With affordable lodging and entertainment, close proximity to Oklahoma City and Dallas, and dozens of family activities, Arbuckle Country really is the Spring Break destination of choice,” Arbuckle Country Marketing Association Director Kim Little said. “The hardest decision will be deciding what to do first!”
Just off Interstate-35, outdoor enthusiasts will find adventure on Lake Murray.
At Oklahoma’s oldest state park, visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports including boating, fishing, scuba diving, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. Stay dry on the mainland at Lake Murray by playing golf or miniature golf, riding horses, cruising trails on an ATV or having a picnic.
“Lake Murray is a great vacation spot for families,” Little said. “The park has so many activities for people of all ages. Dad can golf in the morning, while Mom rides in a paddleboat with the kids. In the afternoon, the whole family can go horseback riding or take a spin around the lake. It really has something for everyone.”
Lake Murray State Park can be contacted by calling 580.223.6600.
Visitors to Lake Murray looking for a luxurious spring break will love Oklahoma Bed & Berth, floating villas for those who have always wanted to live on water.
According to www.oklahomabedandberth.com, visitors will relax in “living rooms with panoramic views of the lake and its wooded coves,” and watch “the sunrise from your own private balcony or the sunset from your deck. If you enjoy watching wildlife, boating, fishing or just relaxing in the afternoon, this is the place for you.”
For more information or for reservations, call 580.223.0088 or visit their website.
Just a little further north on 1-35, visitors will enjoy the great outdoors in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA). The CNRA is the only federal recreation area in Oklahoma and its fresh water springs have always been a unique attraction for visitors.
Visitors wanting fresh air and a little exercise can also hike one of CNRA’s six (6) hiking trails. The trails, ranging in distance from ½ mile to 2.8 miles, offer visitors an up close and personal experience within the CNRA and vary in difficulty and scenery.
A visit to the CNRA isn’t complete without stopping by the Travertine Nature Center, which houses information about the area’s history, wildlife, geology and activities.
For more information about the CNRA, please call 580.622.3165 or visit thier website.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure, visit Cross Bar Ranch near Turner Falls.
Formerly a prosperous cattle ranch, Cross Bar is now a 6,500-acre wilderness adventure offering primitive camping, horseback riding, hiking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, as well as an ATV and motorcycle off-road area.
Cross Bar Ranch’s Off-Road Riding Area of mountain terrain is the largest off-road riding area in the region for ATVs and motorcycles.
Locals say the ranch is full of wildlife and will offer families and outdoor enthusiasts a true wilderness experience!
The ranch is closed during hunting season and you should call ahead to schedule your trip. Please call 580.369.2444 for more information or visit their website.
While you’re in the area, take in the beauty and tranquility of Lake of the Arbuckles.
Don’t have a boat? Don’t sweat it! Visit Arbuckle Boat Rentals on the Lake of the Arbuckles and rent a pontoon boat, paddleboat, kayak or canoe. Their watercraft fleet gives visitors an opportunity to take full advantage of Lake of the Arbuckles.
For more information or to make a boat rental reservation, please call 580.622.5790 or 580.618.1123. You may also visit www.arbuckleboatrentals.com.
In addition to hiking, water sports and various outdoor adventures, golf enthusiasts will find several outstanding golf courses sprinkled across Arbuckle Country.
From the award winning Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort, located on Lake Texoma, to one of the many small, nine-hole municipal courses, Arbuckle Country golf courses provide diversity for every style of golfer.
“It would take me hours to tell people about all the exciting activities here in Arbuckle Country,” Little said. “We’re affordable, we’re close and we’re one-of-a-kind. Come experience south-central Oklahoma firsthand and I guarantee you’ll come back again and again.”
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