At 1.5 miles, the Beaver Creek Crossing Trail has some steep hills. This trail is a good choice for those just beyond beginner hikers.
Deer Cross – Cedar Bluff Trail
This trail is a bit more difficult than the Beaver Creek Crossing, but still suitable for those who are not yet intermediate hikers. At two miles long, the trail contains many hills, but they are not too steep.
Cedar Bluff – Beaver Lodge Trail
Six miles away, this trail is quite difficult. It contains many steep qualities that will be fun for the most serious hikers.
This trail is aptly named and is only for the most experienced hikers who can withstand altitude hiking. It is six miles long and contains a lot of steep terrain, but you will find that the climb is well worth the effort when you look at the amazing mountain views from the top.
The David Boren hiking trail
Named after the US senator and former governor of Oklahoma, this 16-mile trail is the ultimate hiking challenge. The trail starts from the low water dam at Beavers Bend Lake and then connects to the Beaver Lodge Nature Trail. This trail is well-defined, narrow and full of sharp qualities. A multi-purpose, mountain bike trail also runs for four miles, wading down the river and along the ridges.
In addition to selecting hiking trails in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, you also have a number of options when it comes to accommodation. There are hundreds of affordable cabins to choose from in the pines of the Kiamichi Mountains. The Beavers Bend Resort Park features a 40-room accommodation, 47 cabins for rent, RV connections and tent camping sites. For cheap weekend getaways, you can't look beyond the Beavers Bend State Park, which is also within easy reach, just two to four hours from Dallas / Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Little Rock and Shreveport.