Scenic Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is nestled in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains in the southeast corner of the state. As a nature-packed destination, it’s a prime spot for a family vacation as well as a budget-friendly couples’ getaway. Broken Bow camping is one of the major reasons travelers flock here, as there are quite a few cozy and quaint cabins for rent, especially during the summer and fall.

Whether you opt for a cabin rental or choose other accommodations, you’ll get to explore plenty of different experiences while you’re here. We’ve outlined nine ideas below.

1. Fish Tales Winery and Vineyard

Red grapes hanging on a vineyard in rows.

Great for a couple’s adventure, Fish Tales Winery and Vineyard allows you to sample its fine wines as well as tour the vineyard. At this unique winery, they grow muscadine grapes, which are native to the southeastern United States and the first to be cultivated in North America. These flavorful little grapes offer a bolder, sweeter, and more fruit-forward flavor than other varieties. Enjoy the fantastic wines that are created from this homegrown species at this wonderful vineyard. Visiting Fish Tales is one of the best things to do in Broken Bow, especially for couples coming here on a retreat.

Pro Traveler Tip: Want to still enjoy the beautiful landscaping and scenery of the winery without the alcohol? This winery also produces craft grape juice that tastes fantastic and offers a chance for those who don’t want to deal with the side effects of alcohol an opportunity to tour the grounds.

2. Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

Smallmouth bass caught in a stream in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

The areas around Broken Bow are well-known for their hunting and fishing opportunities, and this is perhaps the best spot around for those hunting deer, turkey, rabbit, and quail. This privately owned landmass spans over 200,000 acres of pine and hardwood forests, and you can access all of it with a Land Access Fee permit, even if you’re from out of town. The permit costs $40 for Oklahoma residents and $85 for nonresidents and is necessary for all persons accessing the Three Rivers WMA for any recreational purpose. Anglers are also in luck, as the WMA is bisected by the Glover River. Smallmouth bass and sunfish can be caught by light spinning tackle or fly-fishing tackle.

There are also protected species that reside here, such as the bald eagle and American alligator, offering travelers the chance to catch a glimpse of some rare native species.

Pro Traveler Tip: Want to take this journey into the wilderness to the next level? Pack a sleeping bag and tent and spend the night! Camping is permitted pretty much anywhere on the grounds as long as it’s no more than 50 yards away from an open road.

3. Glover River

The Mountain Fork River with frothing white rapids during fall.

The Glover River is a popular spot for kayakers and whitewater rafters, but it’s a challenge. A simpler route for beginners would be the nearby Mountain Fork River. Class 1 and 2 rapids reside in the frothing waters of these rivers making it a hotspot destination for any thrill seeker. Rent a canoe or kayak as well as a tour guide from one of the many local shops for a wild experience. The memories created will be sure to last a lifetime.

Pro Traveler Tip: Want to experience a calmer journey to one of these two rivers? Pack a fishing rod and perhaps lunch and enjoy a picnic from the banks of the river. Who knows? You could even catch dinner!

4. River Man Trail Rides

Two girls riding horses along a riverway.

If you’ve never been horseback riding, there’s no better time than the present to learn. At River Man Trail Rides, you can choose from more than 14 horses, and lessons and rides are available any time of year, during any season. A variety of different rides are offered here making it a perfect thing to do in Broken Bow for solo travelers, families, and even couples. Choose different length rides or even a sunset ride to get a view of the majestic landscape that surrounds Broken Bow from horseback.

Pro Traveler Tip: There is plenty more offered by this establishment other than just horseback riding. Go for a wagon ride along the river for a new way to experience nature. Fishing is also available on-site with 4-hour time slots available for catch-and-release fishing.

5. Broken Bow Lake

A rainbow in the sky during a beautiful sunset at Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma.

One of the main attractions of Broken Bow is the Broken Bow Lake. Here, you can do everything from hiking to even scuba diving. It’s also a nice place to spend the day simply relaxing. A manmade lake that was constructed in 1968 and opened in 1970, Broken Bow has been providing both residents and visitors a way to cool off and relax for over 50 years now. Rent a boat and enjoy a refreshing day floating on the water taking in the scenery. Trout and bass are also in abundance making for yet another perfect fishing opportunity. Be sure to stop here while on vacation in Broken Bow.

Pro Traveler Tip: Want to complete the experience of Broken Bow Lake and stay overnight? Many campsites are scattered along the lakeshore, and some have entire cabins for rent. The lack of light pollution makes spending the night here under the stars an awe-inspiring experience.

6. Beavers Bend State Park

A dock along a river found in Beavers Bend State Park.

Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend are so close together that many vacationers try to visit both on the same day. Beavers Bend State Park offers hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, picnic areas, and swimming. Wander through the forest on your preferred mode of transportation and get a glimpse into the serene beauty that makes up Oklahoma. The foliage in autumn is unbeatable and the colors will transform the park into a seemingly different world. Spending the day in Beavers Bend is easily one of the best things to do in Broken Bow. Add this park to the itinerary for an unbeatable journey into the wilderness.

Pro Traveler Tip: If this particular trip to Broken Bow happens to be taking place in November, be sure to stop by the annual Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show. This free-to-attend event features turn-of-the-century crafts and demonstrations, live folk music, a barnyard petting zoo, and much more. You’ll get to watch artisans showcase all manner of crafts and skills, including basket weaving, yarn spinning, quilting, papermaking, and blacksmithing. And over 50 vendors sell everything from smoked barbecue to fish tacos, burgers, kettle corn, funnel cakes and even homemade ice cream!

7. Little River National Wildlife Refuge

A scissor-tailed flycatcher (tyrannus forficatus) perched on a branch.

While some come to Broken Bow to hunt, others come to simply watch wildlife in their natural habitat. With over 15,000 acres that span lakes and wetlands, the Little River National Wildlife Refuge has everything from white-tailed deer to alligators. Unplug from the typical day-to-day experience with a calming stroll through this seemingly enchanted wilderness. The multitude of different species that reside here along with the robust variety of fauna will make for a truly picturesque experience that is great for any type of traveler.

Pro Traveler Tip: Be sure to pack a camera, whether it be a simple disposable one or a top-of-the-line digital one. This magical forest is sure to provide breathtaking photographs of the wild that will be a perfect way to commemorate the journey.

8. Lakeview Lodge Trail

An outdoor trail winding along the Broken Bow Lake.

This four-mile trail is perfect for hikers of all skill levels, including kids. Lakeview Lodge Trail is also a great place to take your mountain bike for the day. Camping is also found in abundance here, so if spending the night sounds like the perfect way to enjoy this area, you’re in luck, since there are plenty of options to do so. This is a heavily trafficked trail and it averages about an hour and a half at a decent pace. Be sure to take that into account and possibly plan a few other activities to make for a fun all-day outing.

Pro Traveler Tip: This trail is perfect for young ones if you’re planning on coming to Broken Bow as a family. The easy inclines and declines will be sure to spark the interest of hiking in any young traveler.

9. Gardner Mansion and Museum

Full of pioneer and Native American artifacts, the Gardner Mansion and Museum is a great place to spend the day while learning about American history. The mansion itself was built in the 1880s for a Choctaw chief. Today, there lies the remains of a 2,000-year-old cypress tree that was used as a navigating point for natives hundreds of years ago. Also stored here are numerous artifacts from the native peoples which serve to educate guests about the Native Americans’ presence in the southeastern states.

Pro Traveler Tip: This fabulous museum showcasing indigenous Americans’ contributions to American life is open seven days a week. At just $5 for adults and $3 for kids over the age of five, this is a wallet-friendly way to explore the local history.

Where to Stay in Broken Bow

Cabins offer a luxurious way to spend time in the wilderness while still enjoying all of the modern amenities that can be found in any hotel. Pet-friendly rentals are available too, so bringing that furry friend along won’t be a problem.

Just down the road from Broken Bow is Hochatown. This cute town offers many of the same types of rentals that can be found in Broken Bow — but at a more affordable price. Whether it’s staying in a cozy cabin to get the feel of staying outdoors or resting and relaxing in a comfortable hotel, VacationRenter brings the very best options together in one easy search.

Enjoy Your Broken Bow Getaway

Broken Bow is a small city with a big identity. Enjoy this gateway to Beavers Bend State Park, which is home to all manner of wildlife like black bears, bald eagles, and over 300 species of bird. Find a vacation rental and start planning your perfect itinerary, as there is something for every interest.