By Christian Toews
From the May 2022 Biskinik
In the first article of this series, we began our road trip around Choctaw Country. We visited Hugo, Idabel and Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
Since the last article, the trees have started to bloom, and everything has become greener with life.
The classic Oklahoma storms have also begun to arrive. But as the old saying goes, April’s showers bring May’s flowers. So, pack up the car and take a road trip through Choctaw Country to watch spring bloom across the southeastern part of Oklahoma.
We will begin the second part of our road trip in Honobia, Oklahoma.
From Broken Bow, where we stopped in the last article, head north to find the small community of Honobia.
While it might be a small town, it has a considerable reputation.
It is one of the hottest spots in the United States for Bigfoot sightings and tales.
Every year, Honobia hosts an annual Bigfoot festival.
Vendors, believers and even television shows gather at the festival to share new information, swap stories and celebrate this legendary creature.
According to honobiabigfoot.com, the 2022 bigfoot festival will take place on September 30 and October 1, 2022.
Shawna Cline owns the Honobia Creek Store & RV Park. She said over 5,000 people make their way to the area for the annual festival.
Cline has owned and operated the Honobia Creek Store with her husband, Chris, for 15 years. “I didn’t realize how many bigfoot believers there were. People come from all over the country and all around the world,” she said.
While the festival in the fall draws large crowds to Honobia, there are plenty of other reasons to visit. Oklahoma’s Little River runs through this area and is excellent for kayaking.
There are many trails to ride side-by-sides and ATVs. Rent a cabin, tent camp or bring your RV and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the great outdoors.
Photo by Christian Toews
Honobia, Oklahoma, is home to the Bigfoot Festival and crystal clear skies perfect for stargazing.
Another popular activity in this area is stargazing.
According to Cline, many people visit and stay to look at the stars. “There have been several people who have camped or brought their RV and took photos of the stars because you can see them so well,” she said. “We stop and look at the stars all the time. I didn’t realize how many people don’t get to do that.”
The Honobia Creek Store also offers a restaurant and a wide selection of merchandise.
One person left a review on Google saying:
“After three years, I had this burger again and it was as amazing as I remember. We stopped there yesterday and the staff is so friendly. The food is amazing.”
If you are looking for a unique outdoor experience, look no further than Honobia on your road trip.
For more information on Honobia Creek Store, check out the Store’s Facebook page.
Our next destination is beautiful Poteau, Oklahoma.
The drive from Honobia to Poteau is breathtaking. You will travel past some of the best scenic views in Oklahoma on your way.
Once you arrive, the options for activities and things to see are almost endless.
Grab a cuppa Joe at the Coffee Cup downtown, then head to Runestone Park in nearby Heavener, which has an artifact from some of the area’s earliest settlers. You can also check out Cavanal Hill, which is known as the “world’s highest hill” because it is barely shy of being classified as a mountain.
If you want to learn even more about the area’s history, you can visit the LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowry.
One of the most popular attractions in this area is the Poteau Balloon Fest.
You will be dazzled as the sky is filled with hot air balloons. Stay until the sun goes down, and you will see a truly unique hot air balloon experience where the balloon glows light up the sky. Poteau is a genuinely unique stop along our road trip through Choctaw Country.
To find out more about activities and attractions, you can visit poteau-ok.com.
The final stop on this leg of our road trip is a short drive from Poteau to the town of Pocola, Oklahoma.
This is the perfect location to stop for the night or enjoy some world-class cuisine. Pocola is home to one of the three Choctaw Casino & Resort locations.
This resort is for those searching for a unique experience, where you can enjoy tacos and burgers or steak and shrimp. Enjoy entertainers and try your luck at the tables, this resort offers everything you need to make a road trip stop or a weekend getaway an unforgettable experience.
If you feel adventurous during your stay, you can step right outside Choctaw Country and visit Fort Smith, Arkansas, where there are even more entertainment and attraction options.
Pocola is the perfect place to stop along our road trip if you are looking for a luxury experience for any budget or interest.
To find out more about the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Pocola, you can visit choctawcasinos.com/pocola.
Be sure to join us again next month for the final portion of our road trip through Choctaw Country.
Things to Do
- Choctaw Casino & Resort – Pocola
- Kerr Arboretum Trails & Nature Trails
- Heavener Runestone Park
- Spiro Mounds
- Lake Wister State Park