In Beavers Bend State Park, “The Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma,” the Forest Heritage Center serves as a fascinating museum that boasts a variety of unique displays and 14 large dioramas painted by artist Harry Rossoll—the creator of the famous Smokey the Bear. These dioramas alongside narration invite viewers to experience prehistoric forests, the time of Caddo Indians, 1940 lumber operations and so much more! As they walk through the extensive museum, visitors can also see the Forest Wood Art Gallery, chainsaw carvings, a century old log cabin originating in the Kiamichi Mountains, and traditional woodworking tools. Just outside the front doors of the Forest Heritage Center, visitors can relax on the deck surrounded by an array of colorful trees. The deck also holds one of fifty sculptures created by Peter Toth to honor the Trail of Tears. This totem pole is the perfect photo op to commemorate your trip to the Forest Heritage Center and Broken Bow!
Forest Heritage Center Hours of Operation:
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm