A scenic view from the Tailmena
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.

Talimena photo by Dennis Spielman
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.

Talimena Travel Tips:

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:

  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel. There are no gas stations directly along the byway.
  • When driving, be prepared for steep inclines, sharp turns, and sudden changes in speed. Pay close attention to road signs.
  • Bring food and drinks. There are no restaurants directly on the byway.
  • Use the bathroom before you start because there are lovely views but few bathrooms.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear for whatever activities you want to enjoy together.
  • Have fun!

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    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.

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  • Dennis Spielman

    I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com