Road Trip: Talimena National Scenic Byway
For a road trip for the seasons, the Talimena National Scenic Byway has something to experience each season.
Visit the scenic drive in fall when the colors are spectacular.
Visit the scenic drive in winter when the snow makes a winter wonderland.
Visit the scenic drive in spring to view the flowering trees.
Visit the scenic drive in summer for a hike on the many developed trails.
Also known as The Talimena Drive, the byway runs 54-mile scenic drive through Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest. Throughout the drive, you’ll have opportunities to see a variety of wildlife and foliage. You could even pack a picnic lunch and plan to stop off on one of the many scenic points along the way. The drive itself winds into Arkansas, but even if you stay in Oklahoma, you will enjoy yourself.
I personally visited the byway last fall. I had a great time, even through I got a flat tire on the way home (adding changing a tire to my list of experiences) and I had to drive slowly on my spare. Totally worth it through! Here’s some advice for a Talimena trip:
The Talimena National Scenic Byway is in eastern Oklahoma. For visiting them during the perfect time for the leaves changing colors in the fall, visit their web site. Typically, the estimated Peak Period is the last week of October and first week of November.