__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

FREE

e n i z a ma g

Find everything you need inside: Maps

Your Field Guide to Vacationing in and around the Arbuckles The Arbuckles TELEPHONE COMPANY

Lodging Restaurants Attractions Shopping Guide Calendar of Events

www.visitthearbuckles.com Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

1


NOW SERVIN G MARG ARITAS !

SUMMER HOURS: Open 11am-9pm Closed Tues.

WINTER HOURS:

LUNCHLS! SPECIA

2

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

September 15th-March 31st Open 11am-8pm Fri.-Sat. 11am-9pm Closed Tues.


– e d i u g d l e fi

be encountered t h ig m t a th s ct bje cribing natural o r instruction; o n o ti a rm fo in a guidebook des c basi the ething that offers m so ; d ids in improving el a fi ; e ex th d in in s, p a m photographs, typically includes d in the field. se u e b are to ed n ig uckle Area. We of ge; des d do in the Arb s state of knowled there is to see an lebrating 35 year

ld guide for all 2020, we are ce g memories… azine is your fie d adventure. In and create lastin le ib Fun Times Mag t the welcome mat to this gran ss po e tim the best ou also here to roll pping guests so they may have ui eq w d an g in inform geological windo a joy! are said to be a ch hi w e. , se ns to ai and it has been nt all r Mou d open fo is the Arbuckle rmations are lai klahoma’s jewel , the unusual fo em th h verse ug South-central O ro th ul waters and di ith I-35 slicing sed with beautif pes of water sports and es bl into our past. W is h rt ea t d to all ty of of God’s grea ation. The lives uth, this patch ks and springs len From north to so ie and forest. Lakes, rivers, cree family fun and historical inform air fer ecosystems of pr ational, state and city parks of r all to learn about and enjoy. N fo n. d te tio ra xa ze. st la re on m ne sere through the bree settlers are de aw as ick Ch pline with zest ay zi d an , ve am ha the early-d re u st a by. Yo ke a walk, swim letting life drift . e the place to ta ken care of and e price of freedom y, th t ou ab n ar The Arbuckles ar laxation you are after, being ta le og to ol d ge an re rs ra le g tt in se re in l Maybe it is tota alk in the footsteps of early-day that comes in the form of exam w er y”. opportunities to ounds in the Arbuckles, wheth ab t of “retail therap g bi in a nt or e hu ur re to su d de Trea ui -g er e in this land w ng ra a , taking enjoying your tim maps to cities and d an ng ni going “ junking” an pl on rvices, d to assist you references to se agazine is create buckle Area with from area businesses. Ar e th to The Fun Times M or sit tations to serve the vi culars stories and invi love. We strive knapsack, or bino a ns, informative io ct tra at of gs t. Butterfly net, be es ill qu w e n th fu r parks, listin e fo m t ou ” so de” in hand, set ingness to “bag uckle Field Gui r adventure is a must! The will With your “Arb fo t iri n, Publisher required. A sp –LaQuita Dayto u here. yo not necessarily g ein se to d forwar bonus. We look

F rg tten Wheels M U S E U M What started as a fascination with vintage Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, has morphed in to a love of antique wheels of all kinds. Forgotten Wheels Museum is now a collection of historical items, some on 2 wheels, some on 4 wheels, most relating to motorcycles… or those that love them!

• Vintage Motorcycles, cars, trucks, gas pumps, signs & more • Gift & Antique Shop • Complete HD Hummer Collection Free admission – museum operates only on your donations – they keep history alive Open: March-November - Wed-Sat 10am-5pm - Winter Hours call or check Facebook Group/School Tours upon request • Handicap Access

1775 S. Hwy 77 • South of Davis, OK • 580-369-2764 • 580-369-8406 or 8704 www.forgottenwheelsmuseumandantiques.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

3


Photo courtesy Kristen Taylor

Year-round Playground Getting away to the Arbuckles is a year-round possibility. The south-central section of the great state of Oklahoma is blessed with moderate weather in all seasons. Mother Nature a la Arbuckles dresses herself in splendor for visitors at all times. The most common time to visit the area is in the summer. Schools are out and family activities abound. If the going gets too hot, the hot get going to one of the many lakes, streams or rivers for a cool down. And there is always an air-conditioned adventure to be found just around the corner. Autumn in the Arbuckles is awesome! The temps are milder and the pace is slower. You will still find plenty to do, but the opportunity to stroll through a weekend instead of run and to enjoy God’s handiwork with fall foliage and changing scenery, is worth the effort it takes to “gear down.” Winter here has a beauty of its own. In nature, winter is a time when plants and animals rest and prepare for the spring. Maybe we should heed the advice. Even in the winter, temperatures are

still mild enough most of the time for a walk in our many parks and lake areas. Jack Frost doesn’t often come nipping, but on the rare occasion that he brings some white fluff, the contrast of dark, bare trees against crisp white snow with crystal clear streams running, leaves you awestruck. Many area cabins and lodging have fireplaces to curl up by. Toss some hot chocolate mix in your bag and come on! Finally…spring. The Arbuckles begin to awaken and bloom. While things begin to “green-up”, you could take the opportunity to cure that last bit of cabin fever with a getaway. The landscape seems to change daily with trees leafing out, the Redbuds (our state tree) begin to blossom deep pink buds and cover the mountainside and wildflowers pop up everywhere. Activities, attractions and lodgings are easier to get in to. A springtime sabbatical is probably just the tonic you need to regroup and refocus. As you can see, the Arbuckles can be your year-round playground. Come have some fun!

2116 W. Broadway Sulphur, Oklahoma

(580) 622-6500

Howdy Folks!!

1-800-800-8000

Country Day’s RV Park A peaceful RV Park for Country Folk 40+ 15 sites in a quiet rural setting Open all year • Full Hook-up • Pets Welcome • Laundry/Shower House • 30/50 Amp • All Bills Paid • Wifi • ADT • Several Pull-thru • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates • Secured Entry Gate

2232 Cedar Blue Road • Sulphur, OK

Near Buckhorn Area of Arbuckle Lake (East side)

www.countrydaysrvpark.com | 580-618-3768

4

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

www.super8.com • RV/Truck Parking • Newly Renovated • Iron & Ironing Board • Senior Discount • HD Satellite TV w/140 Channels • Non-Smoking Rooms • Suite Room

• Free High-Speed Internet • Free Super Start Plus Breakfast • Guest Laundry / Business Center • King / 2 Queen Size Beds • Pets Allowed (with Fee) • Walking Distance to Restaurants • Micro/Fridge/Hair Dryer/Alarm Clock


TABLE OF CONTENTS Advertiser Index ................................................53 Calendar of Events ............................................ 38 Contact Information..........................................38 Fun Times Publishing Info .................................53 RV Camping ......................................................37 Shopping Guide ........................................... 26-27 Things to See & Do ..................................... 20-23 Welcome.............................................................3 What’s for Dinner? ...................................... 34-35 Where to Stay? ........................................... 28-29 Where to Meet? ................................................42 Maps Ardmore .......................................................50 Chickasaw Nat’l Recreation Area/ Arbuckle Lake .......................................30 Davis/Sulphur ......................................... 16-17 Dougherty .................................................... 41 I-35/Exits ......................................................15 Lake Murray State Park .................................48

ARBUCKLE TRAIL RIDES, LLC

RIDING YEAR ‘ROUND in the ARBUCKLE MOUNTAIN area NOW RIDING IN THE NATIONAL PARK & ON PRIVATE RANCHES

• Scenic Guided Trail Rides

• Group rates

• Well trained gentle horses

• Active Military discounts

• Lessons and schooling rides • Safe trail horses for sale at all times • Scenic photo opportunities

• 20 years of SAFE trail rides

E-mail: wolfeden@brightok.net www.arbuckletrailrides.com • www.wolferanch.com

(580) 993-0097

(580) 622-6326

Turner Falls cover photo by James Redeker

• Wi-Fi/Satellite TV • Each Sleeps 4 • Full Kitchen/Linens

• Storm Shelter On Site • Central Heat/Air • Some w/Fireplaces

• Grills/Firepits/Picnic Tables • 2 Private Ponds • Daily - Weekly - Monthly Rental

Near Arbuckle Lake & Chickasaw National Park (Buckhorn Area)

Cozy, Secluded LOG CABINS with Themed Decor and One CHAPEL COTTAGE

Cedar Creek Cabins • (405) 659-3128 or (405) 620-1549 www.cedarcreekcabinsok.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

5


Celebrating 35 Years!

The Fun Times Magazine celebr ates its 35th birt year has seen pr hday in 2020. Ea ogression and ch ch ange in moving businesses of so forward to serv uth-central Okl e th e ah om fun journey. a, and it has been a The first edition of the Fun Times was a tabloid siz order of 10,000 e newspaper with copies. The mag one ink color, 12 azine is now a fu copies printed so pages and a prin ll color, all gloss me years. It is als t publication, with o in a digital form as many as 100, I loved meeting at. 000 visitors and pote ntial visitors ne the way about pr eding informatio inting, graphics n to plan their va and layout, abou distribution. Mor cation. I learned t stor y writing an e fulfilling than along d editing, about all of that, I got their businesses. circulation and to know my adve I experienced th rt ise rs e excitement of better and dream owners to rechar start-up entrepr s they had for ge those that be eneurs and carri came discourage for different need ed that to establ d. I have been able s that they have ished to network adve . These factors ar being a small pa rtisers together e the heart of th rt of helping bu e Fun Times and th sinesses grow is a tremendous sa e most enjoyabl I am very apprec e; tisfaction. iative of the ente rprises that cam of those are still e on board with with me 35 year me when this w s later. With ea up with friends as just a vision. ch edition, I mee that continue to Many t new advertise market their bu partnerships are rs , as well as catch sin es s a blessing to me through the Fun and I value and Times. These lo beginning missio am honored by ng-standing n that started it the trust they pl all is still the dr in the Arbuckle ace in me. The iving force…to s and to welcom promote the area e and inform ou we inhabit. and the busines r guests about th ses is beautiful piec e of God’s earth that –LaQuita Dayto

n, Publisher

LOOKING FOR A FUN GETAWAY OR PRIVATE RETREAT? The Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center is a beautiful and scenic Oklahoma venue that is tucked between the Lake of the Arbuckles and the Arbuckle Mountains. It offers stunning countryside and panoramic views, along with amenities that are sure to be the getaway you desire.

AMENITIES INCLUDE:

C H I C K A S AW R E T R E AT. C O M 4205 Goddard Youth Camp Road Sulphur, OK 73086 1-855-899-8260

6

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

• • • •

Luxurious Rooms and Suites Meeting Spaces Indoor Pool and Hot Tub Fat Bullys Sunset Ridge Restaurant

• Disc Golf Course • Ropes Course • Wellness Center, Walking Tracks, Steam Rooms, and Saunas • Sole’renity Spa


Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

7


Happiness is Homemade Happiness is Homemade. For the RockHouse Bakery & Gifts, these words are not some contrived marketing phrase. It is the sentiment your taste buds are conveying to your brain after you have sampled the wares at this sweet establishment.

A stop at the RockHouse will delight your desire for freshly made foods, be it soups, sandwiches, salads or a little something from the sweet “food group”. Speaking of sweets, prepare for cookies, cakes, pies and all variety of special desserts. Many baked goods may be special ordered for take-home. The perfect partner for your treat will be a cup of specialty coffee or tea… and a little bit of unhurried time! This is a family-operated business and each member brings something different to the table. Betty Stephens has been feeding people beautiful meals for years, commonly being encouraged to do it as a business. So, upon retirement from her state job, she took on a new career. The family worked for 2 years to restore the rock house on Main Street, while weaving a vision of what the business would encompass. Daughter Theresa, a.k.a. “The Cookie Lady”, is a trained chef and turns out sumptuous cakes and cookies. Granddaughters Aelisha, Elizabeth and Abigail assist with business, retail, marketing and social media. Dad Danny is tapped for handy-man jobs…and tastetesting. Everyone has a part and the end result is to the delight of the guests. Betty states that the biggest blessing of the RockHouse is seeing folks slow down, savor the moment and enjoy some quiet time.

“It makes me grateful to see people take some time out and allow us to be their happy place” she says. A recent customer reported that he and his wife had found their special place. And that magic seems to happen for many of their guests. Plan for some time in the gift shop at the RockHouse. You will find home décor, kitchen accessories, T-shirts and treasures. All of the retail is hand-picked by the ladies with an eye to offering something different. Their sweet little tea room is also available for small group gatherings. RockHouse Bakery and Gifts is located in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, down curving, tree-shaded roads to Dougherty, OK. The scenic drive is part of the beautiful experience that awaits you. Finding them at 501 Main Street won’t be a problem because downtown Dougherty is only 3 blocks long. They are open Thur – Sat. Check their Facebook page or call 580-993-2117 or 618-4350 for hours.

y a w a t e G c i t n A Roma • Luxury Lodging • In-house 5 Star Dining serving prime beef • In-room Jacuzzi Hot Tubs • New Cottages • Pool For reservations and spa information • Award Winning Day Spa (open to public) (580) 421-5076

350 Lawton Ave. • Sulphur, OK • 2 Blocks from National Park

8

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

www.echocanyonmanor.com


Get Outdoors at

Turner Falls Park Turner Falls Park, with its 77 foot waterfall, abundant natural beauty, and unique geological formations, has been enjoyed by generations of visitors since 1868. Today’s guests still appreciate the splendor of God’s handiwork and an opportunity to escape to the great outdoors. Whether a day trip or a week of camping, Turner Falls will refresh you. A recent improvement to ticketing at the park has made admission easier. Online purchasing of tickets is now available through the park’s website www.turnerfallspark.com. This assures your admittance to the park. You must have a valid ticket for every day you occupy the park, for every person in your vehicle. Camping fees are additional. Swimming in these spring-fed creeks has always been the most popular activity at the Falls. The refreshing water keeps the Oklahoma summer heat at bay. You may enjoy wading in the shallow areas with little ones, letting time drift by on your floatie or diving into the deep pools. Turner Falls mandates that all children under 12 MUST wear a Coast Guard certified floatation device. The Park does not provide or rent these devices, so plan ahead.

• Catfish • Hamburgers • Chicken Fried Steak • Catering Available Open Tue-Fri 11am-8pm 580-247-9084 207 N. 3rd - Davis, OK (1 Block N. of Stoplight)

Artistsof the Arbuckles

Diverse Artistic Creations

Jean Carr Gallery

Open Fri & Sat 1-5 (extended hours for special events)

a week. ay, 7 days d a s r u o h en 24 s Park is op ll a F pm. r e n r u T :00am-8:30 6 m o (see above) fr e is it s n b e io s w is e m check th Day Ad 88. formation, in e r o 580-369-29 m ll a in c r o k o To obta o aceb e Park on F d 51 or search th exits 47 an 5 3 In e e located betw Davis) The Park is es south of il m (5 7 7 on Hwy

www.artistsofthearbuckles.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

9


Relocating to the Arbuckles Sure, the Arbuckles are a great place to visit but, have you considered this might be a place you would want to live? Whether you are a young family wanting to leave a large city, a retiree considering the next chapter of life or a business owner considering relocating, the benefits and opportunities are worth some thought.

Life in the Arbuckles is grand! Take a look at the area. We have 3 real estate companies that are knowledgeable and experienced in finding the perfect home or business location for you. Check out their contact info on pages 32-33 for assistance in south-central Oklahoma. Vision Bank looks forward to meeting your lending needs.

Journey’Z Camper Rental

Small town atmosphere & friendly folks

Decreased cost of living Great schools Large & small hospitals

Visiting medical specialist Senior Citizen Groups/Civic groups – fostering sense of community Free or low-cost recreational sites Mild winters Volunteer opportunities – stay active, be involved

Wide variety of churches Low crime rate For businesses:

Clean, furnished & ready for your journey! Set-up service available For Reservations Call 580-618-2777 • 580-618-2983

Improved quality of life for employees

Major highways/railways for shipping Tourism traffic – increased sales Growth in housing

Sulphur, OK 73086

Locals shopping local

Let us make your “weekend away” a Permanent Stay! See us for your •Cabin/Home Loans •Boat/RV Loans •Construction Loans •Land Loans

Sulphur 1100 W. Broadway 580-622-6111

10

www.visionbank.bank 888-332-5132

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

Davis 1200 E Main Street 580-369-5282


It’s All About the Water

Whatever its form, water has always been the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Freshwater springs attract a variety of wildlife. Mineral springs were once sought for medicinal qualities. Travertine Creek and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Veterans Lake calls to fishermen to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles, the park’s dominant feature, provides excellent motor boating, skiing, sailing, fishing and swimming.

The springs are formed when water passes through underground rock formations. The water is then forced upward through fissures in the rock layer. Some rock layers contain sulfur and bromine. Water coming through these layers collects the minerals and becomes mineral water.

Fun

&S un a t th e CN RA

Water passing through rock layers that do not contain these minerals remains fresh.

Archeologists believe that this area may have been inhabited for as long as 7,000 years. The ancient people called this place “The Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters.” They believed in the healing power of the strong-smelling mineral water. The Caddos, Comanches, Chickasaws and Choctaws came later for the refreshing liquid. In 1855, the lands became part of the Chickasaw Nation. White pioneers gradually drifted into the Chickasaw Nation and built a community in the late 1800s. A town formed around what is now Pavilion Springs and was named Sulphur. Fearing the springs might suffer from uncontrolled use, the Chickasaw Nation agreed with the Federal Government to create a national park. In 1902, 640 acres were transferred to the United States and given the name of Sulphur Springs Reservation. In 1906, the area was renamed Platt National Park in honor of Senator Orville Hitchcock Platt. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built pavilions and roads, laid out trails, engineered waterfalls and planted half a million trees and shrubs. In 1976 Platt National Park was combined with Arbuckle Recreation Area and additional lands to create a new national recreation area in honor of the land’s longtime inhabitant: the Chickasaws.

A

NR the C t a n & Su Fun

(Reprinted from National Park Service official brochure on Chickasaw National Recreation Area)

Park HQ – Info Center located at 901 W. 1st, Sulphur, OK For Park Information contact Travertine Nature Center – 580-622-7234

View

MOTEL Serving Breakfast & Lunch Mon-Fri 5:30am-2pm Sat 7am-2pm

Gas • Drinks • Snacks 5:30am-10pm

1628 W. Broadway • Sulphur

580-622-4554

580-622-6606

11/2 miles to Turner Falls 1 mile to Arbuckle Wilderness

2741 Hwy 77 South (Hwy 77 & Briarwood Dr.)

Davis, Oklahoma Exit 51 off I-35 & 1 mile North

Reservations/Information:

(580) 369-2321 davisokmotel.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

11


IST

L T E K C U B E R) ‘BUCKL

YOUR (A

ort. a Civil War F attle it out at B . 1 to Bromide Hill. many things r name off of ou y There are so o ch E . 2 g we are makin atch Watch. do here that the words…Sasqu ot o n w T o, . N 3 . st li e hatchet.” you a bucket hur “buried th ou lp y u S re y fo h w be r k off 4. Discove kind you chec kins ready. the kind t bu , er ied pie – nap ak fr M h r es ou fr y a t at ee m ave 5. E Lantern. before you le h The Green it w oe you check off -t to ed 6. Go to s! You will fin e zipline. the Arbuckle way down th r e ou th y in m gs ea in cr th 7. S park. most of these e at the water id sl l w bo e e. nd th agazin 8. Whip arou Fun Times M ater. floating on w n bi ca a in 9. Sleep deep oldiers. the Buffalo S to te u ib tr 10. Pay paddle board. balance on a r ou y ry T . 11 . ls of the past 12. See whee your hand). g (fishing w/ in dl oo N o G . 13 by a squirrel. 14. Get cussed Cabin. an 1892 Log to in r ee P . 5 1 um jail. ed in a muse at er rc ca in 16. Get deo. – at a real ro 17. Giddy up uckles. rough the Arb th ck ba se or er. m 18. H ke Tucker Tow -9p 0pm -li le st m ca om a fr world 11 -9:3 pm 19. View the Sun 11am am-10 pm 0 1 n ffalo roam. Mo -Fri 1 m-9:3 where the bu o G . 0 2 u a h T t 11 Sa t gallery. 21. Visit an ar nal). ld eagle (seaso ba a ot sp or g 22. Go birdin aser tag friend with L AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD 23. Zap your tree house. 24. Stay in a turn trip t, plan your re as le ot n t bu 25. Last, les! to the Arbuck

Fajitas • Enchiladas • Dinners • Lunch Specials Every Day Kids Meals • Desserts • Margaritas • Mexican Beer ecial Ask for our Jalisco Sp ican Pineapple & Mex 910 E MAIN • EAST EDGE OF DAVIS • 580-369-5200

ver Come on o uiet side... to the q • • • • •

Cabins sleep 4 or 6 Kitchenettes • Linens Grills • Picnic Tables Satellite TV Queen Beds

www.BuckhornRoadCabins.com

580-622-6899 or 580-421-5157

Proprietors - Mike & Janie Hardoin

12

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

Bu

ckhorn Road

Cabin Rentals


Experience Peace at the Canyon Hill Cabin

Wide open green pastures. Birds singing sweetly. A gentle breeze blowing across your resting spot on the deck. The total absence of traffic noise. These are a few of the first things you will experience at Canyon Hill Cabin. You may also realize that stress melted off as you traveled the long driveway.

Set on 30 private acres, the cabin offers a place to retreat to and leave the real world behind. A longtime family home, the current owners, Aelisha and Kelsey, are the third generation to be the passionate caretakers of the property. This is a special place with wonderful memories of family gatherings “at the Grands”, as her grandparents were known. The lodge now offers that tranquility to guests. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, it will accommodate up to 10 people. Most of the comforts of home are provided, including linens, an equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and TV with streaming capability. Plan to spend some time on the large deck or down at the firepit. The back 20 acres have walking trails carved out by Aelisha’s grandfather. The logs for original construction of the cabin were cut from this land in the early 1930s.

When ask why she is sharing the family home with guests, Aelisha said “I love to give people a place to escape big city life and gather with their family, like we have done. This is a wonderful place to make lasting memories together.” She says this is a way to keep it in the family and they occasionally still come back for celebrations.

The Canyon Hill Cabin is just outside of Dougherty, a small community nestled in the Arbuckle Mountains. Lying a bit south of Arbuckle Lake, the route is a meandering course that encourages you to go at a slower pace and enjoy the view. Might as well adopt that attitude now and keep it for you visit. More information may be obtained at their website: www.canyonhillcabin.com.

SHADY OAKS

BOAT RENTAL

Snak Shak

Pontoons • Canoes • Kayaks Stand-up Paddle Boards

Driving Instructions & Life Jackets provided

Performance Centers • C-Stores Gas - Snacks - Beer - Supplies

Now

1. Snak Shak • I-35 Davis

8tions!

2. Snak Shak • Davis - Deli 3. Snak Shak • Wynnewood - Deli

Loca

4. Snak Shak • West Sulphur - Deli 5. Snak Shak • Central Sulphur - Deli 6. Snak Shak • East Sulphur - Deli 2, 8

7. Snak Shak • Mill Creek - Deli

580-622-6102

www.shadyoaksboatrental.com

SHADY OAKS RV PARK & STORE

Full Hook-ups • Wi Fi • Laundry • Gas • Bait • Hunt Brothers Pizza

4022 Cooper Memorial Dr.

(1 mile from Lake of the Arbuckles)

Sulphur, OK 73086

580-622-6101 • shadyoakrvpark.com

8. Snak Shak • Davis

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

13


Get Your Game On at Lazer Zone!

A visit to Lazer Zone Family Fun Center in Ada, Oklahoma, is an escape to an exciting galaxy full of fun and games for the entire family. It’s a fluorescent world filled with competition or Bowl the Night away! just plain fun for the whole family. Families can test their skills hurling a heavy, three-holed ball down the lanes or gear up to do battle in a black-light, twostory arena with futuristic laser weapons. Since 2004, Lazer Zone has offered bowling, laser tag, miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages and a miniature obstacle course for small children. It’s a family-friendly environment

that draws visitors from throughout south-central Oklahoma and north Texas. This year, Lazer Zone boasts all-new laser tag equipment, updated to provide a state-of-the-art experience. In addition, Lazer Zone players can now compete against players in other locations. Families can spend the day dueling on the bowling lanes or racking up prize points on games throughout the 60,000-square-foot facility. Lazer Zone also has a quick-service eatery, private party rooms, ample parking, and Redemption Center filled with popular toys and games where families can redeem prize points. Lazer Zone is a sought-after location for birthday parties, group outings and bowling leagues. Non-profit groups also can register for Lazer Zone’s fundraiser program to raise money for their cause. Lazer Zone is open six days a week (closed on Wednesdays). Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For directions and more information about Lazer Zone or to view current promotions, visit www.adalazerzone.com.

OPEN 7 to 7 – 7 DAYS

Fruits • Creams • Pecan • No Sugar Added • Savory

580-369-7830

Insta

I-35, Exit 51 @ Highway 77 • Davis, Oklahoma Call on your way; we have hot pies all day! www.arbucklemountainfriedpies.com • Business Opportunities Available

Dining for large & small groups

14

Buses Welcome!

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

Free Wi-Fi Available

Dozen Discount


Import ant Exit Numbers Along Inters tate 35

Stratford

EXIT #72

Pauls Valley

EXIT #70

Ada

#72 Pauls Valley, Ada #70 Pauls Valley #66 Wynnewood

Wynnewood

EXIT #66 EXIT #64 EXIT #55

Sulphur

Davis

#6 4 Wynnewood mingo, #55 Davis, Sulphur, Tisho Information Center

EXIT #51

#51 Davis, Sulphur, #47 Turner Falls Overlook

Dougher ty

EXIT #47 EXIT #33 EXIT #31 EXIT #29

EXIT #40

Gene Autry

#4 0 Gene Autry #33 Ardmore

Tishomingo

Ardmore

#31 Ardmore, Tishomingo #29 Lake Murray #24 Lake Murray

EXIT #24

On Hwy 77 Hwy 77OK inOn DAVIS, in Davis, 305 S ‘D’OK ST. 305 S. ‘D’ St. 580-369-2384 580-369-2384 GREAT BEDS & MODERN DECOR CLEAN– HELPFUL & MODERN FRIENDLY – CLEAN Wi-Fi and Cable TV (w/Spanish) CABLE TV & INTERNET APARTMENTS - Furnished •• KITCHENETTES (like new)&1full or service 3 bed fully equipped kitchens • KITCHENETTES - <3 2 rooms bed w/dishwasher> 1 or 2 bed, micro •• ROOMS ROOMS – 1 or 2 bed, micro&&fridge fridge • PICNIC AREA BBQ & horseshoe pitch • PICNIC AREA - BBQ grill & horseshoe pitch

CENTRAL a few minutes to Falls, Natl Park or Lake

Sherry’s 369-0826 Sherry’sCell Cell (580) (580) 369-0826

I-35 Exit 55 (Hwy 7) Go East 2.5 miles to Davis then 2 Blks South on Hwy 77 or Exit 51 (Hwy 77) Go North 4 miles to Davis on Left hand side after the bend

The first

Zipline in Oklahoma

A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN ON Enjoy spectacular views of Turner Falls and Dr. Collings Castle as you are pulled 717 feet to a tower rising 130 feet above the mountain. Ticket office and launch site at Curio Shop at Turner Falls Overlook located outside of park.

Visit the Curio Shop for:

• Turner Falls Souvenirs • Snacks & Cold Drinks • Water Shoes & Life Vests Single rider: $15

Two riders: $25

6 miles south of Davis, OK on Hwy 77 between I-35 exits #47 & # 51

For more information: www.turnerfallszip.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

15


16

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

17


CHICKA O T WAY E T GA

SAW NATIONAL RECR E

Attractions

Shopping

Events

Lodging

ATIO

N A RE A

For more information, contact us at:

WWW.SULPHURCHAMBER.COM 717 W. BROADWAY • SULPHUR, OK 73086 • (580) 622-2824

18

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center Perched on an ancient mountain, the Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience featuring scenic vistas of Lake of the Arbuckles and the Arbuckle Mountains. With sweeping panoramic views of surrounding hills, sparkling blue waters and lush greenery, the center offers the perfect setting for groups, families and couples looking for a secluded, pristine setting to host their next event or getaway. Surrounded by undisturbed beauty, the Retreat Center is an ideal place for group outings, business conferences, corporate retreats, weddings and family reunions.The facility offers nearly 10,000-square-feet of function space including: a 124- seat indoor amphitheater, an executive board room, a great room with a luxury lounge and dance floor, and a full conference area with three break-out rooms and hospitality centers. Each meeting room is equipped with state-of-the art technology. With a covered pavilion and campfire available, the private waterfront venue features a variety of activities and

amenities including fishing, paddle boats, canoeing, horseshoe, volleyball, picnic tables and charcoal grills. A ropes course is also available for team building activities. Features of the property include a full-service fitness center and spa with indoor and outdoor walking tracks, cutting-edge fitness equipment, a large heated pool, hot tub, sauna and steam rooms, manicure and pedicure services and private massage therapy rooms. From standard rooms to executive suites, the Chickasaw Retreat Center offers an array of accommodations. The center is conveniently located near many well-known area attractions. Retreat guests can easily explore scenic sites and iconic attractions around the area during their stay. The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center is located at 4205 Goddard Youth Camp Road, Sulphur, Oklahoma. For more information or to book reservations, please call 1-855-899-8260. Visit chickasawretreat.com for more information.

We’re here when you need us! Enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor activities of the Arbuckle Area. For medical services during your vacation, visit our state-of-the-art facility.

580.622.2161 2011 West Broadway Sulphur, OK 73086 www.arbucklehospital.com CLINIC Located on Hospital Campus Walk-ins Welcome 580-622-4482

• Emergency Services • Outpatient Clinics • Inpatient Care

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

19


Things to See and Do There are countless fun ways to fill your time in and around the Arbuckles, no matter what your interests. Here are some ways to make your day the best it can possibly be!

3rd Avenue Flea Market – Pickers, thrifters, antiquers, junknistas… whatever title you proudly wear, you will find your happy place at this flea market. Retro, vintage, re-purposed, antique & pure-de-junk can be found here. Fun family atmosphere, vendors ready to deal, huge variety of treasures. Indoor & outdoor booths. No admission charge. Open every Friday and Saturday, 8a4p, 100 3rd Ave NE, Downtown Ardmore. (East end of Main St, then 3 blocks north on Caddo St.) 580-465-5355 • facebook.com/3rdstreetmarketArdmore

777 Zipline – A new way to zip in the Arbuckles. With Soaring Eagle-style ziplines, thrill-seekers are strapped into seats, leaving their arms and legs free. Riders of all ages and capabilities may share in the excitement. Brave youngsters meeting the height requirement of 42 inches are welcome. An exhilarating ride without harnesses, hiking or hurdles! Have a bird’s eye view of Honey Creek, Turner Falls and Colling’s Castle while belted in the 2-man formed seat. You will be pulled 717 feet to the tower rising 130 feet above the mountain top, then released to zip back to the launch site. The first zipline of this kind in Oklahoma. Ticket price: $15 single rider, $25 two riders. Ticket office and launch site at Curio Shop at Turner Falls Overlook, 6 miles south of Davis (6250 Hwy 77 South) on Hwy 77 between I-35 exits #47 & #51. www.turnerfallszip.com

Arbuckle Trail Rides – Guided trail rides on horseback over large area ranches and in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Beautiful scenery and wildlife spotting. Voted #1 Horseback Rides by OK Living Magazine. Experienced guides and well-trained horses for beginners or advanced riders. Riding lessons available. Reservations required. Sulphur. 580-622-6326 or 580-993-0097

www.arbuckletrailrides.com • www.wolferanch.com

Artists of the Arbuckles – Jean Carr Gallery displays local artists’ work;

many mediums. Annual show dates: Student Art - April, Student Photography April, Adult Photography - May, Adult Art - September. Contact gallery about scheduled classes. Gift Certificates and lay-away available. Fri-Sat 1p-5p, will accommodate groups by appt. 330 W. Muskogee, Historic Downtown Sulphur.

580-622-5744 • www.artistsofthearbuckles.com

Blue RIver – Beautiful, clear spring-fed river, rolling waterfalls, unusual

rock formations that the area is known for, scenic beauty surrounding river. Great location for fishing, hiking, camping, hunting managed by Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. Famous for trout fishing - stocked with trout Nov 1-March 31. Hiking trails, camping (designated area only), float trip opportunities by kayak are available on this Class II-III river. Hunting & fishing license required, all visitors are required to have a Wildlife Conservation Passport. South entrance – From Tishomingo: 4 miles east on State Hwy 78, 6½ miles north on Bullard Chapel Rd (N3590). North entrance – From Tishomingo: 9 miles north on U.S. Hwy 377, 1 mile east on State Hwy 7. 580-443-5728

www.wildlifedepartment.com/wildlife-management-areas/blue-river Brown Ranch Hay Maze – The fun side of Agritourism. Seasonal park for kids...even BIG ones. Run off energy with a hay maze, Merry-Go-Bounce, Chicken Chunking, Boot Walk Bridge, the Cowboy Dash and so MUCH more. Games for all skill levels and laughs for everyone. Enjoyable and educational hay ride, jump on the Kiddie Cow Train (little tikes), and when you are done, roast wienies and make s’mores. Check website for dates (usually only in Oct.), directions, admission, and to preview games. South of Ardmore. 580-465-7937 www.brownranchhaymaze.com

Ride the open ra nge at Arbuckl e Trail Rides.

20

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


Chickasaw Council House Museum – First Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory preserved inside the Chickasaw Council House Museum. Exhibits feature prominent Chickasaw citizens as well as a large collection of Chickasaw art, artifacts and archive materials. Books, music, Chickasaw language materials as well as pottery, jewelry, beadwork and other artwork by Chickasaw artists are available. Cultural “make and take” classes including basket weaving, beading and more are offered. Open Tues-Fri 8a-5p & Sat 10a-4p. 209 N. Fisher (next to Chickasaw Capitol), Tishomingo. 580-371-3351 • www.chickasaw.net

Chickasaw National Capitol – Stately three-story building served as the

Chickasaw Nation’s Capitol until Oklahoma statehood in 1907. Built of locallysourced red granite in 1898, now serves as museum of the Chickasaw people, included in the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The largest exhibit in the 8,000 square-foot building focuses on Chickasaw government history from 18561907 with replicas of Chickasaw Governor Douglas Johnston’s office and National Secretary’s vault. Guided tours are available, free of charge. Open Tues-Sat 8a– 4:30p. 411 W. 9th Street, Tishomingo. 580-371-9835 • www.chickasaw.net

Chickasaw National Recreation Area – Oklahoma’s first national park, mineral

& fresh water springs, nature center museum, swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping, boating, hunting, ranger-guided programs, equestrian & mountain bike trail, hundreds of acres of ecologically diverse land. Lake of the Arbuckles, southwest of Sulphur, no admission (boating & camping fees) Platt District, south edge of Sulphur.

ontier, K. on on the fr located near Emet, O The mansi se u White Ho Chickasaw

580-622-7234 • www.nps.gov/chic

Chickasaw White House – Queen-Anne Victorian-style house was the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas Hancock Johnston

and family 1898 -1971. Johnston was an important political figure during transition from Indian Territory to statehood, served 36-year tenure as Chickasaw Governor, with much of the work taking place in his office at the White House. Johnston and his wife, Bettie, hosted political gatherings and social events here, members of the Dawes Commission met at the White House. Home has been restored to its full grandeur with 14-foot ceilings, cherry mahogany fireplace mantels, original furnishings, crystal chandeliers and a dance floor, listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Tours are free of charge, Open Wed-Sat, 10a-4 p, 6379 E. Mansion Road, north edge of Emet, OK. (from Tishomingo, take St Hwy 78 east 10 miles, turn right on Mansion Road) . 580-235-7343 • www.chickasaw.net

Davis Historical Museum – Managed by Arbuckle Historical Society, housed in early day Santa Fe Depot, listed on Nat’l Register of Historic Places. History of Davis in pictures & artifacts; features schools, churches, medicine/dentistry, military, fire/police department, railroad memorabilia, Native American culture, geological formations. Fort Arbuckle model, Buffalo Soldier, African American artifacts & history of one of the first African American Paratrooper, old Print Shop exhibit. Visit Territorial Room to see a typical frontier home. Also a museum library w/ general & family history books. Tue - Sat 10a - 4p. 12 E. Main, downtown Davis. 580-369-2518

Echo Canyon Spa Resort – Island-inspired Day Spa Resort is here

for your indulgence. Offers over 100 treatments, elegant lounge and bar area, beautiful treatment rooms, all designed for relaxation. The perfect place for romantic couples, ladies retreats, girl friend getaways, moms and daughters time or an escape by yourself. Treatments offered include massages, facials, body wraps, and manicures & pedicures. Beautiful country setting, stroll the orchards or relax on the covered veranda. Relaxation is the prescription, Rejuvenation is the result! Call for appointment times. 350 Lawton Ave, Sulphur.

580-421-5076 • www.echocanyonmanor.com

Forgotten Wheels Museum – Unique collection of cycles & automobiles - some rare, “a little bit of motorcycle heaven on 77” is their claim. A few items on display: vintage motorcycles, cars, trucks, gas pumps, signs. Complete HD Hummer collection, Gift & antique shop. Handicap accessible, family-friendly, group/ school tours - upon request. Open March-Nov, Wed-Sat 10a5p, (winter hours - call or check FB). Free admission – museum operates only on your donations – they help keep history alive. South of Davis, 1775 S. Hwy 77.

580-369-2764 or 369-8406 or 369-8704. www.forgottenwheelsmuseumandantiques.com

Davis Historical Museum located in the Davis Santa Fe Depot.

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

21


Fort Washita – Built in 1842 as a United States military post, the mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians, operated thru 1865, now a historic site & museum, visitors learn about life before and during Civil War. Explore restored structures, see Civil War reenactments, and experience a yearly Fur Trade Era Rendezvous with educational stations, storytellers and more. Listed on National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Wed-Sat 9a-4p Sun 1-4:30p, 3348 OK-199, (12 miles northwest of Durant, OK on State Highway 199)

580-924-6502 • www.chickasaw.net

Greater Southwest Historical Museum – South Central Oklahoma’s History from mid-1800’s to present. Housed in former National Guard Armory built in 1936. Spans time from early Native American culture to the farmers, ranchers and townspeople. Exhibits include horse-drawn carriage, one room schoolhouse, log cabin, general store and much more. New exhibit - Tools of Our Land highlighting area’s agricultural past. History comes alive. Two more museums here: The Military Memorial Museum and Carter County Genealogical Society Library. Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admission - donations greatly appreciated. 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore (2 blocks off Broadway) or I-35 exit 31A, then 1 mile east (watch for signs). 580-226-3857 • www.gshm.org Lake Murray State Park – Clear water lake, all types of water sports

(boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, sailing, etc.) camping, picnicking, scuba diving, airstrip. 18 hole, par 70 golf course open to public. New Lake Murray Nature Center and Tucker Tower Nature Center. Lake Murray Lodge has rooms, restaurant, pool. Located south of Ardmore on Scenic Hwy 77. 580-223-4044 • www.travelok.com

Experience history at

Fort Washita.

Lake Murray Water Sports – Everything for fun on the water. Motorized & non-motorized rentals. Canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards, sailboats. Fishing boats, Island cruisers, wave runners. Play area has waterslide & trampoline. Mini-golf & concession overlooking lake. Guided lake cruises during day or evening. Party packages w/ combination of equipment & activities. Variety of rentals for all ages; family-oriented atmosphere. Open seasonally. 3 miles east of I-35 at exit 24, 3322 Lodge Road, Ardmore.

580-223-7185 • www.lakemurraywatersports.com

Lazer Zone – 60,000 square foot facility features a state-of-the-art bowling alley w/ 24 lanes (black light bowling Fri & Sat nites); 2-story lazer tag arena; mini golf has 9 holes of black light fun; arcade w/ over 100 games; kids play area; fast, medium & slow batting cages; party/meeting rooms and a grill. Available for birthday parties, youth gatherings, business meetings. Southwest side of Ada, intersection of Hwy 1 and Main St. 580-332-4855 • www.

adalazerzone.com

Military Memorial Museum – Located at Greater Southwest Historical Museum in 1930s Oklahoma National Guard

Armory. “All eras, all branches” is their claim, and it is true. Spans from War with Mexico (1847) to Persian Gulf. Rare display of uniforms of all 7 Uniformed Services of U.S., pup tent camp set-up, Fallen Soldier memorial, POW/MIA “Table for One”, paintings of cartoon depictions of military life from 1940s barracks, Hall of Honor presenting local veterans stories, and much more. Great collection of artifacts. Open Tues-Sat, 10a-5p. No admission fee - donations greatly appreciated. 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore (2 blocks off Broadway) or I-35 exit 31-A, then 1 mile east (watch for sign). 580-226-3857 • www.gshm.org

Pauls Valley Opry – Monthly music show - 1st Saturday of each month. Showcasing the best in local & regional talent. Host band - The Memory Makers w/ musical taste and history rooted in Classic Country, Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, 50/60 Rock, Southern Rock, Folk, and Blues. Doors open at 5:30p, show at 6:30p. Admission price: $10.00 (Kids 12 and under are free) Great family atmosphere. Pauls Valley High School Auditorium, 601 North Street. 405-830-8405 • Facebook - Pauls Valley Opry Pauls Valley Water Park – Outdoor water park. Toddler’s catfish slide, water playground, sprays, huge tipping bucket. For teens & adults - body slides, bowl slide, lazy river, 3 lane lap pool w/ diving board. Relax pool side w/ umbrellas, lounge chairs, picnic area & snack bar. Hwy 77, north side of Pauls Valley in Wacker Park. 405-238-1308 • www. dwrrcpv.com

22

Make a splash at the Pauls Val ley Water Park. Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


Santa Fe Museum – 1905 depot, managed by Pauls Valley Historical Society. Collection of old photos, school memorabilia and

pioneer collectibles. Steam locomotive & coal tender that once traveled over these tracks has found a permanent home near the depot; vintage red caboose rests behind the engine. Days and hours are seasonal so call ahead. 204 E. Paul, Downtown Pauls Valley.

405-238-2244

Shady Oaks Boat Rental – Don’t have a boat? No Problem. Pontoons, canoes, kayaks & stand up paddle boards for rent

on Arbuckle Lake. Driving instructions and life jackets provided. Tubes and toys available. Located at Point Boat Ramp on Cooper Memorial Rd, (from Hwy 7, west edge of Sulphur, go south on Cooper Mem. Rd 5½ miles, take a left at the “Y”.)

580-622-6102 • www.shadyoaksboatrental.com

Sole’renity Spa & Little Soles Spa – Make your vacation

complete with a break for relaxation and rejuvenation. Expect restoration & healing in this serene sanctuary. Therapeutic & wellness treatments including whirlpools, steam rooms & saunas. Soothe the mind, body & spirit with a variety of massage services, mud wraps/ soaks/scrubs, facials, mani/pedi & waxing. Little Soles Children’s Spa introduces children to the benefits of health and wellness. Colorful setting, friendly atmosphere to serve little soles with alone time, time with mom or dad, or in a Sparty group; variety of services to treat their little hands and feet . Mon-Sun (closed Tues) 10a-7p. 1001 W. 1st St (inside Artesian Hotel) Sulphur.

580-622-8128 • www.solerenityspa.com

Sulphur Historical Museum – Managed by Arbuckle Historical

Society of Murray County. Located in old Fire & Police Station building, erected in 1917. Still has city jail (great photo opp), court room, fire pole. Platt Nat’l Park & Sulphur history, diorama of Sulphur Springs, Indian Territory (prior to 1903) around current Pavilion Springs in CNRA, Old Belleview and Vendome swimming pools, Boy Scout & Military items, vintage cameras. Also exhibits of Fire Dept. equipment/ records, antique switchboard, toy room, kitchen & reminders of past Sulphur businesses. Donations accepted. 402 W. Muskogee St, downtown Sulphur. Hours: Sat 1p-5p (Winter by appt).

Photo courtesy Iris Greenwell

Relive your childhood at The Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley!

580-622-5593 • email: ahsmc@brightok.net

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge – Protected park for

wildlife and their habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore. Enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hunting, wildlife watching and more. Lies within the upper Washita arm of Lake Texoma, fed by Washita River and Pennington Creek creating the Cumberland Pool, which is especially important to fish, migratory birds and resident wildlife. Come for the activities or to enjoy a little peace and quiet. Park is open 7days a week. Visitors Center is open Mon-Fri 7:30a-4p. for maps, brochures, checklists and activities. 11766 S. Refuge Road, Tishomingo. From downtown: Take Hwy 78 to the east edge of town, go south on Refuge Road (at the high school , watch for sign). Follow Refuge Road 3 miles.

580-371-2402 • www.fws.gov/refuge/Tishomingo/

Toy & Action Figure Museum – With over 13,000 action and pop culture figures, the museum has one of the largest collections in the world, colorful & imaginative displays, children’s hands-on playroom, gift shop, and drawings from Oklahoma’s most famous cartoonist. Time Magazine names museum among “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences”. Mon - Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p. Reduced winter hours, check Facebook. 111 S. Chickasaw, Pauls Valley. Adults $7, Children under 12 $5, under 2 free, Vets/Military $5, Seniors (55+) $5. Group pricing. 405-238-6300 • www.actionfiguremuseum.com Turner Falls Overlook – Stop off at the top of the Arbuckles and have a free preview of Turner Falls. The 77-foot waterfall seen

from high above is an awesome sight and provides a bird’s eye view of much of what the park has to offer. Launch site of 777 Zipline. Tourist information and restrooms available. Between exits 47 and 51 off I-35, 1 mile south of Turner Falls gate.

580-369-2330

Turner Falls Park – Scenic natural park, 77-foot water fall, hiking, swimming, picnicking, fishing, camping, caves, geological

formations, spring-fed creek, snack bars. Pavilion by reservation. Children 12 & under MUST wear Coast Guard certified floatation device. Summer rates: Adults $14.00, Children ages 6-12 $7.00, ages 5 & under No charge, Seniors $7.00, (winter rates reduced), advance purchase tickets online. Camping additional fee. Hwy 77 just 4 miles south of Davis, I-35 exits #47 or 51.

580-369- 2988 • www.turnerfallspark.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

23


e h t g Bikin Let’s roll!

Kick stands up and let’s roll! The winding roads through the Arbuckle Mountains beckon, bidding you to leave the day-today behind…escape. In this area, the eastern woodlands meet the desert-like, mixed-grass prairie and you will see the best of both. Take in the view, meet friendly people, see some sites and leave with a saddlebag full of memories. Riders love that almost meditative state that comes from the drone of your engine and the hum of the road that blows your worries away. “Riding is all about fantasy and freedom,” one rider confessed to me. “It’s easy to bail out of life, cut through the wind and enjoy God’s creation with no framework.” Freedom and fantasy – sounds like just the ticket. Art and Mary Young are frequent Arbuckle area riders. Their wheels of choice? A trike. Their favorite drive? What we laughingly call the “Mountains, Mineral Springs & Manure Tour”. Seems it’s all about following the 7s. “From Sulphur, go west on Hwy. 7 to Davis. Hop on Hwy 77, going south for about 22 miles to Springer. Go across there (on Hwy 53) to Hwy 177and head north back to Sulphur. Simple – 7 to 77 to 177,” explains Art. “You will see open fields of grazing cattle, curves and mountains and, at the right time of year, lots of color.” “Scenic heaven on 77” is a term the locals hear. The route Art laid out runs about 59 miles with plenty of interesting stops along the way. South of Davis, visit Forgotten Wheels Museum. Sit a spell on the front porch, have a cold drink and browse the antique and gift shop. The Webb family has quite an assortment of unique finds. A little further along 77, you will find the 777 Zipline. A quick zip will give you a bird’s eye-view of Turner Falls and get your heart pumping! “It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of July, it’s always feels cooler when you ride into the Chickasaw National Park,” remarks Mary Young. “Riding the Park is always refreshing, maybe it’s the springs. It is just slow and curvy and laid-back.” Scenic

24

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

views

from t

he roa

d.


– s e l k ‘Buc

! e d i R a t a Wh

Charlie Wright agrees that the National Park is quite a place. He speaks from experience as he is a rider and an innkeeper. He enjoys hosting all types of visitors to the area, but feels a special kinship to riders that lodge with him. His place, the Sulphur Springs Inn, sits across the street from the Park. The location is quite an advantage for folks looking for a sanctuary of peace, an opportunity to sit by the springs or walk a trail. “I believe I would have to say my favorite local ride is to Dougherty. The hills, twists & bends, the trees and color, the view changes with the seasons. There are so many different roads that lead in and out, you have all kinds of choices,” Wright stated. He is correct on that. For a community with a population of 250, there is one state highway (110) and 3 county roads that will land you in the one-block center of town. Stop at the one-and-only Dougherty Store for a break and to “chew the fat” with a local. If you are here on the right day, you will enjoy lunch and sweets at RockHouse Bakery. Make that break from reality, get lost on a twisting ribbon of road and have an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your heart.

Hot July day at the cow spa

Cedar Ridge Cabin • 2 Bedrooms • Fully Equipped Kitchen • Satellite TV • Internet Access • Non-Smoking • Vacation Rental • No Pets

Enjoy modern amenities in our beautiful, centrally located cabin. Cedar Ridge Cabin offers a restful place to relax during your stay in the Arbuckle Lake Area.

Owner is Oklahoma Licensed Real Estate Broker

Located Between Sulphur & Davis

www.seeourcabin.com 580-993-0403 contactcedar@hotmail.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

25


Shop Sulphur... Barbara’s fashion, gifts, and home decor

Hours: 10-5:30 Mon-Sat

Third and Broadway 900 West 3rd • Sulphur, OK 580.622-3396 thirdandbroadway@yahoo.com

Boutique • Beautiful Selection of New Clothing & Accessories • Latest Fashion Designs • Eclectic Selection of Quality, Clean, Gently Used Upscale Furniture & Home Decor

www.barbarasflowersandgifts.net

Fresh Flowers • Jewelry Home Decor

• Women’s & Men’s affordable clothing • Handmade items by local artists • Jewelry & Accessories • Year round swimwear

580-622-6270

119 West Muskogee • Sulphur, OK

410 W. Muskogee • Sulphur 580-993-0172

580-622-2525 215 W. Muskogee Ave • Sulphur Mon-Sat 10am-5pm • Sun 1pm-5pm

oakandivyfashion.com

The Gettin’ Place

~ Treasures & Trinkets ~ A little bit of something for everyone

A Unique Mountain Shop • • • •

Patagonia Dealer Outdoor Gear • Backpacks Gifts • Home Decor Local Finds • Jewelry

580-622-8805

217 W. Muskogee • Sulphur www.bromidemountainco.com

Furniture • Jewelry Purses • Antiques Sterling & Turquoise Jewelry Local Raw Honey & Pollen

• Home Decor & Fragrances • Jewelry • Baby • Shirts & Hats • Compounding Pharmacy

107 W. Muskogee Street 580-622-3796

@hobbsrx

Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shop us Online @ www.themixmercantile.com

Come In and Smell the Spices! spiceandtea.com/sulphur facebook.com/TSTESulphur

®

8 West Muskogee • Sulphur 622-3770

(Shops at the Artesian Hotel - South Side)

26

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


& Davis • Women’s & Children’s Apparel • Home Decor • Gourmet Food & Coffee • Gifts • Salon/Facial/Massages

Wed.-Fri. 11:30am-5:30pm Sat. 11:00am-4:00pm 314 E. Main • Davis • 368-3025

Shop Smart – Look Sharpe!

Custom Jewelry Fine Jewelry Boutique Items Watch Batteries 580-369-3140 308 E. Main | Davis OK

Boutique Brands… Not Boutique Prices Women’s • Men’s • Kids’ Clothing • Boots • Jewelry • FR Clothes

115 W. Main • Davis, OK • 580-369-5180

Field Guide Tip:

“Purchase end-of -season clothing: You can find huge markdowns on cl othing prices— sometimes 75% or more—when the se ason for those clothes is almost over. Retailers sl as h prices to get rid of things like swim suits in Septembe r, shorts in November, or sw eaters in April. If you’re willing to wait a few month s between buying clothes an wearing them, you’ll score serious savings m ultiple times a ye ar.”

– “6 Tips and Tric ks for the Smart Shopper” Dave Ramsey, ©20 20 Lampo Licens ing LLC, https://www.dav eramsey.com/blo g/6-secrets-smar t-shopper.

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

27


Where to Stay... ARDMORE (The) Guest House at Maria’s Garden – Newly renovated…and cute as a dollhouse. A sweet cottage offering 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, full kitchen, a deck to sit, relax and unwind and all the amenities of home. Each room is decorated with unique styling and great attention to detail. Located next to Maria’s Garden, a shop full of home & garden gifts, boutique clothing and more. Call for info.

580-223-2500 • www.guesthousemarias.net Lake Murray Floating Cabins – Floating vacation villas, lodges, cottages of various sizes, sleep max of 4 up to max of 18, boat or jet ski can be docked at your door, well equipped kitchens, linens furnished, cable TV w/ DVD, some handicap access. South of Ardmore. 580-223-0088 www.lakemurrayfloatingcabins.com

Shiloh Morning Inn Bed & Breakfast – Luxurious country inn on 73 acres. 5 large suites and 4 secluded cottages, all w/ king beds, TV/DVD, mini fridge and either whirlpool tub for 2 or private hot tub. Sumptuous breakfast and dinner available served in your suite or cottage. Outside of Ardmore.

580-223-9500 • www.shilohmorning.com

DAVIS Davis Inn Motel – 13 clean units, modern decor, great beds, free wireless internet, 1 & 2 bed kitchenettes are fully equipped, rooms with micro/fridge, cable TV w/ Spanish, also furnished apartments w/ full service, bbq grill, picnic area with horseshoes. Centrally located on Hwy 77, 2 blocks south of Main Street.

Sherry’s cell 580-369-0826 or 580-369-2384

Lake Murray FL

DOUGHERTY

oating Cabins

south of Ardm

ore.

Canyon Hill Cabin – A home away from home offering beautiful countryside, peace and quiet. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths set on 30 acres. Fully furnished & equipped, sleeps up to 10, WI-FI, TV w/ streaming capability, detached game room, large deck, charcoal grill, firepit. Walking trails on property. Complimentary breakfast for 2 on Saturday. Located in heart of Arbuckle Mountains, short distance to Dougherty. www.canyonhillcabin.com Rock Creek Retreat – Tree houses for “big” people…for all of

us adults that want to revisit that childhood joy. Sure, you can bring the kids if you like. Four newly built cabins (one sleeps 2, the others sleep up to 6), allow you to enjoy the view from amongst the leaves but still have easy access via a sturdy staircase. In wooded, remote area overlooking Rock Creek; a wonderful escape. Set on 100 acres of wilderness, hiking, wild life watching. Kitchen/ Kitchenette, linens furnished, TV/DVD, gas grill/fire pit, picnic tables, clean, climate controlled bathhouse. 469-556-4903

Search Facebook for Rock Creek Retreat info.

SULPHUR Buckhorn Road Cabins – Cozy, comfortable cabins in the

country, nestled in grove of oak trees. 1 mile from Buckhorn side of Arbuckle Lake…the quieter side of the lake. 3 cabins, sleep up to 4 or 6, baths w/ shower, linens, kitchenette, satellite TV, propane grills, picnic tables. Great setting for porch sitting and wildlife watching. Ask about off-season discounts. Owners Mike and Janie Hardoin, south of Sulphur, just off Hwy 177.

Mountain View Motel – 32 units, convenient to Arbuckle Wilderness, Turner Falls Park and I-35. Truck parking, highspeed wireless internet, pets allowed (fee), laundry, micro/fridge/ coffeemaker in room, cable/HBO. Sr. discount. South of Davis, 2471 Hwy 77 South. 580-369-2321 • www.davisokmotel.com

580-622-6899 • www.BuckhornRoadCabins.com

Turner Falls Park Cabins – Located inside Turner Falls Park, 12 duplex one-room cabins, set beside creek or on mountain top near campground. Sleeps 4, bed linens furnished, kitchenettes, picnic tables, grills. Start at $250 for 4 per night, includes Turner Falls Park day admission fee. South of Davis.

Cedar Creek Cabins – Secluded, cozy cabins, some w/ fireplaces, satellite TV, wi-fi, themed décor. Fully equipped kitchens, linens, full bath. Small private fishing pond. Daily, weekly, monthly rentals. On Buckhorn side of Arbuckle Lake. Starting at $120. South of Sulphur. 405-659-3128 and 405-620-1549

580-369-2988 • www.turnerfallspark.com

28

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

www.cedarcreekcabinsok.com


Cedar Ridge Cabin – Quiet cabin, centrally located for

convenience. All modern amenities, 2 bdr/sleeps 4, fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, internet access, everything needed to make a stay in the Arbuckle Lake area relaxing and comfortable. Non-smoking. Across from Bluestem Prairie area of National Park property for wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, boat ramp nearby. Between Sulphur & Davis.

580-993-0403 • www.seeourcabin.com

Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center –

Beautiful, scenic venue on south side of Arbuckle Lake. Undisturbed view of Arbuckle Mountains, 43 luxury rooms/ suites, indoor pool & hot tub, Sole’renity Spa, sauna/steam room, fitness center. Perfect for weekend getaway, groups/reunions, corporate gatherings. Team building events, ropes course, outdoor activities, special event venue. Great outdoor spaces for walking, wildlife watching, fishing pond w/canoes/paddleboats, Disc Golf course. Restaurant on site. 4205 Goddard Youth Camp Road, south of Sulphur. 580-993-2327 or 855-899-8260

Whether you p refer rustic cab ins, second-to-none hotel accomod ations, a little slice of country, or scen ic vistas from wide open windows, it’s a ll waiting for you in and around the Arbuckles. Yo u can find the perfect retreat for your getaway right here.

www.chickasawretreat.com

Echo Canyon Spa Resort – Luxury Lodging in beautiful surroundings, blocks from Nat’l Park, in-room Jacuzzi hot tubs, in-house 5 star dining serving prime beef, new cottage available, award-winning day spa (open to public). A very romantic getaway. 350 Lawton Ave. For spa info and reservations:

580-421-5076 • www.echocanyonmanor.com

Henson Cabins – 2 private bedrooms, queen beds, linens

provided, sleeps 6, full kitchen, central heat/air, TV/DVD, just ½ mile from boat launch, 2 miles to Guy Sandy Ramp. Between Sulphur/Davis, central to area attractions. Starting at $120.

ins south of

Cab Cedar Creek

580-618-6180

Super 8 of Sulphur – 39 units, king/queen beds, Super Start breakfast, restaurants nearby, free local calls, micro/fridge/hairdryer, cable TV/HBO, free high-speed Internet, business center, nonsmoking rooms, pets allowed, laundry. 2116 W. Broadway, Sulphur.

580-622-6500 • www.super8.com

Field Guide Tip:

ities maining soaps to char re e th e giv ls te ho e “Som ey do, s worth checking if th like Clean the World. It’ ng soap tter use of the remaini as perhaps that’s a be n in your ur luggage or forgotte yo in t los ng tti ge an th ing t. Many hotels are mov home medicine cabine - and ensers, both as a cost sp di e ttl -bo ge lar rd towa .” Earth-saving measure Taught You” “10 Hotel Tips No One – Morrison, Geoffrey. nytimes.com/ ly 2019, https://www. New York Times, 30 Ju ht-you.html. -hotel-tips-no-one-taug 2019/07/30/travel/10

Sulphur

l i e t u a b ’s A Mexican Restaurant

R TRY OU NNER NEW DI S! N ADDITIO

Margaritas Available Family Owned and Operated Open 7 Days A Week

(580) 622-2285

2514 W. Broadway St. Sulphur, OK

NEW LOCATIO

N

Open: Mon-Thu 11 to 9 Fri & Sat 11 to 10 Sun 11 to 3

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

29


rea

A n o ti a e r c e R l a n o ti a N Chickasaw

• Yamaha Outboards • Four Winns • G3 • Nautic Star • Sanger Wake/Surf Boats • New Boat Sales & Services Marine, Boat & Ski/Wakeboard/Surf Accessories Bait & Tackle • Ice & Snacks OUR

IN DAVIS, OKLAHOMA

30

8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday Open Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

52 ND YEAR!

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

(closed Sundays September-May)

(580) 369-2687

1960 E. Main • Davis, OK www.arbucklesportscenter.com


Chickasaw

National Recreation Area

“Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters” Oklahoma’s Oldest National Park

• Swimming

• Picnicking

• Camping

• Waterskiing

• Hunting

• Nature Center

• Fishing

• Bird Watching

• Wildlife Viewing

• Boating

• Hiking

• Ranger-guided Programs

For more information, call

(580) 62 2-72 34

or visit our website: www.nps.gov/chic This page sponsored by - Sulphur, Oklahoma

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

31


Insta

32

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


Marilyn’s Real Estate Serving South Central Oklahoma’s Real Estate Needs For 42 Years! • Commercial • Residential • Farm & Ranch • Lake Property

Independent Insurance Agency 313 E. Main • Davis 580-369-3851 Marilyn Risner Burke – Broker/Owner

www.marilynsrealestateokla.com

Cedar Ridge Real Estate • Residential • Lake Property • Vacation • Farm & Ranch • Commercial Homes

580-622-3233 1309 W. Broadway • Sulphur After 5pm & Weekends? No Problem! View properties on the web: CedarRidgeRealEstate.com

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

33


Where to Eat... The Arbuckle Area is home to a smorgasbord of great dining establishments. This Restaurant Review will give you a quick reference of local eateries. All businesses listed are Fun Times Magazine advertisers, so look for their ads for more information.

ARDMORE

2 Frogs Grill – “Casual dining with a funky blues twist - that’s their motto. Steaks, seafood, southern cuisine, live entertainment on occasional Friday & Saturday nights. A really fun eating experience. Call about catering. Check website for concerts and events. Open 7 days a week, lunch & dinner. 2646 W. Broadway (exit 31A off I-35), Ardmore. 580-226-FROG (3764) • www.twofrogsgrill.com

DAVIS

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies – Just like grandma used to make for the ranch hands. It’s a meal or a treat in a pocket. Made fresh all day long, fruit, cream, pecan, no-sugar-added and savory. Call ahead if you like, dozen discounts, dining for large and small groups. Open 7a-7p, 7 days a week, I-35 exit 51, on Hwy 77. 580-369-7830 Kerri’s Dougherty Diner – The place where the locals go for catfish. Everything you want when you are catfish hungry. Choice of sides, all food served up hot and fresh. Catfish not your thing? Also have excellent burgers, chicken fried steak and menu options. Kid’s meals. Catering available. Open Tue - Fri 11a-8p, Sat 3p-8p. 207 N. 3rd St. (1 blk north of only stoplight). 580-247-9084 Las Cascadas – Let the Romo Family serve you authentic Mexican

food, from mild to wild, great variety to choose from, daily specials, kid’s meal, all of your favorites. Now serving Margaritas. Patio dining available, family operated - taking pride in great service & delicious food. Closed Tuesdays. 215 E. Main. 580-369-2031

p:

i T e d i u G d l Fie

ng to ple are willi o e p If . s e n ry, that “Look for li certain eate wasting a t a e in d ating wait to e not advoc ’r e mes W t. lo a iting long ti says a w e m ti n catio precious va meal, d for every ks hot, to be seate pot that loo s a d n fi u e o but once y a better tim d n fi to h c ear e if they do your res n better, se e v e r o , k c to come ba rvation.” take a rese

g a Good s to Findin ip T “8 . ry a oo, – Solan, Hil ile Traveling” TravelZ oo.com/ h W t ww.travelz w / / Restauran s: p tt h , er 2017 nt-while20 Septemb nding-a-good-restaura to-fi blog/8-tips/ traveling-2

Los Generales – Everything you are looking for - fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, lunch specials every day, kids meals, Mexican desserts, margaritas & Mexican beer. Try something different - the Molcajete Mixto! Open-summer hours-Sun-Thur 11a-9p, Fri-Sat 11a-10p (reduced winter hours). East edge of Davis, 910 E. Main. 580-369-5200

Snak Shaks – Need to grab a

quick bite? Check the Snak Shaks for broasted chicken, potato logs, egg rolls, BBQ, burritos & more. Some locations have Hot Stuff Pizza, Cinnamon Street Bakery Rolls & Cookies & Eddie Pepper Mexican Food. I-35 location even has an A&W Stop with the famous root beer, hot dogs & more. Eight locations for you (3 in Sulphur, 3 in Davis, 1 in Wynnewood, and 1 in Mill Creek).

The staff at Las Cascadas can’t be beat!

34

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


DOUGHERTY RockHouse Bakery & Gifts – Sweet little familyoperated stop for a wonderful treat. Serving freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of homemade baked goods. The bakery items have made a name for themselves with locals and visitors. Stop in for a cup of specialty coffee and a pastry or grab lunch with girlfriends. A place to slow down and enjoy the moment. Tea room available for small events. Special event cakes by order. Fun gift shop to add to your experience. Open Thur-Fri 11a-5:30p, Sat 10a-3p. 501 Main St.

580-993-2117 • 580-618-4350

SULPHUR

Abuelita’s – Dish up some real Mexican food! Varied

2 Frogs provid

es delicious fo

selections with all the things you’d expect - tacos, burritos, enchiladas and so on ... and some surprises. Get your fill of spicy food or opt for a milder choice. New location, west edge of Sulphur at 2514 W. Broadway.

od with a grea

t atmosphere!

580-622-2285

Mamma D’s – Mamma must be back in the kitchen ‘cause what’s coming out tastes like home cookin’. Whether breakfast or lunch, Darlene turns out good old country-style meals…no flashy big-city dishes here. Pick up a fork & knife and prepare for biscuits/gravy, bacon/eggs, omelets & pancakes. For lunch, you have a choice of REAL hamburgers w/ toppings that go way beyond cheese. Try the Philly Cheese Steak, chicken strips, BLT & fresh, hand-cut French fries. Daily specials might include meatloaf, fresh hand-breaded chicken-fried steak, or the cook’s choice. Located inside The Fillin’ Station w/ cold & hot drinks, snacks, etc. Kitchen open M-Sat 6a-2p, Summer (M-Fri - winter). Store open 6a-10p. 1628 W. Broadway. 580-622-6606 Shady Oaks Store – On the way to the Arbuckle Lake? Don’t go hungry. Pick up a picnic or snacks to enjoy. Hot foods include Hunt Brothers Pizza and Hunt Brothers Wing Bites, which are great while boating. Deli sandwiches are made to your order and hot dogs are kids’ favorite. Plenty of cold drinks, chips, and lite bites. (Drinks and snacks also at Shady Oaks Boat Rental location at Point Boat Dock) Open summer time; seasonal spring & fall. 4022 Cooper Memorial Rd. - 1 mile from The Point on Arbuckle Lake. 580-622-6101 Snak Shaks – Need to grab a quick bite? Check the Snak Shaks for broasted chicken, potato

logs, egg rolls, BBQ, burritos & more. Some locations have Hot Stuff Pizza, Cinnamon Street Bakery Rolls & Cookies & Eddie Pepper Mexican Food. I-35 location even has an A&W Stop with the famous root beer, hot dogs & more. Eight locations for you (3 in Sulphur, 3 in Davis, 1 in Wynnewood, and 1 in Mill Creek).

Sweet Swirlz – Not what your mama would consider dinner exactly, but worth consideration when you have a sweet tooth. Featuring a variety of flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings, and Dippin’ Dots…and candy, candy, candy! Sun-Thur 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-11p. Located at 6 W. Muskogee St, outside of Artesian Hotel (south side). 580-622-8080

TISHOMINGO

Scotty’s Blue River One Stop – Burgers, beer, breakfast (and bait for the fish to eat). Grab a bite on your way to Blue River. Burgers hot off the grill, breakfast served daily until 11:00am, eat in or carry out. Convenience store offers cold drinks, snacks, ice. Grab a picnic lunch and head to the river. Open year round at 7am. Sun closed at 5pm, Mon-Thur 6pm, Fri-Sat 7pm. Grill closes 1 hour earlier. 1 mile from Blue River, 9 miles NE of Tishomingo at 4501 S. Bullard Chapel Rd. 580-371-9288.

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

35


h h h h a a a Sp

s e l k c u b r A e h t in

Travel to the Arbuckle Area and leave the real world behind. Slow down, find some peace and allow caring and compassionate hands to care for you. Two luxurious spas in Sulphur are waiting to serve you. Make your appointment for restoration at Echo Canyon Spa Resort or Sole’renity Spa at the Artesian.

Tim e to R elax !

Over 100 treatments are offered at Echo Canyon, with the goal of indulging their guests. This is a destination spa so you may stroll from your room, through the tranquil setting of the orchards, to your treatment room. Choose from a variety of nurturing services, be pampered, then relax on the covered veranda and let time drift by. Sole’renity Spa was named in the Top 100 Spas of 2019 by Spas of America. This rating is based on unique page views and consumer choices on spasofamerica.com. The spa is located within The Artesian Hotel. Sole’renity offers an array of therapeutic and wellness treatments to renew, replenish, and revitalize mind, body and soul. With an extensive spa menu, you may be assured you will find the perfect treatments to restore you. A beautiful setting and an exceptional experience. For more information on Echo Canyon Spa Resort or Sole’renity Spa, search Facebook or call 580-421-5076 (Echo) or 580-622-8128 (Sole’renity).

Sulphur Historical Museum Presenting the Unique History of Sulphur, OK

Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Davis Museum In Historic Santa Fe Depot

Listed on National Register of Historic Places

• Platt Nat’l Park & Sulphur History • Boy Scout & Military items • Telephones & Business Machines • Vintage Cameras Managed by Arbuckle Historical Society of Murray County

580-622-5593

402 W. Muskogee • Downtown Sulphur Saturdays 1pm-5pm - Winter by appointment Contact for info • email:ahsmc@brightok.net

• Fort Arbuckle Model • Buffalo Soldiers Exhibit • Territorial Room • Broom-making Exhibit Managed by Arbuckle Historical Society

580-369-2518

12 E. Main • Downtown Davis Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

36

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


RV Camping in the Arbuckles

your vacation without the blem! Rent an RV trailer for pro No ? per cam No – l and kitchenware. Set up Journey’Z Camper Renta fully equipped with linens are ers mp Ca . nce ura ins rney. Enjoy vacationing in expense of tax, title and an units ready for your jou Cle . ice cho m r you of k par ou rneyzcamperrental.co service is available at the 77 or 618 -2983 • ww w.j -27 18 0-6 58 e. hom of ts nature with the comfor creation Area – Chickasaw National Re uckle

Platt District and Arb Numerous sites within tt t and RV camping in Pla Lake area. Primitive ten orn ckh Bu at s up with hookDistrict. Improved sites ls. gril s, use ho r we sho p, and Point areas. 30/50-am , swimming, fishing. rts Lake area offers water spo t, h hook-ups, Platt Distric wit RV for 30 2-$ $2 st: Co of est thw Lake area sou south edge of Sulphur; 4 23 2-7 62 Sulphur. 580-

ww w.nps.gov/chic

g in the

– Quiet campin Country Day’s RV Park er 40” crowd in mind.

“ov country created with the hru, l hook-ups, most pull-t 15 sites, 30/50 amp, ful T AD & e gat ry ent ured all bills paid, WI-FI, sec s r house, picnic tables, pet Security, laundry/showe st (ea a are orn ckh Bu ar Ne welcome. Open all year. . ceful, wildlife watching side)of Arbuckle Lake, pea Hwy 177, then 2 miles on 6 miles south of Sulphur 2232 Cedar Blue Rd. west on Cedar Blue Road.

e mile from

Located on Shady Oaks RV Park –le Lake. Full hook-ups,

uck Point Boat Dock of Arb les, some pull-thru, picnic tab ic, ctr ele p am 20-30-50 y, ndr lau n gs, WI-FI, coi most have grills or fire rin r, shade trees. Seasonal lte she rm sto , use ho shower mises. Daily, weekly, convenience store on pre r south of Hwy 7 on Coope monthly rates. 4 miles ur. ph Sul ), west edge of Memorial Dr. (Point Rd m

shadyoakrv park.co 580-622-6101 • ww w.

s with 30/40/50-

RV site Turner Falls Park – 37 0 tent sites, all inside

50 amp electric hook-ups, p station, picnic, swim, dum s, use ho r we Sho k. par ice ns, 77-foot waterfall. Pol hike, geological formatio per t ten 0 2.5 $1 ht, nig patrolled. Cost: $25 per I-35 . Highway 77 between night, plus day admission . vis Da of es south exits 47 and 51, or 5 mil m

turnerfallspark.co 580-369-2988 • ww w.

580-618-3768 rk.com ww w.countrydaysrv pa

Field Guide Tip:

all, peaceful RV site

Sm Dougherty RV Park – , 15 sites, full hook-

ns. in heart of Arbuckle Mt les, grills. Laundromat, tab nic pic p, am /50 30 , up ly ck. Daily, weekly, month convenience store 1 blo erty, ugh Do wn nto dow in rates. 112 Healey Road 68 or 580-465-2118 America. 580-465-37 Nicely shaded sites, Rock Creek RV Park – fe Refuge. Live fishing ldli Wi nal adjacent to Natio l l formations. 30 sites, ful / creek & unique geologica ner Ow . me lco omat, pets we hook-ups, WI-FI, laundr , ing tch wa d bir g, tin set ul manager on-site. Peacef e y, monthly rates. 1 mil hiking trails. Daily, weekl . 22 y Hw W. 00 west of Tishomingo – 53

580-371-6782 .com or Facebook ww w.rockcreekr vpark e Stop – Park your Scotty’s Blue River On Blue River for

“Watch out for each other. Keeping a watchful eye on you and your neighbor’s belongings can go a long way to fostering a safe campground environment.

beautiful “home” 1 mile from the tching and spectacular wa e dlif wil , ing fishing, hik full hook-up sites w/ 20 scenery. RV park offers at store and grill serving gre 30/50 amp. Convenience ekly, we ily, Da le. ilab ava e burgers on site. Propan ntry setting. 9 miles monthly rates. Quiet cou 01 S. Bullard Chapel Rd. 45 go, northeast of Tishomin

As more people crisscross the nation in RVs, it’s increasingly important to respect the boundaries of others. Being a good RV neighbor isn’t difficult; it just requires consideration of others, which sometimes gets lost during the relaxed nature of vacations.” – “10 RV Camping Tips to Ensure a Great Vacation” Nationwide, 21 November 2019, https://blog. nationwide.com/rv-camping-tips/

us on Facebook 580-371-9288 • Find

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

37


s y a d i l o H & Happenings

time of d or canceled at the ne po st po en be ve some events may ha -to-date information. s, up ce ith an w st s um ge rc pa ci ok nt Due to rece w have Facebo These are sponsors listed belo gs in the Arbuckles. t in en en ev t pp os ha M d le n. du io at he y! public with sponsors. Enjo tion by attending sc es ca va tim d ur yo an s to te e da nc y order. Verif Add a fun experie but in no particular th on m by d te lis ts annual even

ation m r o f n I t c a t n o C ea nal Recreation Ar

of Commerce brightok.net Sulphur Chamber • email: sulphur@ er.com ww w.sulphurchamb • (580) 622-2824 Sulphur, OK 73086 717 W. Broadway -

Commerce Davis Chamber of : davischamber@davisok.org email ww w.davisok.org • 369-2402 OK 73030 • (580) , vis Da 300 E. Main

.) ral Center (C.C.C Chickasaw Cultuura lcenter.com

6 • (580) 622-7130 ww w.chickasawcult - Sulphur, OK 7308 . Dr l ria mo Me er 867 Coop

r of Commerce Ardmore Chambe

ww w.ardmore.org (580) 223-7765 dmore, OK 73401 • 410 W. Main St. - Ar

ckles Artists of the Arbules.com.com

rbuck (580) 622-5744 ww w.artistsofthea lphur, OK 73086 • Su e ge sko Mu . W 330

JANUARY

JUNE

FEBRUARY

JULY

Bald Eagle Watch – Sulphur/National Park Presidents’ Day Blue River Trout Derby – Tishomingo

MARCH

Three Sisters Spring Celebration – C.C.C.

APRIL

Youth Art Show – Artist of the Arbuckles Student Photography Show – Artists of Arbuckles Wildflower Walk – Sulphur/National Park

MAY

Adult Art Photography Show – Artists of Arbuckles Firefly Glow Run – Tishomingo Sulphur Days/BBQ Cook-off – Sulphur Citywide Garage Sale – Davis Pennington Creek Canoe & Kayak Regatta – Tishomingo Wildflower Walks – Sulphur/National Park Valley Rally Bike Tour – Pauls Valley Water Park Opens – Pauls Valley

38

Chickasaw Natio

e Center - East end • Travertine Natur ic /ch ov s.g np w. ww • (580) 622-7234 Sulphur, OK 73086

of Commerce omingo Chamber Johnston Co./Tish er.com

tyokchamb ww w.johnstoncoun .com tychamber@gmail un co 75 email: johnston 73460 • 580-371-21 OK o, ng 2 • Tishomi 504 W. Main, Ste 10

ber of Commerce Pauls Valley Cham

mber.com 1 ww w.paulsvalleycha 075 • 405-238-649 Pauls Valley, OK 73 112 E. Paul Ave. •

ber of Commerce Wynnewood Cham chamber.com ww w.w ynnewood 8 newood, OK 7309 P.O. Box 616 • Wyn

Okie NoodlingTournament – Pauls Valley

Johnston Co. Red, White & Boom – Tishomingo Round-up Club Rodeo – Wynn Summerfest – Davis

AUGUST

Hereford Heaven Open Rodeo – Sulphur

SEPTEMBER

Recall Run – Pauls Valley Brick Fest & Police Officers Car Show – Pauls Valley Antique Tractor & Implement Show – Sulphur City Of Springs Car Show – Sulphur Annual Art Show – Artists of the Arbuckles Chickasaw Annual Meeting & Festival – Sulphur & Tishomingo Monarch Butterfly Watch – C.C.C. Bison View 5K – Sulphur

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

of Platt District

OCTOBER

Annual Alfalfa Bill Bicycle Ride - Tishomingo Brown Ranch Hay Maze - Ardmore INFO Golf Tournament – Davis & Sulphur Pumpkin Fest – Wynnewood

NOVEMBER

Hills of Oklahoma Bike Tour - Davis Veteran’s Day Blue River Trout Derby - Tishomingo Veterans Day Parade – Sulphur Festival of Lights drive-thru opens – Ardmore Christmas Light Drive – C.C.C. Opening Night Light Show & Parade – Sulphur

DECEMBER

Christmas w/ Santa & Christmas Classics Parade – Tishomingo Crafts & Quilts – Artists of the Arbuckles Christmas Parade – Pauls Valley Christmas Light Show – Sulphur Christmas Parade – Wynnewood Christmas Parade, Chili Cook-off – Davis Festival of Lights drive thru park – Ardmore Historic Candle Light Tour – Sulphur/National Park


Have No Fear... the Toy & Action Figure Museum At The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, the young and young at heart will step into the fantasy world of superheroes and comic books. For the small price of admission, you may depart from harsh reality and become the conqueror that saves the day… or learn about one. Visitors to the museum will find displays explaining how action figures are created, from concept to design through manufacturing. Just being in the 6,000 square foot building, with all the explosive colors, is a visual treat. Viewing the exhibits will take you back to longforgotten heroes as well as acquaint you with present day characters. Guests walk through a “skyscaper” to enter in to “Action City”. Action figures are hidden within the colorful shapes and your eyes will have to go on a scavenger hunt to see all the treasures. There are rooms where families can interact and become their

Is Here!

favorite superhero. Be sure to check out the life-size diorama of an adult collector’s bedroom and the cave-like room with an extensive Batman collection. The Toy and Action Figure Museum is also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, a display of original art by individuals who have worked professionally in the field of comics. The artists of Dick Tracy, Broomhilda, Alley Oop, Batman and more have their work on exhibit here, and all have Oklahoma ties. For more information, visit the website at www.actionfiguremuseum.com, search for them on Facebook, or call 405-238-6300. The Museum is located at 111 S. Chickasaw in downtown Pauls Valley, just 2 miles off I-35 at exit 72.

Become a Friend of the Park Does your family have a long history of reunions in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA), possibly dating back to the Platt National Park days? Or perhaps you are a “newbie” to the peace and serenity this Park offers. Either way, you are invited to join the Friends of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, or Friends of the Park, as they are commonly known. For the last two decades, Park Friends Groups have been created to assist National Parks all across America. These groups support needed park programs and projects that have been beyond the reach of appropriated dollars, especially in these days of cut-backs. One focus of the Friends of CNRA is the bison herd. Descendants of the current herd were brought to this park in the 1920s. A historical part of CNRA, the Friends are working to enhance the visitor’s experience in viewing them as well as their care. In 2016, an interpretive sign was placed at the Bison Viewpoint. This was a project co-funded by Friends and Leadership Murray County. We need your help. If you enjoy the special place that this park is and want to see the amazing beauty remain for generations to come, become a Friend. Celebrate the fact that CNRA does not charge entrance fees by joining the Friends Group. Annual memberships are $25. for individuals, $50. for families. Business and corporate levels are available. Your dues are tax-deductible and funds are kept local. Membership information is available on the Friends Group Facebook page where you may join thru PayPal or mail a check to P.O. Box 976, Sulphur, OK 73086. Information is also available at Sulphur Chamber of Commerce, 717 W. Broadway, 580-622-2824 or the CNRA Superintendent’s Office at 901 W. 1st St., 580-622-7220.

HENSON CABINS ❋ Sleeps 6

❋ Full Bath

❋ 2 Private Bedrooms

❋ Central Heat/Air

❋ Full Kitchen

❋ TV/DVD/VCR

❋ Close To Arbuckle Lake ❋ Firepit/Grill ❋ Walk To Private Fishing Lake

❋ 580-618-6180 ❋ www.acornvacationhomes.com ❋

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

39


Dougherty, America - Y Dougherty, OK lies deep in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, on the Washita River. The community’s storied past earned it a reputation of being tough and it was said “if you came with an attitude, you left with an attitude adjustment!”

The history of this burg is a tale of pre-statehood settlement by pioneerranchers, including Mazeppa Turner, the namesake of Turner Falls Park. In 1887, the railroad and post office were established and 1899 brought the first church. A school was chartered in 1908. Early day Dougherty was supported by rock-crushing plants, 2 cotton gins, farming and ranching. Today’s Dougherty has a different story. Quiet and secluded, not a lot goes on here… and that is just how the natives like it! Many families have been here for generations. A short

distance to area attractions, a drive to Dougherty pays off in scenic beauty, whether by auto or motorcycle.

Unique lodgings, a sumptuous eatery, a got-it-all convenience store, and an RV park make it possible to stay a while and enjoy the friendly community vibe Dougherty offers. Leave the concrete towers and city traffic behind, s-l-o-w down, and take the opportunity for a respite for mind and body. Two forms of lodging are available here. Rock Creek Retreat offers tree houses for big people with all the modern conveniences. Enjoy comfortable beds, kitchens or kitchenettes, and a sitting area. All cabins have TV/DVD but it is highly recommended that you ignore them and relish your surroundings. Enjoy a bird’s eye view on your deck for wildlife watching or relaxing. Or

on i t a c a v a Enjoy ! y tr n ou C in the

join other guests around the firepit in the evening. An historic bridge sits on the property and makes an amazing back drop for ceremonies and pictures.

The second lodging is Canyon Hill Cabin and is a great family gathering place. Situated on 30 acres and built with logs cut from the land, up to 10 people can sleep here. In the same family for 3 generations, they now hope guests will make happy memories here. Fully equipped, comfortable and ready for you to unpack…and stake your claim on the elevated deck for some peace and quiet. The wide-open view of the countryside and hiking trails are a bonus. You are bound to get hungry on your visit to this community and a visit to RockHouse Bakery & Gifts will cure that. They serve up sandwiches, soups, salads and occasional special

“Happiness is Homemade”

• 3 Bedroom/2 Bath - Sleeps up to 10 • 30 acres of Privacy • Fully Furnished & Equipped • WiFi/TV w/Streaming Capability • Detached Game Room

Thur-Fri 11:00am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-3pm

501 Main St. • Dougherty OK www.therockhouse-bakeryandgifts.weebly.com 580.993.2117 • 580.618.4350

• Large Deck/Firepit/Charcoal Grill • Complimentary breakfast for 2 on Saturday mornings at RockHouse Bakery • Near peaceful Dougherty, OK

For Information & Reservations www.canyonhillcabin.com

Canyon Hill Cabin 40

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

• Soups, salads & sandwiches • Homemade baked goods

• Specialty coffees • Special orders • Tea Room rental • Gift shop


Yesterday & Today lunches. But save room for the main event…the delectable desserts. There is NOT a bad choice here and making up your mind will be difficult. Wash it down with specialty coffee or tea. Finish your visit with a little retail therapy in the gift shop. If you like to take your home with you, park your wheels at Dougherty RV Park and enjoy the small-town friendliness. Nearby, you will find The Dougherty Store. You won’t find a store like this in Dallas. You can get your gas and groceries. Sit at the table with the locals and get an ear full of gossip, politics or air you own dirty laundry. Oh, and speaking of laundry, you might as well do yours while you are here ‘cause this is also the Laundromat. Seeking a step back in time? Maybe a slower pace? Come for the peace and quiet. Come to get back to nature. Come to totally get away. Just come. Turn your wheels towards Dougherty and enjoy the ride!

erage v a r u o y t "No ore!" t s e c n e i n conve mat

dro Beer • Laun • s a G • s ry Item pm Deli • Groce Days a Week - 7am-7 7 n Ope

5 3 7 2 3 9 9 580

On Ma

K

ougherty, O

owntown D

Beautiful D in Street of

RV PARK ly Rates ekly - Month

s Daily - We ps • 15 Site Full Hook-u Call For Info

2118 5 6 4 r o 8 6 re 580-4ea6ley5R-d.3•71 Block North of Dougherty Sto 2H 11

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

41


Where to Meet

Need a place to gather your group? Whether it is a party, meeting, reunion or wedding, the advertisers listed below will be glad to assist you. Contact information is provided to help you work out the details.

Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant – (Sulphur) Private room seats up to 40, great for meetings and celebrations, plenty of parking, easy access. Use of room free with purchase of meals. (Great menu selection) West edge of town, 2514 W. Broadway. 580-622-2285 Greater Southwest Historical Museum – (Ardmore) 2 venues - Education Room, ideal for smaller gatherings, kitchen; Noble Hall, large open area, available during non-operating hours of museum. 35 Sunset Dr. 580-226-3857

Guest House at Maria’s Garden – (Ardmore) Cozy guest cottage for intimate gatherings. Seated dinners for 10 (indoors) or 14 (outdoors). Parties, showers, etc for up to 40 (indoors) or 60 (outdoors). Overnights available. 114 Wheeler. 580-223-2500 Rock Creek Retreat Event Venue – (Dougherty) Beautiful outdoor setting in wooded area overlooking Rock Creek, Circa 1918 Pratt through-truss bridge on property, great photo back drop. Call to schedule events or photos. 469-556-4903 RockHouse Bakery – Tea room offers intimate gathering space for maximum of 15 diners or more attendees if not using

tables. Beautiful setting, offering catering for your event. Great place for ladies’ lunch, tea party, small birthday party or shower. Special event cakes by order. 501 Main St, Downtown Dougherty. 580-993-2117/580-618-4350

Chickasaw History On Display

Tishomingo is the historic capital of the Chickasaw Nation and the county seat of Johnston County. The Chickasaw Nation’s connection with the area precedes 1856, the year Chickasaw citizens gathered at Pennington Creek to draft the tribal constitution. Visitors can experience the Chickasaw story while visiting the Chickasaw National Capitol, Chickasaw Council House Museum, Chickasaw White House and nearby Ft. Washita. Chickasaw National Capitol Sitting atop a hill in Tishomingo, this stately three-story building served as the Chickasaw Nation’s Capitol until Oklahoma statehood. Built of locally-sourced granite in 1898, the restored building now serves as museum of the Chickasaw people. Guided tours are available, free of charge. Chickasaw Capitol Building, 411 W. 9th St., is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, except for federal holidays. For more information 580-371-9835.

Chickasaw White House The Chickasaw White House, in Emet, has served as a backdrop for many important historic and social events since its construction in 1895. The Victorian-style house was the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas Johnston and his family from 1898-1971. During his 36-year tenure as Chickasaw Governor, Johnston guided the Chickasaw Nation through statehood, with much of the work taking place in his office at the White House.

Chickasaw Council House Museum Visitors will discover the first Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory preserved inside the Chickasaw Council House Museum. Exhibits featuring several prominent Chickasaw citizens are part of the permanent collection as well as Chickasaw art, artifacts and archive materials.

Johnston and his wife, Bettie, also hosted political gatherings, tea parties, dances, and weddings at the home. The Chickasaw Nation has restored the building to its full grandeur with 14-foot ceilings, original furnishings and crystal chandeliers. Tours of the Chickasaw White House, 6379 E. Mansion Rd., are offered free of charge 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, except federal holidays. For more information call (580) 235-7343.

Cultural “make and take” classes are offered. The Chickasaw Council Museum is located next to the Chickasaw Capitol. It is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, except for federal holidays.

42

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

Fort Washita Built in 1842 as a United States military post, the mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians. Fort Washita gives visitors the opportunity to explore the restored structures, see reenactments, and experience a yearly Fur Trade Era Rendezvous. Fort Washita, 3348 OK-199, is located 12 miles northwest of Durant on S.H. 199. For more information, call 580-924-6502.


Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge

New Visitor’s Center Opens in Early 2020

A new visitor center will open its doors in early 2020. A variety of exhibits are offered, including orientation maps and videos, wildlife and natural habitat displays, interactive games and seasonally changing exhibits. A stop at the center before your tour through the refuge, will equip you to better enjoy your time.

Start at the orientation map to choose hiking trails, scenic drives, historic features and unique habitats you would like to visit. Streamline your wildlife search using exhibits featuring recent wildlife sightings and activities. Birders delight in the over 300 species that may be sighted here. Pick up a check list to see how many you can find. Learning and laughter pair up at the Sounds of Nature, an exhibit with a karaoke feature and other interactive habitat exhibits. Kick your brain into gear with the “Who Lives Here” game, matching animals to their habitat. Move on to the “Have You Seen…” wall that changes seasonally and highlights visitor’s recent sightings. Center staff are on hand to answer questions and give you guidance before you strike out on an exploration of the refuge. At the end of your tour, drop back in and report your experience use the exhibit tokens to record what you have spotted. Before you leave the center, be sure to view the video of the works of renowned photographer Joe P. Blackburn. Stunning photographs of wildlife and refuge scenery are displayed on a looping presentation. The inspiring images provide a glimpse of what can be experienced on the refuge. Mr. Blackburn’s love for nature and exquisite skills might just inspire you to try some wildlife photography of your own during your visit. Whether you are planning a day trip or a longer stay, you will find plenty to enjoy. Wildlife, bird watching and historic appreciation top the list in this scenic refuge. You may also enjoy self-guided trails through wildflower fields, woods and wetlands, a picnic pavilion with grills, fishing, boating, canoeing or kayaking in the summer season. Washita River, Pennington

and Sandy creeks flow in to greater Lake Texoma, providing homes to many fish, migratory birds and resident wildlife. Seasonal hunting is allowed and primitive campgrounds are available.

The refuge is open year-round, during daylight hours. Visitor Center hours: M-F 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. Consult Facebook for up-todate information on schedules and programs. The visitor’s center is located at 11766 S. Refuge Road, south of Tishomingo. Call 580-371-2402 for information.

Rock Creek

RV Park Adjacent to Wildlife Refuge Boundary • 30 sites w/full hookups • Wi-fi • 30/50 amp • Laundromat • Owner/Manager onsite • Pets welcome • Live fishing creek & geological formations • Beautiful shaded sites • Daily, weekly, monthly rates

www.rockcreekrvpark.com

1 mile west of Tishomingo 5300 W. Hwy 22 • 580-371-6782

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

43


Scotty’s r e v i R e u l B One Stop

Food for your belly. Food for the fishes’ belly. All the latest news on what’s biting, plus the biggest fish tales! Cold drinks for the day ahead. A place to park your RV home. Is it any wonder that this place is considered the one (and only) stop you need to make on your way to Blue River? Since the early ‘90s, Scotty’s Blue River One Stop has served locals and visitors at the intersection of South Bullard Chapel Road and Blue River Road. New owner Jason LaFevers was raised in the area and had his eye on the establishment since he was a teen. When ask what he loved about owning the One Stop, he replies that he enjoys the customers, many of whom have been visitors to “The Blue” for decades. They have become like family. It is also about his passion for the outdoors and sharing that with others. Everything you need to make your day at Blue River can be found at Scotty’s. Make the scenic drive along country roads, if for no other reason, to get a freshly grilled burger or breakfast. Pick up some bait, picnic supplies, and the aforementioned fishing news and you are on your way to a successful day at the river. Even if you never wet a hook, Blue River is great place to hike or relax. You will find Scotty’s at 4501 South Bullard Chapel Road, 9 miles northeast of Tishomingo. Check them out on Facebook or call 580-371-9288. Open 7 days a week at 7:00 a.m.

44

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

Beauty and the RV Park

Beautifully shaded sites, walking and biking trails, unique geological formations, a live fishing creek… this is not your typical RV park. That is a fact that you will appreciate during a stay at Rock Creek RV Park. The location of this unusual park sits adjacent to the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and Rock Creek, a live fishing creek, runs through it. This area of Oklahoma is known for its very distinct granite outcroppings. Many examples of this geology can be seen in the land surrounding the RV park. Guests here are invited to make use of the trails and enjoy some exploring. Of course, the necessary amenities are all here. Full hookups, Wi-Fi, laundromat, pets welcome and an owner/ manager on site to assist you. The sites are nicely spaced to allow everyone some room and most of the park is forested, providing scenic, shady spots. Embark on a nature escape at the place you park your traveling home. Rock Creek RV Park is at 5300 W. Hwy 22, 1 mile west of Tishomingo. Call them (580-371-6782) or check their website (www.rockcreekrvpark.com) for information.


Spend Some Time at Blue River s ping p o r outc River e t i n ue gra ong Bl al Blue River is 3,367 acres of Postoak and Blackjack timber and beautiful waters broken by the occasional waterfall. Located just 8 miles northeast of Tishomingo in Southeast Oklahoma, this area offers spectacular views, great hiking, picnicking and wildlife watching. Some of the animal species you may see in the area include quail, deer, turkey, rabbit, coyote, bobcat and raccoon, dove, and bald eagles on occasion. Well -known for its winter trout fishing, opportunities to make a great catch abound at Blue River. From November 1st through March 31st, the river is stocked with rainbows about every week. This area is managed by the

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, so make sure you have an updated fishing or hunting license, or a conservation pass for day/weekend use. Purchase passes and licenses at the Chickasaw Information Center, Main Street in Tishomingo. Fishing license can also be bought at Tish Lumber and Scotty’s Blue River One Stop. A couple of not-to-be-missed events for trout fishermen are the trout derbies. Held on President’s Day weekend and Veteran’s Day weekend, these are wellattended tournaments. Registration information can be found at Scotty’s Blue River One Stop’s Facebook page or by calling 580-371-9288. In addition to great fishing and hunting that Blue River provides, this is a beautiful location to just get out in nature. The geological formations that the area is known for are prevalent in the park. Huge granite outcroppings are an unusual site for most visitors and are magnificent upon close inspection. Grab a picnic lunch and plan to make a day of

Blue River is lo cated at 3251 S. Hutchin s Lane, Tishom ingo, 580-443-5728 License require d for hunting/fi shing Conservation P ass required for day use.

hiking, exploring and relaxing. Again, you will need a conservation pass for day use. All camping is primitive and is allowed only in designated areas. There are two entrances to Blue River -South entrance 4 miles east of Tishomingo on State Hwy 78, 6½ miles north on Bullard Chapel Road or North entrance – 9 miles north of Tishomingo on U.S. Hwy 377, 1 mile east on State Hwy 7.

’s y t t o c S

BLUE RIVER One Stop

• Beer • Fishing Supplies • Bait • Breakfast & Burgers Daily • Propane • RV Camp Sites

Open Year Round • 1 Mile to Blue River Entrance 4501 South Bullard Chapel Rd. • Tishomingo, OK • 580-371-9288

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

45


Pauls Valley & Wynnewood History, Culture and Explorations

A few minutes north of the Arbuckle Mountains, on the slopes of the Washita River, are the cities of Pauls Valley and Wynnewood. In 1887, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad constructed tracks along the fertile valley and the beginnings of these towns came to life. Each has deep historical roots as well as small town friendliness. Pauls Valley flourished as a farming and ranching community and became a town with a post office in 1871. Fertile soil, the proximity of the river and the railroad brought about rapid growth and prosperity. Early day rancher, Smith Paul, an adopted Chickasaw citizen, is the towns namesake. Today, Pauls Valley offers visitors a chance to slow down and stroll downtown’s brick streets, a trademark of the city. The Santa Fe Museum taps in to the history and culture and the Toy & Action Figure Museum will delight all ages. The Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer makes daily stops, allowing folks the experience of “riding the rails”. The Family Aquatic Park provides cool recreation to guests. The townsite of Wynnewood began in 1886 as a small settlement in Indian Territory. In the spring of 1887, the town went from a “tent city” into a thriving town. It was named Wynnewood by the residential railroad men, after their hometown in Pennsylvania. Today, many of the first town buildings such as the Eskridge Hotel, bank and historic homes still stand, giving us a glimpse into Wynnewood’s historic past. The Eskridge Hotel was once considered the finest accommodation along the railroad route between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Now owned by the Wynnewood Historical Society, the hotel is open only by advance appointment. (Denese – 580-768-2500) Other notable attractions and events are the brick streets, annual Rodeo (July), Pumpkin Fest (Oct), and the Christmas Celebration (Dec). Both cities are worth a stop as you meander through the Arbuckle Area. Up to date information may be found on their Facebook pages.

Visit • Shop • Dine Enjoy small-town tradition and fun at our annual events: • Round-up Club Rodeo July • Pumpkin Fest October • Christmas Parade December

www.wynnewoodchamber.com

In Historic Wynnewood Where Hospitality is never out of Style!

46

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


405-238-6300

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

47


Lake Murray State Park Ardmore, Oklahoma ANADARCHE NATURE TRAIL

PECAN GROV E PICNIC AREA

FIELD TRIAL AREA

GROUP CAMP #1

BOAT RAMP

TO MADILL

DUKE’S BALL FIELD

ATV / MOTORCYCLE AREA

RC FLYING FIELD GROUP CAMP #2

ELEPHANT ROCK

CEDAR COVE BUCK HORN NATURE TRAIL TIPP’S POINT

CISCO RD.

SUNSE T BEACH DAY USE AREA

PICNIC SHELT ER

MART IN’S LANDING

AIR STRIP GOLF COUR SE

PARK OFFICE

CHAPEL STABLES FISHING RESORT LODGE PIER TENNIS COURT / POOL

ROCK TOWER

MARINA / BEACH AREA

GROUP CAMP #3

BUZZARD’S ROOS T

TUCK ER TOWER NATURE CENTER

SKI JUMP

DAM

MARIE TTA LANDING

TO MARIE TTA

NO SKI AREA

ATV

Lake Murray

48

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

State Park

Nature Cen ter


OPEN YEAR ROUND

Paradise on the Water VACATION IN BEAUTIFUL LAKE MURRAY’S ONLY FLOATING VILLAS! ENJOY PANARAMIC VIEWS OF THE WATER FROM FULLY APPOINTED ACCOMMODATIONS. SPEND THE DAY ON THE LAKE, AND DOCK YOUR BOAT AT YOUR DOORSTEP! @lmfloatingcabins

Call Now! 580-223-0088 www.lakemurrayfloatingcabins.com

@floatingcabins

EX

Photo courtesy of guests: John G. and Ted Kessner

OKLAHOMA’S LARGEST HAY MAZE!

OPEN IN OCTOBER -HOURS & DATES VARY-

LOCATED 7 MILES SOUTH OF ARDMORE ON HWY 77 VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON HOURS, DATES, PRICING, & MORE!

Lake Murray Water Sports & Miniature Golf Located 3 Miles East of I-35 (Exit 24) Next to Lake Murray Lodge

Rentals Include Island Cruisers (Like a Ponton Boat) Miniature Golf WaveRunners Kayaks Stand-Up Paddle Boards Lake Cruises Water Slide & Trampoline Combo Paddle Boats Canoes Sailboat

Open 7 Days a Week from April 15-September 15 LakeMurrayWaterSports.com Call for more information (580) 223-7185

ONE PRICE DOES EVERYTHING

580.465.7937

ONE PRICE DOES EVERYTHING! OVER 20 RANCH ACTIVITIES!

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

49


3rd Avenue LAKEVIEW MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

FREE ADMISS ION

Flea Market Large selection

MESA RD

COMMERCE

PARK

580-465-5355

MT. WASHINGTON RD

ARDMORE Architectural Pieces • Repurposed, Retro, Vintage • Lots of Funky Junk • Indoor & Outdoor Vendors REGIONAL

100 3rd Ave N.E. • Ardmore, OK

ARDMORE SOFTBALL COMPLEX PARKS & RECREATION OFFICE

Friday & Saturday 8am-4pm

NOBLE STADIUM

ARDMORE REFINERY

142 CHARLOTTE HALL MEMORIAL PARK

ARDMORE CONVENTION CENTER

142 VETERANS BLVD

142

REFINERY RD

PRAIRIE VALLEY RD

77 BROADLAWN PARK

ARDMORE 12TH AVE NW

YMCA

MOUNTAIN VIEW MALL

MONROE AVE WALKER PARK

SAM N

OBLE

199 PKWY

DOUGLASS PARK

SELVIDGE PARK

ARDMORE MALL NEW WEST PARK GREATER SOUTHWEST HISTORICAL MUSEUM

BROADWAY CHICKASAW REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

70

199

CENTRAL PARK

ARDMORE COMMUNITY WATER PARK

CARDINAL PARK

WHITTINGTON PARK HARDY MURPHY COLISEUM & FAIR GROUNDS

MYALL AVE

MYALL AVE

9TH AVE SE

LA K E

COMMERCE

77S

77 Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

FRALEY PARK

199

77

70

50

HERITAGE HALL

MU RR AY DR S

ARDMORE DOWNTOWN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT

77S

MCCLAIN RD


Guest House at Maria’s Garden

The

Life Begins Where Land Ends Boldly stated at the entrance to Lake Murray Water Sports is the slogan “Life begins where land ends”. New owners Matt and David are true believers in this motto. Their mission is to enhance customer’s family time with some fun on the water. Lake Murray Water Sports rents motorized and non-motorized equipment including island cruisers, wave runners as well as canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards and sailboats. A large play area at the lake’s edge contains a waterslide and trampolines and promises lots of wet, wild action and laughs. On shore, just above the playground, is the mini-golf course. With the beautiful backdrop of Lake Murray and a breeze to cool you, this is an opportunity for some slower-paced competition. Thirsty? Need a snack? A concession stand serves up a variety of options. Packages are available for groups of 25 or more for all the activities. Lake Murray Water Sports is happy to be the go-to place for family-oriented summer activities. They are open seasonally so check out their website (www.lakemurraywatersports.com) or Facebook for info on hours, fees, and reservations. Call them at 580-223-7185. They are located at 3322 Lodge Rd.

House at Maria’s Step through the door at the Guest e and pampered. hom at y Garden and you feel instantl are assured that you age, cott As you walk through the to graciously ned plan ngly lovi every detail has been accommodate you. t in the 1930s, retains The 3 bedroom, 3 bath house, buil comes you like a much of its original character and wel and invites you to stay, warm embrace. It is open and airy ide. outs slow down, and leave your cares choice for a visit to the The Guest House is a great lodging ted downtown, near loca ly Ardmore area. It is convenient shopping. The living room Central Park, local restaurants and fully equipped kitchen and provides a gathering place and the k snack or a full meal. dining room allow you to fix a quic ceful hideaways. The front porch or back deck are pea bath to soak away the After a long day, slip in to a bubble lly appointed bed. world, and then slide in to a beautifu eed. The cottage will rant Your sweet dreams are almost gua acy. priv of ty sleep up to 7 people with plen is a sweet choice for a The Guest House at Maria’s Garden tion on the Guest House, relaxing get away. For more informa call 580-223-2500. visit www.guesthousemarias.net,

The Greater Southwest Historical Museum 2 MUSEUMS IN 1 LOCATION • Historical Museum Cultural History & Heritage of South Central Oklahoma NEW EXHIBIT - Tools of Our Land Geneological Library - Trace Your Roots

• Military Memorial Museum All Eras, All Branches - History & Artifacts

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. FREE ADMISSION!!

(580)226-3857 • www.gshm.org

35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore • Just off I-35!

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

51


h t i w n Fu

s t n a r d y H e r i F

Are you up for a scavenger hunt? This game will be different than any other search you have attempted. The object of your pursuit? A collection of characters, serving as fire hydrants and scattered around Ardmore. Start your engines; the hunt is on!

The idea to scatter decorated hydrants throughout town came to Maria Wilkerson as she passed a scrappy looking one on her way to work daily. Taking action, she contacted the Ardmore Fire Department, the City of Ardmore and Ardmore Clean Team. She brought them together with Create Ardmore, an arts and culture coalition, and a plan was formed. Ardmore Turning fireplugs in to fun has been embraced by the community. As of early 2020, a total of 52 hydrants have been creatively transformed. Most will be found in historic downtown Ardmore, but they are beginning to pop up in residential areas. Some will make you chuckle; some will make you think. Most all warrant close attention to the fine details. There were a few guidelines for subject matter - no negativity, no politics, no religion and no advertising. Other than that, the artist could turn the fire hydrant into anything their imagination can come up with. To kick off the project, the first one depicts a fireman’s Dalmatian, complete with orange fire helmet. And that orange cap is an important factor. Unknown to most, a hydrants cap color indicates how much water pressure each tank has behind it. The caps are colored either red, orange, green or blue and the artists must work their design around the cap color. The Ardmore Fire Department cleaned the fire hydrants and painted the caps. The venture has been a helping hand to the fire department and brought splashes of color to downtown. Keep your eyes out for hydrants as cartoon characters, movie themes, heroes, mascots, pets…the list, and the imagination, is endless. Some are themed by the location of a nearby building. You will find help for your hunt on Create Ardmore’s Facebook page. Go to photos and to Fire Hydrant Art. Then cruise downtown and see what you can find.

Shiloh Morning Inn Bed & Breakfast

A Romantic Country Getaway

EAT • DRINK • ROCK 580-226-FROG(3764)

Insta

2646 W Broadway I-35 Exit 31-A • Ardmore, OK www.twofrogsgrill.com

www.shilohmorning.com 2179 Ponderosa Rd • Ardmore, OK 73401

580-223-9500

52

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com


Index of Advertisers 3 Sister’s Boutique ...............................................26

Chickasaw White House ........................................44

Mix Mercantile .....................................................26

3rd & Broadway...................................................26

Country Days RV Park ............................................4

Mountain View Motel............................................ 11

3rd Ave Flea Market.............................................50

Crazy Chick Boutique ..........................................27

Oak & Ivy Fashion Boutique .................................26

777 Zipline .......................................................... 15

Davis Inn Motel .................................................... 15

Pauls Valley Tourism ............................................47

Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant .............................29

Dougherty Store ..................................................41

Pebbles Real Estate ..............................................32

Arbuckle Historical - Davis....................................36

Echo Canyon Spa Resort .........................................8

Phillips 66............................................................ 13

Arbuckle Historical – Sulphur ...............................36

Fillin’ Station........................................................ 11

Rock Creek Retreat ..............................................41

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital ................................. 19

Forgotten Wheels Museum .....................................3

Rock Creek RV Park .............................................43

Arbuckle Mtn Fried Pies........................................ 14

Fort Washita ........................................................44

RockHouse Bakery & Gifts ...................................40

Arbuckle Sports Center .........................................30

Gettin’ Place ........................................................26

Scotty’s Blue River One Stop.................................45

Arbuckle Trail Rides ...............................................5

Greater SW Historical Museum .............................51

Shady Oaks Boat Rental ....................................... 13

Ardmore Tourism Authority ..................................51

Guest House at Maria’s.........................................54

Shady Oaks RV Park & Store ................................ 13

Artists of the Arbuckles ..........................................9

Henson Cabins .....................................................39

Sharpe’s Dept. Store of Davis ...............................27

Barbara’s Flowers & Gifts .....................................26

Hobb’s Pharmacy & Gifts .....................................26

Shiloh Morning Inn...............................................52

Bromide Mountain Co...........................................26

Jones Jewelry ......................................................27

Shops at the Artesian ...........................................27

Brown Ranch Hay Maze .......................................49

Journey’Z Camper Rental .....................................10

Sole’renity Spa ......................................................7

Buckhorn Road Cabins ......................................... 12

Kerri’s Dougherty Diner ........................................9

Spice & Tea Exchange...........................................26

Canyon Hill Cabin.................................................40

Lake Murray Floating Cabins ................................49

Stillwater Milling ..................................................27

Cedar Creek Cabins ................................................5

Lake Murray Water Sports ...................................49

Sulphur Chamber .................................................18

Cedar Ridge Cabins ..............................................25

Las Cascades ..........................................................2

Super 8 Sulphur .....................................................4

Cedar Ridge Real Estate .......................................33

Lazer Zone.............................................................2

Sweet Swirlz.........................................................24

Chickasaw Council House Museum ........................44

Little Soles Spa ......................................................7

Toy & Action Figure Museum ................................47

Chickasaw Nat’l Recreation Area ..........................31

Los Generales Mexican Restaurant ....................... 12

Turner Falls Park ..................................................56

Chickasaw National Capitol ..................................44

Mama D’s Grill ..................................................... 11

Two Frogs Grill .....................................................52

Chickasaw Phone Co.............................................55

Maria’s Garden ...................................................54

Vision Bank ..........................................................10

Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center .................6

Marilyn’s Real Estate/Insurance ...........................33

Wynnewood Chamber ..........................................46

s to FUN in and around the Arbuckle Fun Times Magazine – Your guide Sulphur, OK 73086 918, Box P.O. • r ishe Quita Dayton, (Ver y Grateful) Publ La • g ishin Publ s Time Fun by Produced e@g mail.com 580-622-2582 • arbucklemagazin s reser ved. ©2020 Fun Times Publishing. All right isher. out the written permission of the publ with e azin mag this of part any ling stea or data ing all of copy t ess abou ectn k corr thin Don’t even g cannot guarantee the to avoid errors, Fun Times Publishin rs. erro While ever y effort has been made nce of omissions or furnished them or the complete abse

Who Did What:

Duncan e from creative consultant Melissa Design by Tim Duncan with assistanc go Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. omin Tish n, inso Wilk ia w Nation, James Redeker, Mar kasa Chic ton, Day uita LaQ by phy Photogra 000 happy, well-educated readers Circulation 60,000 – Estimated 180, book. w.VisitTheArbuckles.com or on Face Tell your friends to look us up at ww

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

53


Oklahoma’s

d n u o r g y First Pla Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma’s first and largest state park. It is named after one of Oklahoma’s early governors, William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray. The park is home to Tucker Tower Museum, which tells the story of the building of the park by C.C.C. and W.P.A. workmen. The adjacent Nature Center has exhibits about the water, natural and cultural history, and green living. Be sure to visit with the on-site naturalist.

The land for Lake Murray State Park was acquired in 1933. Lake Murray Dam was completed in 1937 with Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Projects Administration labor. You can still see the original CCC stone structures scattered around the park.

ter at ature cen Visit the n Park ray State Lake Mur

In 1949, Oklahoma’s first state lodge was built at this park. In 2017, a new, luxurious lodge was opened with water’s edge vistas from many of the rooms. Lake Murray Lodge is still a relaxing and comfortable getaway for the entire family with its 32 rooms and 56 cabins. Many of the cabins are

112 Wheeler Ardmore, Oklahoma I-35 Exit 31A - East on Broadway (just off Broadway behind Love’s) Hours: Mon.–Fri. 10 to 6 / Saturday 10 to 5

(580) 223-2500 mariasgarden.net

within walking distance to the Lodge and some have been recently renovated. As the largest state park, Lake Murray boasts 12,496 lush, wooded acres. The lake itself is 5,728 surface acres with 150 miles of stateowned shoreline. The lake offers a beautiful setting for a variety of activities. Lake Murray State Park is a camper’s paradise with 9 campgrounds, 329 RV sites and 500 tent sites. Three seasonal group camps are also available. Finding fun things to do at Lake Murray is easy. Finding time to do everything might be a problem. Swimming and picnicking areas are marked and the lake’s beautiful water is popular among scuba divers, fishermen, boaters and nature lovers. The park also has a beautiful and challenging 18-hole golf course with full-line pro shop, driving range and putting green.

Lake Murray State Park is located off I-35 at exits 24 or 29. For information, call the park office at 580-223-4044 or visit the web at www.travelok.com.

. . . e s u o H t s e u n e G d r a the G ’s @Maria

Located inside a Renovated 1930’s House Home & Garden Gifts & Decor v Pottery v Vases v Luminara Candles v Permanent Botanicals v Local Artisans’ Wares

For the Garden

v Windchimes v Birdhouses v Fairy Gardens v Garden Art v Unique Container Gardens Easy Fit Casual Clothing Full Service Florist & Event Planner with delivery

Gourmet Food Items

As featured in

Southern Living®

54

v 3 Bedroom/3 Bath Cottage v Fully Furnished with Full Kitchen www.guesthousemarias.net

Maria Wilkinson

Located at the Gateway to Downtown Ardmore

CALL FOR INFORMATION 580-223-2500

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

As featured on

Discover Oklahoma


Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

55


T I VIS

R U T

S L L A f NER r a e Y

@TURNERFALLSPARKok

56

d n u -Ro

Fun Times Magazine | www.visitthearbuckles.com

@TURNERFALLSPARKok

@TURNERFALLSPARKok

Profile for Fun Times Magazine

2020 Fun Times Magazine  

2020 Fun Times Magazine  

Advertisement