Fall is the perfect time to visit the Beavers Bend area, when the colors of the season burst across the mountainsides and along the rocky waterways.

Nestled in McCurtain County in the rugged landscape of the Ouachita National Forest lies Beavers Bend, an area known for outdoor adventures, relaxation and good old-fashioned fun. Here are a few spots to check out next time you’re in the area.

Dotting the landscape of McCurtain County are plenty of lodging options perfect for a quick getaway or weeklong stay. Many opt for one of myriad cabins that range from rustic to luxurious. Some choose the Beavers Bend State Park Lakeview Lodge, located at Highway 259 North and Steven’s Gap Road, which features 40 guest rooms all with a view of the namesake lake. Along with plenty of hiking, biking and water activities, the park boasts an 18-hole golf course and trout streams stocked year-round.


Monte Cristo sandwich at Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen

Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen recently opened at the park, too. Brent Swadley has been barbecuing for over 20 years, and recently expanded into five state parks with his new home cooking restaurants. For breakfast, try the Maple-pecan Chicken and Waffle or the Breakfast Burger, a breakfast sausage/hamburger blend patty topped with cheese, onions, poblano peppers, candied bacon and a fried egg, all on a brioche bun. Several mouthwatering burgers make up the lunch and dinner menus, as well as favorites like catfish and steaks.

In Hochatown travelers can find Hochatime, a souvenir shop that sells and sports easy living, lake life taglines on apparel, gifts, accessories and more. Pulling up to the shop at 9231 Highway 259, shoppers are greeted with a vintage RV that occupies both exterior and interior shop space and makes for a great photo op.

Just across the parking lot from Hochatime is Beaver’s Bend Mining Co., an attraction that offers gemstone mining and fossil digging activities. Kids can dig in the morning and then partake in a pirate adventure at the site’s life-size, pirate-themed play area. Prices are based on activity. Beaver’s Bend Mining Co. is open seven days a week at 9221 N. Highway 259.

Those hungry after a day of recreation can dine at any one of a dozen local restaurants. Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Tap Room, 10251 N. Highway 259, is laid-back spot for a hand-tossed pie and a pint of Oklahoma-brewed beer. Sharing a parking lot, The Blue Rooster is a Southern-style restaurant with big porches and a menu that features favorites like fried chicken, shrimp and catfish.

What’s better than an afternoon of shopping? Wine with your shopping. Girls Gone Wine, 10216 N. Highway 259, is a must for any girls’ weekend. The gift boutique has a tasting room where guests can taste a variety of wines fermented and produced onsite. The outdoor patio is a perfect spot to unwind.

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