Fun Times Magazine 2021- Promoting FUN in the Arbuckles

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Your Guide to FUN in the Arbuckles!

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Rediscover

the joy of adventure!

www.visitthearbuckles.com The Arbuckles TELEPHONE COMPANY


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

Howdy Folks!!

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

Single rider: $15 Two riders: $25

2232 Cedar Blue Road • Sulphur, OK 580-369-1887 • 6 miles south of Davis, OK On Hwy 77 between I-35 exits #47 & #51

For more information: www.turnerfallszip.com

Near Buckhorn Area of Arbuckle Lake (East side)

www.countrydaysrvpark.com | 580-618-3768

NOW SERVIN MARG G ARIT AND AS MICHE LADAS

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

WINTER HOURS:

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

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Awarded Oklahoma’s Outstanding Tourist Attraction!

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Oklahoma’s Premier Exotic Animal Theme Park and Drive-Thru Safari! Come Feed The Animals!

Walk-Thru Zoo Gem Mining Reptile House Bounce House & more! Walk-thru Park & Gem Mining are seasonal & weather permitting

Call About Group Programs, Cook-Outs & Bus Rides (20+ people)

(580) 369-3383

LARGEST SAFARI GIFT SHOP IN THE SOUTH OPEN 9AM • APPROXIMATELY 1 HR DRIVE TIME LAST CAR ADMITTED: 5:30PM - SUMMER • 4:00PM - WINTER GIFT SHOP CLOSES: 6:OOPM - SUMMER • 5:00PM - WINTER

1-800-PET-PARK (738-7275) Exit 51 off I-35

90 Miles North of Dallas / 70 Miles South of Oklahoma City

www.arbucklewildernesspark.com

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Rediscover Life.

Friends – There is little doubt that we have missed traveling over the past year. While we still want some safe control, we are itching for adventure. Travel trends are not focused on exotic locales, but traveling for the sheer pleasure of sharing experiences with those we love. And for the joy of meeting, connecting and being together. Elaborate efforts are taking a back seat to simple plans, a slower pace, and getting outdoors. So… let’s go road tripping in the Arbuckles and rediscover the joy of adventure!

The Fun Times Magazine wants to be your guide, let’s call it your “joy guide”, to rediscovering the simple, beautiful, full-oflife adventure that a vacation should be. In the Arbuckles, there is much joy to be found. It is time to forsake the major highways and travel the backroads. Take in the scenery, laugh a little, be together… outside of the confines of home! The Arbuckles offer a lot in which to find joy… be out in God’s creation, walk a wooded trail, chill in a spring-fed stream or lake, visit history, view geological wonders, find a playground (for “kids” of all ages), make memories… the list goes on. As your “joy guide,” you’ll find assistance on planning and enjoying your time here. We strive to serve you with references to services, maps to cities and parks, listings of attractions, informative stories and invitations from area businesses. Grab the car keys, load up your travel companions or have the gang meet you in the Arbuckles. Keep an eye out for finding joy at every turn. The change of scenery will be good for your soul. Joyfully yours, LaQuita Dayton - Publisher

2116 W. Broadway Sulphur, Oklahoma

What's THAT thing!?

(580) 622-6500 1-800-800-8000

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

Welcome to the QR code! It's a nifty little invention that can directly link you to even more info on the great people, places and businesses in the Arbuckles. You'll find them sprinkled throughout the pages of Fun Times Magazine! Simply point your smartphone camera at the code, and if your phone has an applicable app, you'll be taken directly to the internet for more great content to help you on your latest adventure. It's an awesome way to get more out of Fun Times Magazine and rediscover the fun!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARBUCKLE TRAIL RIDES, LLC

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 .................................... 20-22 Welcome ............................................................. 4 What’s for Dinner? ..................................... 34-35 Where to Stay? ........................................... 28-29 Where to Meet? ...............................................23 Maps Ardmore .......................................................50 Chickasaw Nat’l Recreation Area/ Arbuckle Lake .....................................30 Davis/Sulphur ........................................ 16-17 Dougherty ................................................... 40 I-35/Exits ......................................................15 Lake Murray State Park ...............................48

RIDING YEAR ‘ROUND in the ARBUCKLE MOUNTAINS SAFE OUTDOOR, OPEN-AIR ACTIVITY • 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

• 21 years of SAFE trail rides

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

(580) 993-0097

• Wi-Fi/Satellite TV • Each Sleeps 4 • Full Kitchen/Linens • Storm Shelter On Site • Central Heat/Air • Some w/Fireplaces • Grills/Firepits/Picnic Tables • Private Pond • Daily - Weekly - Monthly Rental

Near Arbuckle Lake (Buckhorn Area)

& Chickasaw National Park Cozy, Secluded LOG CABINS with Themed Decor and One CHAPEL COTTAGE

Cedar Creek Cabins

(405) 620-1549 or (405) 659-3128 www.cedarcreekcabinsok.com

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Leave Your Footprint on Chickasaw National Recreation Area Taking care of our public lands is the responsibility of every American citizen. After all, if we don’t, who will see that the pristine waters, forest covered paths or historical landmarks of Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA) are protected for generations to come? Your commitment to become a “Friend of the Park” will leave your personal footprint. The Friends of CNRA is a group of people who love the park and want to support the National Park Service in their mission. The annual dues raise funds to support special projects, such as maintaiing the bison interpretative signage, cleaning trails, promoting public appreciation of the park and fundraising for the park’s special needs. The Friends of Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which means all donations are tax-deductible and every dollar is used to conduct the mission of the group. Annual memberships are $25 for individuals, $50 for families. Business and corporate sponsorships are available. 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 the CNRA Superintendent’s Office at 901 W. 1st St. (580-622-7220 or Travertine Nature Center on the east end of the park (580-622-7234). Please join the Friends of CNRA in supporting the nation’s 7th oldest National Park.

Help others Rediscover the moments that make life worth living!

Make sure to share your adventures in the Arbuckles on social media and let everyone know the fun you had by tagging your photos and posts with the hashtags #arbucklefun and #visitthearbuckles! And check out visitthearbuckles.com for even more info on rediscovering the joy of adventure in the Arbuckles!

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

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A Barn Quilt Trail… We’re Just Getting Started Do you love quilts? Quilts, with all their bright colors and geometric patterns, can’t help but make any day brighter. So why not display those cheery designs outdoors for the whole world to see? That is the idea behind barn quilts and the revival of decorating barns. Barn quilts aren’t actually quilts of course. They are paintings of quilt blocks. Originally, the barn quilts were painted directly on the surface of the barn. Today, however, they’re quilt block designs painted on wood or metal and hung on barns. A full-size barn quilt is 8’ X 8’, but many are 4’ X 4’. The appropriate size, combined with brilliant colors, make the squares visible to anyone passing by. Extremely popular back east, barn quilts are just starting to make a showing in Oklahoma. A group of quilt-loving citizens in Murray County are in the beginning stages of creating a barn quilt trail. These coordinated and mapped out trails are a collection of quilt blocks mounted on location that make a driving or walking tour possible. These painted patterns are not limited to barns but may show up on homes, she sheds, businesses or mounted on posts and displayed in yards and parks. If you live in Murray County (Sulphur, Davis, Dougherty area) and want to get in on the fun, contact us. If you are a visitor to the Arbuckles, watch for development of our barn quilt trail as an added attraction. For information contact Janie Hardoin at 580-622-6899, or LaQuita Dayton at arbucklemagazine@gmail.com.

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

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Rediscover Nature 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 (and highly recommended) 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. Fees vary for weekdays, weekends and holidays. Fees are reduced in the winter. 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. In the slower season, enjoy the beauty that fall brings and a quieter time for a stroll. Trout fishing is offered from November thru February. A new feature that is not to be missed is the Laser Light Show, with the falls as a backdrop, set for December. Dual park tickets will be available to give access to both Turner Falls and Cross Bar Ranch Off-Road Park. This gives guests an opportunity to double up on the fun! Keep in mind that off-road vehicles are not allowed on the lower level of Turner Falls Park. Turner Falls Park is open 7 days a week. Day Admission is from 6:00am-8:30pm. Campers must be checked in by 10:00pm. In some areas, parking fees are charged. To obtain more information on fees, see page 22 or check the website (above).

Turner Falls Park For updated details, visit www.turnerfallspark.com or search the Park on Facebook or call 580-369-2988. Located between I-35 exits 47 & 51 on Hwy 77 (5 miles south of Davis).

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• Numerous Locations in Arbuckle Mountain Area

Unwind in Comfort & Create Memories Availability & Reservations acornvacationhomes.com • 580-618-6180 or 580-618-6197

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Open March-October Tue-Sun 9am 1719 Cedar Blue Rd • Sulphur 580-622-5359

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Things are Cranking Up at

Cross Bar Ranch

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. – John Muir Although Mr. Muir was probably not thinking of taking that path in an off-road vehicle, if he had visited Cross Bar Ranch, he might have changed his mind. Especially under the management of Midground Creators. Wake up off-roaders – things are about to get interesting! Midground Creators is a management team with vision. Early in 2017, they took on managing, promoting and developing 6,500 acres west of Davis, known as Cross Bar Ranch Off Road Park. The park is in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, south-central Oklahoma’s ancient mountain range. It is the largest and most centrally located off-road recreation area in the region. Cross Bar offers a diverse terrain that varies from flat, wide, open spaces to loamy hills with hardwood timber, as well as muddy bottoms and steep, rocky, hill climbing sections. In addition, the pan-

Cross Bar Ranch 4550 Dolese Road. Exit 55 off I-35 - W. 1 mile - S on Dolese Rd. 2 miles to dirt road entrance 580-247-7244 • www.crossbarranch.net

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oramic views from mountain tops, crystal clear streams and brilliant star-filled night skies are like scenic icing on the rugged cake. Midground’s goal is to develop all of this into a premier outdoor recreation destination in the Central US. Every type of off-road vehicle will find their place in this challenging mountain range. Since 2017, Midground Creators has steadily made improvements to the main road, creating more trails and trail signage. They desire to provide a family-friendly atmosphere and do so by having security and a very hands-on management team. Safe, fun events are huge at Cross Bar. In June, the Red Dirt Jeep Crawl will be held. This is a fund raiser for Supporting Kids Foundation, a group working with families dealing with childhood cancer. In September, the Outlaw Off Road Race brings their national competition to Oklahoma. Whether participant or spectator, this race is pure fun! Watching gargantuan vehicles, with tires as big as your kid, climb straight up sheer rock cliffs… well, it’s pretty much unforgettable. Other events are in the planning so check the website. Midground Creators has a vision for further development. Future plans include cabins, additional full hook-up RV sites, concessions and a lake for swimming. Already in place, online ticket purchases and registration are highly recommended to get on the trail quicker. Stay up to date on the website – www.crossbarranch.net. Go to Fun Times Magazine page 21 for info on tickets, directions, hours and more.

S E L A R GENE

TIC N E H T U A N MEXICASTAURANT RE Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:30pm • Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm Sun 10:00am-9:00pm

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910 E. MAIN EAST EDGE OF DAVIS 580-369-5200


Come to...

Camping & Lodging RV Park • Full hook-up (some pull through) • Bath house • Coin laundry • Wi-Fi Tent Camping • Primitive • Bath house • Fire pits

The Park • Scenic, shady 350+ acres to roam on Washita River & Honey Creek

• Picnic & play • Hike • Fish • ATV trails

• Boat/tube/canoe activities • Day pass $10

Park Info: 580-369-2003 I-35 exit 51 - South of Davis, OK

Cabins & Motel • Fully equipped • Some kitchenettes • Wi-Fi Lodges • Sleeps up to 40 guests • Kitchens • On the water

www.deercreeklodges.com RV & Camping: 580-369-2003 Cabins & Lodges: 580-369-2022

OPEN 7 to 7 – 7 DAYS Fruits • Creams • Pecan No Sugar Added • Savory

580-369-7830

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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

Buses Welcome!

Free Wi-Fi Available

Dozen Discount

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Photo courtesy Vonda Barnett

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. 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.

BAKED GOODS MADE FROM SCRATCH

Bakery • Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls • Cookies • Cupcakes • Brownies • Turnovers • Special Order Gourmet Cakes

White pioneers gradually drifted into the Chickasaw Nation and built a community in the late 1800's. 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 1930's, 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 inhabitants: the Chickasaws. (Reprinted from National Park Service official brochure on Chickasaw National Recreation Area)

Home-cooked Daily Lunch Specials Mon-Fri 11am-2pm (Limited Seating) Bakery open 9am-3pm

Park HQ/Info Center: 901 W. 1st, Sulphur

580-622-2525 215 W. Muskogee Ave Downtown Sulphur

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

For Daily Specials

Park Information: Travertine Nature Center 580-622-7234

FRESH CUT MEAT

Sooners offers fresh cut meat daily! We have always been known as your neighborhood butcher shop. We offer a variety of fresh cut meat in our store, with no solutions or preservatives! You can always be certain of the freshness, quality and selection when you visit.

EAT fresh

FRESH PRODUCE

Sooners are passionate about our produce and take pride in the fruits and vegetables we sell. We are committed to supplying our stores with the best variety of fruits and vegetables — fresh from the farm to our stores and your refrigerator. We have a huge selection of fruits and vegetables at truly amazing prices.

ON-LINE SHOPPING

Take advantage of our on-line shopping experience. Sooner Foods offers on-line grocery shopping and in-store grocery pickup. You will love the ease of our on-line shopping experience. It is as easy as order, pick-up and go!

OUTDOOR READY

Sooners gets you outdoor ready. Whether you are grilling, camping, fishing, picnicing, boating, or just enjoying the sun, we have you covered. We offer a variety of food, coolers, propane, charcoal, paper plates, cups, skewers, and other outdoor products to keep you stocked for your adventures.

READY TO EAT MEALS

We offer a variety of heat-and-eat meals that are perfect for grab-and-go selections. With options ranging from breakfast to dinner, the prepared meals are a great choice for those looking for a quick meal to enjoy at home or on the go.

Sulpher: (580) 622-2828

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Davis: (580) 369-2334

Your Hometown Grocery Store We are your locally owned and operated stores for high quality foods, friendly customer service and comparable prices. Our Family-owned store offers convenient shopping experience where you can find everyday essentials to specialty worldwide foods to today’s technologies. Our friendly staff is here to help you find what you are looking for. We offer assistance with our technologies of digital coupons, rewards program & online shopping. We take pride in our hometown communities and appreciate your business. We understand you have many choices for your grocery needs. We want you to know we work hard day in & day out to keep up with today’s technologies and keep the hometown experience at the same time

Tishomingo: (580) 371-2234

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WWW.SOONERSFOODS.COM Download our app from Google Play & Apple

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

@soonerfoodssulphur


Rent Your Recreation Ownership comes with heavy responsibilities. Insurance. Taxes. Tags and registration. Maintenance. Storage. And that is just getting started. Ownership is great for many folks… but some would rather rent their “ride”. Are you ready to get outside more? Not quite ready to plunk down a big chunk of change on equipment? Not a problem with the opportunity to rent a camper or boat or even a horse in the Arbuckles. Following are listings of businesses and equipment that will rent you your recreation. Page numbers in the Fun Times Magazine are shown for contact information and details.

Journey’Z Camper Rental – (pg 23) Camper trailers of various sizes. Clean, equipped, set up service available. Lake Murray Marina – (pg 47) Single and double decker pontoon boats. Lake Murray Water Sports – (pg 49) Non-motorized – kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, small sail boats. Motorized – small fishing, wave runners, pontoons. Murray Harbor – (pg 55) Tritoon, pontoon, ski boats and wave runners. Shady Oaks Boat Rental – (pg 13) Pontoons, kayaks, canoes. Arbuckle Trail Rides – (pg 5) Not exactly “equipment” but rent a horse for a trail ride. Great recreation!

SHADY OAKS RV PARK & STORE Full Hook-ups • Wi Fi • Laundry • Gas • Bait Hunt Brothers Pizza • Beer • Wine • Tobacco

To find more information for your next trip to the Arbuckles head to

580-622-6101 DANIEL JAIME Text or Call 580-369-8048 580-618-2226

www.VisitTheArbuckles.com

4022 Cooper Memorial Dr. • Sulphur, OK 73086 (1 mile from Lake of the Arbuckles)

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

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One-stop Dine & Shop The Mix Mercantile 300 W. Muskogee, Sulphur Find us on Facebook!

If given a choice, I like to eat and shop in the same location. That is exactly what you can do inside The Mix Mercantile. Their statement of being “Purveyors of Fine Things” is quite appropriate. Shoppers will find a little bit of something for everyone, women’s clothing and accessories, home decor, children’s clothing, Amish foods, and Arbuckle Mountain Fudge Company made right here in the store. All that shopping is bound to work up an appetite. No problem! Within “The Mix,” you will find The Table. Dining at The Table feels like having lunch in your friend’s kitchen. The setting is cozy and intimate; the service is as if you were the only person that needs attention. The choices are slightly different each day, but everything is made fresh…with great love. The servings are generous and

unique. Pick from their beautiful salads, delicious sandwiches or the daily special. Here’s an insider secret… consider the chicken salad. Do not, I repeat, do not skip dessert! Lulu’s Bakery supplies sweet treats for your delight. Multiple choices of temptation each day. To add to those choices, consider Arbuckle Mountain Fudge, not only for the fudge, but also for caramels, truffles and more. Do you need a sweet bribe? Candy in a gift box will do it. The Table is open for lunch only, Tue. – Friday from 11am – 2pm. Dine in or carry out something special. Find both businesses on Facebook or at 300 W. Muskogee, downtown Sulphur.

The Table at Mix Mercantile 300 W. Muskogee, Sulphur Lunch served Tuesday-Friday from 11am-2pm

l i e t u a b ’s A Mexican Restaurant

Pontoons • Canoes • Kayaks Driving Instructions & Life Jackets provided

R TRY OU NNER NEW DI S! N ADDITIO

Margaritas Available Family Owned and Operated Open 7 Days A Week

580-622-6102

www.shadyoaksboatrental.com

(580) 622-2285 2514 W. Broadway St. Sulphur, OK

• Spacious lakeside home for gathering

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

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• Game room Located between Sulphur & Davis • See Reservations 580-630-2510

for details


EXIT #72

Stratford Pauls Valley

EXIT #70

Important Exit Numbers Along Interstate 35

Ada

Wynnewood

EXIT #66

#72 Pauls Valley, Ada #70 Pauls Valley

EXIT #64 EXIT #55

#66 Wynnewood

Sulphur

Davis

#64 Wynnewood #55 Davis, Sulphur, Tishomingo, Information Center

EXIT #51

Dougherty

EXIT #47 EXIT #33 EXIT #31 EXIT #29 EXIT #24

EXIT #40

#51 Davis, Sulphur,

Gene Autry

Ardmore

Tishomingo

#47 Turner Falls Overlook #40 Gene Autry #33 Ardmore #31 Ardmore, Tishomingo #29 Lake Murray #24 Lake Murray

• OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, 24 HRS A DAY. • OVER 200 MILES OF TRAILS • FROM FLAT PRAIRIE LAND TO ROCKY TERRAIN. • ACCOMMODATES ANY 4 WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE • UNLIMITED PRIMITIVE RV AND TENT CAMPING, • 28 RV SITES WITH WATER AND 30/50 AMP HOOK-UPS • DUMP STATION WITH WATER ACCESS TO FILL TANKS

www.crossbarranch.net • 580-247-7244 Take exit 55 on I-35, west on Highway 7 for 1 mile to Dolese Road then south 2 miles to the gate

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CHICKA O T WAY E T GA

SAW NATIONAL RECR E

Attractions

Shopping

Events

Lodging

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For more information, contact us at:

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

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Load the family into the car and set out on a safari adventure at Arbuckle Wilderness. This scenic drive-thru animal park will give you a close-up of a variety of exotic species. In addition, everyone will enjoy the walk-thru park and petting zoo. This excursion is a great opportunity to be amazed, create memories and laugh at the antics of the animals.

Journey into the Wilderness

Your journey through the park, Arbuckle Wilderness with the Arbuckle Mountains as 6132 Kay Starr Trail, Davis your backdrop, just off Interstate 35 at exit 51, south of Davis will showcase the www.arbucklewildernesspark.com expected and the 1-800-PETPARK (738-7275) very unexpected. The usual “characters” are here to give you a peek into their day. Keep on the lookout for camels, zebras, bison and ostriches. A little heads-up here: the ostrich and his camel friend are fairly certain you picked up a bucket or two of feed at the gate…and they are coming for it! Have your camera ready because pandemonium is about to ensue. Screams and laughter are guaranteed. Arbuckle Wilderness has quite an offering of the more unusual animals. Watch for the stunning white tiger, the beautifully marked and elegant giraffe, the watusi cow with its huge, awkward horns, and the rare Przewalski’s Horse. Add in the prehistoric-looking rhino, the mischievous hyena, and the Alpaca with their quirky, but oh-so-cute, grin. This list of possibilities is just getting started. After your drive, stop at the walk-thru park and petting zoo. Let the kids work off some energy at the moon bounce. Take a gander at the exhibits in the reptile house or go for a pony ride. Everyone should try their hand at the gem-mining exhibit. The walk-thru park opens on Memorial Day weekend and remains open through the summer, weather permitting. Safari bus tours are available for school and family groups, corporate outings, birthday parties and more. A minimum of 20 guests are required. Take the exotic journey together and up the fun level! Arbuckle Wilderness is located just off Interstate 35 at exit 51, south of Davis, OK. The park is less than two hours from the DFW Metroplex and about an hour south of Oklahoma City. General admission price is $16.99 for adults and $14.99 for children ages 3 to 11. Children under 3 are free. This includes the safari drive-thru and the walk-thru area. A military discount with ID and a Senior (over 55) discount are offered. Viewing the animals up close is spectacular but please remember – animals are unpredictable! Stay inside your car, feed from cups and don’t put your hands in harm’s way. Check out the website for safety guidelines: www.arbucklewildernesspark.com. For additional information, phone 1-800-PETPARK (738-7275).

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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, 8a-4p, 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. 580-369-1887 www.turnerfallszip.com Arbuckle Geoscience – Geological tours of the Arbuckle Mountains. Great trip for any age or level of interest. Ever wondered about the odd rocks in the Arbuckles? Half or full day trips outlining the history, structure and formations that make up the mountains. Some collecting of minerals, rocks and fossils. Comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes mandatory. Trip leader is a veteran of more than 40 years of exploring the Arbuckles. Reservations required. $25/person for half-day trips; $40/person for whole day trips. Discount for youth under 12. March-October. 580-310-4326 or 580-436-1626 • r.neman42@gmail.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 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. 580-622-7234 • www.nps.gov/chic

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 welltrained 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 Arbuckle Wilderness – Exotic animal drive-thru & walk-thru park. See animals of all kinds, many quite unexpected. Great outing for all ages; especially fun experience with kids. Walk-thru park has moonbounce, pony rides, gem mining, petting zoo and reptile house. Safari Gift Shop on site. Groups of 20+ may tour in Safari Bus (reservations required) Discount for groups, seniors, military with ID. Adults - $16.99, Children (4-11) - $12.99, Kids under 3 free. Open at 9:00a, gates close at 5:30p summer/4:00p winter. Approx 1 hour drive. I-35 exit 51, south of Davis, OK. From Hwy 77, turn on Kay Starr Trail and drive 1 mile. 1-800-738-7275 • www.arbucklewildernesspark.com

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Catch the big one on the lake at Chickasaw National Recreation Area! Photo courtesy Vonda Barnett


Find serene pastures and scenic vistas in the Arbuckles. Photo courtesy John Rohloff

Cross Bar Ranch – largest off-road park in central US, 6500 acres, 200+ miles of trails. Offers something for every skill level and any type of off-road vehicle- from dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, Jeeps, to UTVs & trucks. Diverse terrain of rocky mountainsides, hardwood timbered paths, prairie mountain tops, creeks, spectacular views for 30 miles. New trail to Turner Falls giving access to both parks; dual park tickets available. 28 RV hookups w/ water & electric (30/50 amp) $35/night (reservation required). Unlimited Primitive - RV with generator $15, tent camping $10, anywhere in park. Dump station with water access to fill tanks. Night riding, camping along trails and pets allowed. Cabin rental coming soon. Entrance Fee- Adults 16+ - $20, Kids 10-15 yrs - $10, under 10 - free. Park open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for riding. Avoid lines and pay online, or pay at cash drop box near office. Office open only on Fri-Sun, 9a-5p. Phone answered 7 days a week, 9a-5p. 4550 Dolese Road. Exit 55 off I-35, west 1 mile, south on Dolese Road 2 miles to dirt road entrance. 580-247-7244 • www.crossbarranch.net Davis Historical Society 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, familyfriendly, group/school tours - upon request. Open MarchNov, Wed-Sat 10a-5p, (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 Fun Valley Park & Campground – 350 + acres to roam and ride, bordered by Washita River with stretch of Honey Creek running thru. Hike, fish, picnic, ATV area, shady pecan grove for relaxing family time. Kayak, canoe, tube in creek or lake (bring your equipment). River access for fishing. RV & tent camping on site. Great natural playground for day outing w/ plenty of room to enjoy. Grab a picnic and dine along the freshwater stream. Admission: $10. per person day use, camping additional. I-35 exit 51, then 1/2 mile east on Kay Starr Trail to entrance. 580-369-2022 • check Facebook for info. 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

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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 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 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 Shady Oaks Boat Rental – Don’t have a boat? No Problem. Pontoons, canoes, and kayaks 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

The Clubhouse – New family entertainment center. Enjoy treehouses, arcade area, soft play area, miniature golf, go karts and seasonal ice rink. Take on a challenge with Water Wars, Flight Line Zip or Eagles Landing Adventure Courses. Clubhouse Cafe’ is a great destination for any of your food cravings. Lots to choose from, indoor or outdoor dining, or carry-out. Open: Peak season - (mid-May-December) - TuesdayThursday- 10a-9p, Friday & Saturday - 10a-11p, Sunday- 12p-9p, Winter hours (January-mid-May) - Wednesday-Saturday 11a-8p, Sunday 12p-8p. 2705 North Rockford Road Ardmore, OK 73401 (Exit 33 - off of I-35, east ¼ mile, inside Regional Park) Café - 580-221-2567 • Park 580-221-2566 • Facebook 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/ 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. 580-369-1887 Turner Falls Park – Scenic natural park, 77-foot water fall, hiking, swimming, picnicking, trout fishing (Nov-Feb), camping, caves, geological formations, spring-fed creek, snack bars. Pavilion by reservation. Children 12 & under MUST wear Coast Guard certified floatation device. Summer weekend rates: Adults $20.00, Children ages 6-12 $9.00, ages 5 & under - free, Active duty/Vets & Seniors $13.00, (weekdays & winter rates reduced), advance purchased tickets online recommended. Camping additional fee. Hwy 77 just 4 miles south of Davis, I-35 exits #47 or 51. 580-369-2988 • www.turnerfallspark.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). 580622-5593 • email: ahsmc@brightok.net

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Where to Gather

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.

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Rock Creek Retreat Event Venue – (Dougherty) 469-556-4903

Greater Southwest Historical Museum – (Ardmore) 580-226-3857

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Guest House at Maria’s Garden – (Ardmore) 580-223-2500

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Discover Where to Stay Whether you prefer rustic cabins, second-to-none hotel accomodations, a little slice of country, or scenic vistas from wide open windows, it’s all waiting for you in and around the Arbuckles. You can find the perfect retreat for your getaway right here. DAVIS Acorn Vacation Homes – Cottages, lodges, cabins, lake homes…something to fit any lodging situation. Accommodating everyone from couples looking for a quiet get-away to the family wanting to celebrate being together again. Lots of choices spread across the Arbuckle Mountain Area with a wide range of prices. Check website or call for availability and rates. 580-618-6180 or 618-6197 • www.acornvacationhomes.com 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

Sumptuous comfort at Shiloh Morning Inn.

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

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Fun Valley Cabins & Lodges – (formerly Deer Creek Lodges & Cabins) 7 large group lodges, located on water, each sleeps up to 40, commercial kitchens, fireplaces, canoes, hiking, fishing. $700.00 per night, 2 night minimum. Cabins – 25 units, some kitchenettes, some single or double rooms, linens furnished, wireless internet, satellite TV, guest laundry. Competitive pricing. Near Fried Pie Shop. 1 mile to Turner Falls Park and close to Arbuckle Wilderness. South of Davis at Exit 51 off I-35. 580-369-2022 • www.deercreeklodges.com Mountain View Motel – 32 units, convenient to Arbuckle Wilderness, Turner Falls Park and I-35. Truck parking, highspeed wireless internet, pets allowed (fee), micro/fridge/ coffeemaker in room, cable/HBO. Sr. discount. South of Davis, 2741 Hwy 77 South. 580-369-2321 • www.davisokmotel.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. 580-369-2988 • www.turnerfallspark.com


DOUGHERTY 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 Acorn Vacation Homes – Cottages, lodges, cabins, lake homes…something to fit any lodging situation. Accommodating everyone from couples looking for a quiet get-away to the family wanting to celebrate being together again. Lots of choices spread across the Arbuckle Mountain Area with a wide range of prices. Check website or call for availability and rates. 580-618-6180 or 618-6197 www.acornvacationhomes.com 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, charcoal 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. 580-622-6899 • www.BuckhornRoadCabins.com

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. 405-620-1549 and 405-659-3128 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 Copper Ridge Lake House – Spacious home set on private lake. Great for gathering your family or group. Fully equipped kitchen, linens furnished, sleeps 10-12, large yard for being outside. Game room with pool table for some family fun. Located between Sulphur & Davis and convenient to area attractions. 580-630-2510 • See Facebook for details 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. 580-618-6180 • www.acornvacationhomes.com 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, non-smoking rooms, pets allowed, laundry. 2116 W. Broadway, Sulphur. 580-622-6500 • www.super8.com

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Boutique & Bakery

Very often, treasures are carefully tucked away. But a good hunter usually reaps a great reward. That is the case with the 3 Sister’s Bakery and your reward will be sweet! In historic downtown Sulphur, there is a little gem you will want to seek. The sign above the door reads 3 Sister’s Boutique and, on a stroll through the store, you will find reasonably priced women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, children’s clothing, and a section of Christian gifts. But the minute you step in the door, the aroma tells you there is so much more. Mmmm…what is that smell? Fresh cinnamon rolls? A pina-colada cupcake? Warm chocolate brownies? Fresh-from-theoven cookies? Just follow your nose but please don’t trample anyone getting there. In the back of the store, Carol Allmon is turning out sinfully delicious baked-goods. Go ahead, indulge. If the sensible side of your brain is speaking to you, have lunch first. The daily specials are akin to grandma’s cooking – dinners with ham, meatloaf or chicken and sides – or a big baked potato and salad. Taco salad or nachos are local favorites. Seating is limited and carry-out is popular. The National Park is 2 blocks away and makes for lovely outdoor dining. 3 Sister’s Boutique and Bakery 215 W. Muskogee, Sulphur Lunch is served Mon-Fri, 11a-1p Bakery is open from 9a-3p Check Facebook for what treats await you!

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Hometown Heart Are you used to shopping where the checker has the personality of a robot? Or maybe the checker actually IS a robot? Try something different; try shopping where people strive to create a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Pick up your groceries at any of 3 Sooners Foods location. Sooners Foods, in Sulphur, Davis and Tishomingo, is a thirdgeneration grocery business that has maintained the heart-of-thehometown friendliness while progressing in technology, selection and service. In these days of disconnected retail experiences, the concept of a small-town store providing high level service at very competitive prices makes shopping far more pleasant. Setting up camp? Sooners has a full line of groceries, fresh meats for cooking out, paper goods and propane. Picnicking? Graband-go hot and cold meals make it quick and easy. Headed to the lake? Stock up on snacks, drinks and ice to keep it all cool. Keeping your vacation dining healthy? Fresh produce has made a name for these stores as well as prepared salads to carry out. Dragging a trailer? Car full of kids? Pressed to get to your cabin? Simply go to the website or app, place your order and it will be delivered to your vehicle. Just order, pick up and go…saving your vacation time for making memories! Sooners Foods looks forward to serving you. Order through the website (www.soonersfoods.com) or stop by a hometown store. See pages 34-35 for location and details or find them on Facebook.

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Rediscover Dining Out 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

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Lake Murray Marina – Don’t go hungry while you are on lake time. Dock your boat at the Marina for Hunt Brothers Pizza, Landshire Sandwiches, Frito Lay products, beer, ice, drinks, and snacks. You can even feed your boat…at the gas dock. By car – 1136 Boat Dock Road off of Scenic 77, west side of Lake Murray. By boat – Check the Lake Murray map page 48. 580-223-9339 www.lakemurraymarinaok.com • Facebook

Deb’s Burgerland – Not just a burger place; start the day with full breakfast, move on to expanded menu. Dinners with choice of veggies, chicken strips basket, tacos, salads, lots more including old-fashioned burgers. Catfish dinner daily. Let them pack you a picnic lunch. Call ahead and pick up at window. Dine-in or carry-out. Where the locals eat. Friendly folks. Open 7 days a week. Sun-Wed 6a-2p, Thur-Sat 6a-9p (reduced winter hours) 700 E Main 580-369-3379 • Find us on Facebook

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

The Clubhouse – This entertainment center has great eats! Enjoy chicken wings & tenders, wraps, salads, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, kid’s meals and appetizers. Occasionally offering a plate lunch. In the winter, warm up w/ hot soup/sandwich combo. Dine inside or out, or carry out. Peak Season Hours (Mid-May-December) Tuesday-Thursday 10a-9p, Friday & Saturday 10a-11p, Sunday- 12p-9p (Winter hours reduced) 2705 North Rockford Road Ardmore, OK 73401 (Exit 33 - off of I-35, ¼ mile east, turn left/north to Regional Park) 580-221-2567 • Check Facebook for specials

Get a classic Mexican dish or something exotic at Los Generales!

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

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 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 Mexican Pineapple! Mon-Thur 11a-9:30p, Fri-Sat 11a-10p, Sun 10a-9p (reduced winter hours). East edge of Davis, 910 E. Main. 580-369-5200 • Facebook 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). Sooners Foods – Full-service grocery with grab-and-go food for picnics, camping or time at the lake. Check out the hot stop for ribs, rotisserie chicken and daily special. Cold sandwiches, salads, wraps, desserts & cakes are chilled and ready to grab. Round out the meal w/ cold drinks, chips & ice. Don’t forget the paper goods. Camping or cooking out? Stop at the fresh meat market. Shop in store or order online for pickup. Open Sun-Thu 7a-8p, Fri-Sat 7a-9p. 705 E. Main St. 580-369-2334 • www.soonerfoods.com • Facebook

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3 Sisters Bakery – Baked goods from scratch. Plate lunch specials. This place may be small but the offerings are delicious. Tucked away in back of 3 Sisters Boutique, and turning out freshly made treats. Try the Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls or variety of cookies, cupcakes, brownies and more. Daily lunch specials like grandma would cook. Seating is limited, Nat’l Park is 2 blocks away for outdoor dining. Also taking orders for gourmet cakes. Lunch Mon-Fri 11a-2p, Bakery Mon-Fri 9a-3p. 215 W. Musk, Historic Downtown. 580-622-2525 • Check Facebook for daily specials Abuelita’s – Dish up some real Mexican food! Varied 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. 580-622-2285 Arbuckle Bait Box – The only stop on the Buckhorn side of the lake. Pickup deli sandwiches, chips, cold drinks, beer, snacks and ice to keep it cool. On Saturdays, hot lunch plate, something different every week, from noon until sold out. Stop at the Snow Cone stand to cool down. Load up on supplies before you hit the water. Open March-Oct. Tue-Sun at 9am. 1719 Cedar Blue Road. 580-622-5359 • Facebook Arbuckle Mountain Fudge Co. – If you don’t tell your mama, you might count this as lunch. Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth fudge in a variety of delightful flavors. Also, caramels, chocolate truffles and specialty candies. Try a cool, refreshing Dole Whip. Treat someone with gift-wrapped candy. Mon-Sat, inside Mix Mercantile, 300 W. Muskogee St. 580-232-2260 Mama D’s – Whether breakfast or lunch, Darlene turns out country-style meals…no flashy big-city dishes here. Prepare for biscuits/gravy, bacon/eggs, omelets & pancakes. For lunch, REAL hamburgers w/ toppings that go way beyond cheese. Try Philly Cheese Steak, chicken strips, BLT & fresh, hand-cut French fries. Daily specials might be meatloaf, fresh handbreaded chicken-fried steak, fish on Fridays or the cook’s choice. Located inside The Fillin’ Station. Kitchen open M-Sat 5:30a-2p. Store open 6a-10p. 1628 W. Broadway 580-622-6606 • Check Facebook for daily specials San Pedro Bar & Grill – Hungry for Mexican? This is the place. Delicious Mexican food with some original creations. Turn up the heat or keep it mild, just ask your friendly wait-staff who are eager to make your experience a good one. Their claim? “Our tacos will speak to your soul.” Wonderful variety of choices. Separate full-service bar with small Margarita for $1.99 on MonWed. Kid’s menu, free sopapilla w/ meal. Mon-Thur 11a-9:30, Fri-Sat 11a-10p (9:30 in winter), Sun 11a-9p. 2118 W. Broadway (next to Super 8) 580-622-4858 • Check Facebook for daily specials

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). Sooners Foods – A grocery store and a whole lot more. Deli serves up both cold and hot foods, sandwiches, salads, lunch specials, bakery goods and more. Looking for a quick picnic lunch? Try the totally addictive Champ’s Fried Chicken, whole pieces or tenders. Also ribs, rotisserie chicken, catfish. Don’t forget the paper goods. Considering cooking out or camping? Sooners’ fresh meat market is your go-to. This hometown grocer has everything you need. Open Sun-Thu 7a-8p, Fri-Sat 7a-9p. 815 W. Broadway. 580-622-3656 (Deli) • 580-622-2828 (Store) www.soonersfoods.com • Facebook The Table – dining here is like eating at the table of a friend. Fresh food made to order. Salads, sandwiches, creative dishes, meals served in large portions with great love. Homemade desserts & baked goods. Dine-in or carry-out. Open for lunch only, Tue-Fri 11a-2p. Inside the Mix Mercantile, 300 W. Muskogee. 580-232-2260 • Find daily specials on Facebook

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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. Sooners Foods – Full-service grocery with grab-and-go food for picnics, camping or time at Blue River or Wildlife Refuge. Check out the hot stop for ribs, rotisserie chicken and daily special. Cold sandwiches, salads, wraps, desserts & cakes are chilled and ready to grab. Round out the meal w/ cold drinks, chips & ice. Don’t forget the paper goods. Camping or cooking out? Stop at the fresh meat market. Shop in store or order online for pickup. Open Sun-Thu 7a-8p, Fri-Sat 7a-9p. 101 S. Byrd St, east end of town. 580-371-2234 • www.soonersfoods.com • Facebook

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Fun Valley

Park & Campground

What’s Up With Those Rows of Rocks?

A New Place to Play Looking for some wide-open space to run and play, picnic, camp... or just relax under a big shade tree? Want to avoid the crowd? Maybe it’s time to consider a new place to play. Fun Valley Park and Campground is that place. Fun Valley Park & Campground is 350 acres of playground with beautiful Honey Creek flowing through and the Washita River bordering its northern edge. This allows for great water sports, whether tubing, kayaking or canoeing. Be sure to bring your own equipment. Fishing is allowed in designated areas only. The park’s lake has a beach area for swimming and relaxing. There is no lifeguard on duty and life jackets are required for children 12 and under. This is a great place to cool down on those sweltering days. Camping is a big draw to this location. The RV park (formerly Deer Creek) is located between the cabins and park entrance. Full hook-ups, a shower house and laundry are available. A pecan orchard within the park offers shady spots for primitive tent camping. Water access, picnic tables and some firepits are provided. There are trails for ATV riding, hiking and biking. Admission to the park is $10 per person, per day. Camping fees are additional. There is so much natural beauty and activity opportunities at Fun Valley that it is quickly becoming a destination for visitors wanting to enjoy the outdoors.

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There you are, cruising on I-35, and you enter the Arbuckle Mountain range. If anyone in the car looks up from their electronics long enough, they realize that this super-slab is slicing right through solid rock, providing a clue as to how the Earth was formed. Just south of the slices are thin rock formations jutting up from the ground in almost perfect rows... in row after row. What is that all about? And how did all those slanted layers come to be? These geological folds are a wonder and well worth a look. Better yet, take a tour and gain some understanding of what is laid out before you. Arbuckle Geosciences LLC offers tours that will educate and amaze the participants. Dr. Bob Neman, your trip leader, has more than 40 years of experience in Arbuckle Mountain exploration. His tours include a variety of locations in South-central Oklahoma and are tailored to the participants‘ objectives. At one point, the Arbuckles were as high as the Rocky Mountains and they are millions of years old. Over time, foldings, faultings and weather have made drastic changes in the structure. Arbuckle Geosciences' tours explain these alterations and walk you through those years of our evolving Earth. Gather up your gang, lock the electronics in the trunk and have a day outside. We highly recommend booking a tour to explore the Arbuckles. Reservations are required for the half and full-day tours. Rates are $25/person for half-day trips and $40/person for full day, discounts for children under 12. Comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes are mandatory. Tours are available March-October. Contact Dr. Neman at: 580-310-4326 or 580-436-1626 or r.neman42@gmail.com.

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Journey’Z Camper Rental – No camper? No problem! Rent an RV trailer for your vacation without the expense of tax, title and insurance. Campers are fully equipped with linens and kitchenware. Set up service is available at the park of your choice. Clean units ready for your journey. Enjoy vacationing in nature with the comforts of home. 580-618-2777 or 618-2983 • www.journeyzcamperrental.com Chickasaw National Recreation Area – Numerous sites within Platt District and Arbuckle Lake area. Primitive tent and RV camping in Platt District. Improved sites with hook-ups at Buckhorn and Point areas. 30/50-amp, shower houses, grills. Lake area offers water sports, swimming, fishing. Cost: $22-$30 for RV with hook-ups, Platt District, south edge of Sulphur; Lake area southwest of Sulphur. 580-622-7234 • www.nps.gov/chic

Shady Oak.s RV Park – Located one mile from Point Boat Dock of Arbuckle Lake. Full hook-ups, 20-30-50 amp electric, some pull-thru, picnic tables, most have grills or fire rings, WI-FI, coin laundry, shower house, storm shelter, shade trees. Seasonal convenience store on premises. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. 4 miles south of Hwy 7 on Cooper Memorial Dr. (Point Rd), west edge of Sulphur. 580-622-6101 • Find us on Facebook

Country Day’s RV Park – Quiet camping in the country created with the “over 40” crowd in mind. 15 sites, 30/50 amp, full hook-ups, most pull-thru, all bills paid, WI-FI, secured entry gate & ADT Security, laundry/shower house, picnic tables, pets welcome. Open all year. Near Buckhorn area (east side) of Arbuckle Lake, peaceful, wildlife watching. 6 miles south of Sulphur on Hwy 177, then 2 miles west on Cedar Blue Road. 2232 Cedar Blue Rd. 580-618-3768 • www.countrydaysrvpark.com

Turner Falls Park – 37 RV sites with 30/40/50-amp electric hook-ups, 500 tent sites, all inside park. Shower houses, dump station, picnic, swim, hike, geological formations, 77-foot waterfall. Police patrolled. Cost: RV sites - $25, primitive tent $20 ($15 winter) plus day admission. Highway 77 between I-35 exits 47 and 51, or 5 miles south of Davis. 580-369-2988 • www.turnerfallspark.com

Dougherty RV Park – Small, peaceful RV site in heart of Arbuckle Mtns., 15 sites, full hook-up, 30/50 amp, picnic tables, grills. Laundromat, convenience store 1 block. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. 112 Healey Road in downtown Dougherty, America. 580-465-3768 or 580-465-2118 Fun Valley Park – 350 + acres to roam. Access to Washita River, Honey Creek runs thru park, shady pecan grove, hike, fish. 75 RV sites total in 2 parks, full hook-up, 30/50 amp, shower house, coin laundry, mostly pull-thru, grills, picnic tables, pet-friendly, wi-fi, all utilities paid, daily/weekly/monthly rates. Primitive tent camping, bath house, firepits. I-35 exit 51, then 1/8 mile east on Kay Starr Trail to entrance. 6639 Kay Starr Trail. 580-369-2003 • Find us on Facebook Rock Creek RV Park – Nicely shaded sites, adjacent to National Wildlife Refuge. Live fishing creek & unique geological formations. 30 sites, full hook-ups, WI-FI, laundromat, pets welcome. Owner/manager on-site. Peaceful setting, bird watching, hiking trails. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. 1 mile west of Tishomingo – 5300 W. Hwy 22. 580-371-6782 • www.rockcreekrvpark.com or Facebook Scotty’s Blue River One Stop – Park your “home” 1 mile from the beautiful Blue River for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching and spectacular scenery. RV park offers 20 full hook-up sites w/ 30/50 amp. Convenience store and grill serving great burgers on site. Propane available. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. Quiet country setting. 9 miles northeast of Tishomingo, 4501 S. Bullard Chapel Rd. 580-371-9288 • Find us on Facebook

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Happenings & Holidays

Add a fun experience to your vacation by attending scheduled happenings in the Arbuckles. These listings are annual events, listed by the month but in no particular order. Verify dates and time with the Chamber or entity listed. Most event sponsors have Facebook pages for up-to-date details. Additional activities and celebrations may be scheduled not available at time of print. Likewise, concerns for health and safety may change dates, so check for information.

Contact Information Sulphur Chamber of Commerce www.sulphurchamber.com • email: sulphur@brightok.net 717 W. Broadway - Sulphur, OK 73086 • (580) 622-2824 Davis Chamber of Commerce www.davisok.org • email: davischamber@davisok.org 300 E. Main - Davis, OK 73030 • (580) 369-2402 Ardmore Chamber of Commerce www.ardmore.org 410 W. Main St. - Ardmore, OK 73401 • (580) 223-7765 Chickasaw National Recreation Area www.nps.gov/chic Travertine Nature Center - East end of Platt District Sulphur, OK 73086 • (580) 622-7234

Johnston Co./Tishomingo Chamber of Commerce www.johnstoncountyokchamber.com email: johnstoncountychamber@gmail.com 504 W. Main, Ste 102 • Tishomingo, OK 73460 • 580-371-2175 Cross Bar Ranch Off-road Park www.crossbarranch.net crossbaroffroad@outlook.com 4550 Dolese Road - Davis,OK 73030 • (580) 247-7244 Ardmore Parks & Recreation www.ardmorecity.org Facebook-City of Ardmore - Parks & Recreation 2704 N. Rockford Rd. - Ardmore, OK 73401 • (580) 223-4844

Calendar of Events JANUARY JULY Bald Eagle Watch – Sulphur/National Park Davis America Fest – Davis Fireworks at Lake Murray – Ardmore FEBRUARY Johnston Co. Red, Presidents’ Day White & Boom – Tishomingo Blue River Trout Derby – Tishomingo Recreation Celebration – Ardmore Stevy's Run – Tishomingo MARCH Summer Concert Series – Ardmore It's Spring - Make something happen! APRIL Firefly 5K & 1M Run – Tishomingo Wildflower Walk – Sulphur/National Park MAY Kids Fishing Derby – Ardmore Citywide Garage Sale – Davis Pennington Creek Canoe & Kayak Regatta – Tishomingo JUNE Art in the Park – Ardmore Red Dirt Jeep Crawl – Cross Bar Ranch S'mores 'n Snores Campout – Ardmore Summer Concert Series – Ardmore Twisted Wolf Poker Run – Davis

AUGUST Hereford Heaven Open Rodeo – Sulphur Murder Mystery Dinner – Ardmore Summer Concert Series – Ardmore SEPTEMBER 3rd Annual Arbuckle Poker Run & Car Show - Dougherty Antique Tractor & Implement Show – Sulphur Bison View 5K – Sulphur City Of Springs Car Show – Sulphur Joint Chamber Golf Tournament – Sulphur/Davis Outlaw Off-road Race – Cross Bar Ranch

OCTOBER Brown Ranch Hay Maze - Ardmore The Clubhouse Boo-tacular – Ardmore Historic Candle Light Tour – Sulphur/CNRA Kill Camp Haunted Trail – Tishomingo Run, Ride, Row – Tishomingo NOVEMBER Chigger Chase – Ardmore Festival of Lights – Ardmore Hills of Oklahoma Bike Tour - Davis Veteran’s Day Blue River Trout Derby - Tishomingo Veterans Day Parade – Sulphur Opening Night Light Show & Parade – Sulphur DECEMBER Christmas in the Arbuckles – Davis Christmas w/ Santa & Christmas Classics Parade – Tishomingo Christmas Light Show – Sulphur Christmas Living Windows – Tishomingo Festival of Lights Drive Thru Park – Ardmore Holiday in the Depot District – Ardmore Jolly Trolley – Ardmore

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Jr. Ranger Program - Year round – CNRA Movie in the Park - April-November – Ardmore Community Water Park - May-August – Ardmore Farmers Market - May-September – Tishomingo


Downtown Wynnewood by Shea Meyer

Rediscover art... Public art projects have become popular in both urban and rural communities. Along your journey through the Arbuckles, don't miss some of the best outdoor art in Oklahoma.

Downtown Davis by Tracy Beesley

3rd & Broadway - Downtown Sulphur by Brent Greenwood

Tishomingo Pennington Creek Dam by Bob Palmer

Sulphur Historical Museum Presenting the Unique History of Sulphur, OK

Listed on National Register of Historic Places

• Platt Nat’l Park & Sulphur History • Boy Scout & Military items • Telephones & Business Machines • Vintage Cameras

Arbuckle Historical Society Museum

In Historic Santa Fe Depot, Davis OK Listed on National Register of Historic Places

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 Supported by the City of Davis

580-369-2518

12 E. Main • Downtown Davis Tuesday-Friday 1pm-4pm • Saturday 10am-4pm

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Dougherty, 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 pioneer-ranchers, 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 rockcrushing 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.

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Unique lodgings, 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.

To find more information for your next trip to the Dougherty & the Arbuckles head to:

• 3 Bedroom/2 Bath - Sleeps up to 10 • 30 acres of Privacy

www.VisitTheArbuckles.com

• Fully Furnished & Equipped • WiFi/TV w/Streaming Capability • Detached Game Room • Large Deck/Firepit/Charcoal Grill • Near peaceful Dougherty, OK • Newly Renovated

For Information & Reservations www.canyonhillcabin.com

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GEOLOGICAL TOURS OF THE

ARBUCKLE MOUNTAINS

ARBUCKLE GEOSCIENCES LLC Dr. Bob Neman, Professor Emeritus By Appointment Only 580-310-4326 580-436-1626 r.neman42@gmail.com

Explore the folding and faulting of the formations. See and collect rocks, minerals, and fossils.


America Yesterday & Today In 2021 the railroad depot that established the town is taking on new life. In the ‘80s the Santa Fe Depot was bought by the Hale family. In 1991 it was sold to the Haines family and moved out of Dougherty to Hwy 7, outside of Sulphur. In early 2021 it was once again cut in half and carefully moved back home. It is now across the tracks from its previous location and back in the hands of the Hale family. Future plans are not yet solidified, but local folks are happy to see a piece of history return. 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 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. 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 earful 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!

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Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge For information call 580-371-2402 Vistor Center located 11766 S. Refuge Road, south of Tishomingo

New Visitor Center Opens Summer 2021 A new visitor center will open its doors in mid to late 2021. 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 visitors‘ 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 using 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

Rock Creek

RV Park Adjacent to Wildlife Refuge Boundary • 30 sites w/full hookups i • 30/50 amp • Laundromat • Owner/Manager onsite • Pets welcome ive shing cree geological formations • Beautiful shaded sites • Daily, weekly, monthly rates

www.rockcreekrvpark.com

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

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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 into 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-to-date information on schedules and programs. The visitor’s center is located at 11766 S. Refuge Road, south of Tishomingo. Call 580-371-2402 for

This page was funded by TISHOMINGO REFUGE EDUCATION AND ECOLOGY SOCIETY (TREES), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of natural resources on the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, as well as ecology education and responsible wildlife-oriented activities for all ages. TREES also supports the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery (another great place to visit!). Contact them at the Visitor’s Center


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Spend Some Time at Blue River 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.

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 well-attended tournaments. Registration information can be found at Scotty’s Blue River One Stop’s Facebook page or by calling 580-371-9288.

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 Scotty’s Blue River One Stop.

In addition to great fishing and hunting that Blue River provides, this is a beautiful location to just get out in nature. 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 hiking, exploring and relaxing. 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.

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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

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Blue River 3251 S. Hutchins Lane, Tishomingo 580-443-5728 License required for hunting/fishing Conservation Pass required for day use


Lake Murray Marina Enhances the Boating Life Customers of the Lake Murray Marina will tell newcomers that this marina and this lake are the perfect place to be. Lake Murray has a consistent water level, is conducive to almost any water sport and has beautiful, clear water surrounded by a diverse terrain. The adage “life at the lake is good for the soul” is evident here.

Don’t own a boat but love the boating life? Not a problem. Lake Murray Marina offers rentals of single and double decker pontoon boats (a.k.a. party boats!) This makes a fun day on the lake easy and affordable… without the expense of long-term care and storage. Rentals are available for half or full days.

Lake Murray Marina is an integral part of the much-loved lake life. For boaters, the marina has everything to get you on the water: gas, water toys and boat accessories, batteries and fishing license. For everyone on board, drop in and pick up ice, drinks, beer and food before you hit the lake.

When it’s time to go to dry land, Lake Murray Marina has dry and wet slips to rent. Dry slips are a good choice if you prefer to keep it out of your driveway and have it closer to the water. Wet slips allow you to store your boat right on the water for easy access to the marina’s amenities.

Ready to dive into boat ownership? Inquire at the marina or check out their website for info on the boats for sale. Lake Murray Marina has a great website with lots of information and tips on boating as well as being on Lake Murray. Check it out at www.lakemurraymarinaok.com or call 580-223-9339. They are located at exit 24 off I-35, go east to Scenic 77, south ½ mile to Boat Dock Road and watch for signs. (1136 Boat Dock Road) Find them on Facebook. One more word for the wise, remember… what happens at the lake is laughed about all year long!

Lake Murray Marina 1136 Boat Dock Road Exit 24 off I-35, go east to Scenic 77, south ½ mile to Boat Dock Road and watch for signs. www.lakemurraymarinaok.com • 580-443-5728

Too Much Fun??? If there was a Richter Scale for fun, your family could blow it up at Brown Ranch Hay Maze! This is a place for the entire group to get involved, laugh, make memories... and finish it off with s’mores.

Ever felt like chunking a rubber chicken at your kids? Have you wished for a place your tyke...or teen...had a safe place to run off all that energy? Maybe they need a little time in the country. Brown Ranch, an actual working cattle ranch, is the place and the Hay Maze is your activity. This family-focused seasonal park is designed for your kids to be... well, kids. Different ages will find a variety of games and challenges to keep them busy. Toddlers will enjoy Kiddie Cow Train, Kids Corral, Corny Gold Mine and more. The slightly older set can test their skills at Giddyup Gliders (mini zip line), Merry-go-bounce, an obstacle course, barrel racing (not like you expect) and a 3-story hay castle. And all of that is just for starters. The Hay Maze will challenge everyone, young and old. Make it a team building effort or a competition. Not to be missed is the hay ride. And when it is all said and done...weenie roasting and making s’mores. A visit to Brown Ranch Hay Maze will be a very full day of fun. Mission accomplished energy expended - memories made. The Brown Ranch Hay Maze (south of Ardmore) is only open seasonally, usually in October, so be sure to check the website (www. brownranchhaymaze.com) or Facebook for days/hours, admission fees and directions. Speaking of admission, this is a pay-once at the gate and have all the fun you want park; no additional charges after you get in. Load up the family or group and anticipate some great time together.

Brown Ranch Hay Maze 7 miles South of Ardmore on Hwy 77 www.brownranchhaymaze.com

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Rediscover Comfort… at Shiloh

Morning Inn

Shiloh Morning Inn is a secluded oasis, created with just the two of you in mind. Tucked away on 73 acres of prairie grasses and wild flowers, the accommodations are designed for couples desiring to reconnect and step away from reality. The Inn offers walking trails, park benches and hammocks and will make you seriously consider never leaving the property.

You may choose from one of five large suites or from the four secluded cottages. All are beautifully appointed and attention has been paid to every detail. Regardless of your choice of suite or cottage, all feature plush king size beds and either whirlpool tubs for 2 or private hot tubs. Each has a mini fridge and TV/DVD, but the view through your window will be better than anything in HD. A three-course breakfast is served each morning in the dining room of the Main House, and in the evening, two meal options are available to be served at your suite or cottage for a romantic dinner. The large front porch of the Main House is a magnificent place to catch the sunrise with a cup of coffee or enjoy an end-of-the-day glass of wine. The bottomless cookie jar is always ready to be raided. A respite at this romantic bed and breakfast is just what couples in today’s hurried world need. Step away, renew yourselves and enjoy some time at Shiloh Morning Inn. Visit their website at www.shilohmorning.com for more information or call them at 580-223-9500. They are located a few miles from I-35, just outside of Ardmore, OK.

Shiloh Morning Inn 2179 Ponderosa Rd, Ardmore, OK 580-223-9500

Ever Been to a FISH Fight??? 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!

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What? You have never witnessed a Fish Fight? Somewhat like a fist fight, only slimier. It is quite entertaining, especially for the younger set, and a regular comedy if you are fortunate enough to catch the fish in action AND the kids watching! And you can catch this show for a buck-fifty… that’s right… $1.50. What should you expect for this outlay of cash? Expect to witness huge catfish (almost) throwing punches to get at the fish nuggets you are tossing their way. If you don’t have kids, stand by and wait a minute until some come along. Offer to buy them a cup of food or two. Then stand back and watch the merriment. The water will boil with monster-size cats, climbing on top of each other to get to the nuggets. But mostly you will see a lot of fish lips. Yep, fish lips! You would think these whiskered lake lurkers haven’t seen food in a week. But upon close examination, you are assured that this must play out several times a day. And you are correct. Where is this action taking place? At the walkway to Lake Murray Marina. (see pages 45 & 47) It may sound like you are just feeding fish, but don’t miss the joy in this simple (cheap) activity.


Great Adventures at The

Clubhouse

Load the family up, or the neighborhood kids, or the Sunday school class, and kick up some FUN at The Clubhouse in Ardmore. Explore treehouses, visit the arcade, try your hand at mini golf then grab a bite to eat. When you are revived, tackle the Flight Line Zip or the Eagles Landing Adventure Courses or get blasted… at the Water Wars! Can you believe all of this fun is in one place? Oh, and about the eating: the Clubhouse Café offers something for everyone. Chicken wings and tenders, wraps, salads, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, kid’s meals and appetizers. Even if you are not coming for a run on the games and excitement, this is a great spot for a meal or snack. Dine inside or out, or call ahead and carry it out. Occasionally there are plate lunches and in the winter… hot soup! Yum. The Clubhouse is open 6 days a week on the following schedule: Peak season - (mid-May-December) - Tuesday-Thursday- 10a-9p, Friday & Saturday - 10a-11p, Sunday- 12p-9p. Winter hours are reduced so check Facebook for details and specials. Or call Café - 580-221-2567 Park 580-221-2566. Find the fun at 2705 North Rockford Road Ardmore, OK 73401 (Exit 33 - off of I-35, east ¼ mile, inside Regional Park).

The Clubhouse 2705 North Rockford Rd., Ardmore Café - 580-221-2567 Park 580-221-2566

L A K E M U R R AY M A R I N A MARINA SERVICES

FULLY STOCKED SHIP STORE

• Gas Dock

• Beer • Ice • Drinks

• Regular & Double Deck Pontoon Rentals

• Food - Hunt Brothers Pizza Landshire Sandwiches - Frito Lay Products

• Slip Rentals - Annual • Dry Storage w/Valet • Houseboat Slips • Patio Deck • Boats For Sale OPEN YEAR ROUND Memorial Day-Labor Day 7 Days A Week - 8am-8pm Sept-May - Seasonal Hours

• Water Toys & Boat Accessories • Souviner Shirts • Mugs • Decals • Interstate Batteries • Fishing License

LAKEMURRAYMARINAOK.COM 580-223-9339 • Midway between OKC & DFW I-35 Exit 24 - East to Scenic 77 South 1/2 mile to Boat Dock Road (1136 Boat Dock Road) Watch for sign - South of Ardmore

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Lake Murray State Park Ardmore, Oklahoma

ANADARCHE NATURE TRAIL

PECAN GROVE 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 BUCKHORN NATURE TRAIL TIPP’S POINT

CISCO RD.

SUNSET BEACH DAY USE AREA

PICNIC SHELTER

MARTIN’S LANDING

AIR STRIP PARK OFFICE

GOLF COURSE CHAPEL STABLES FISHING RESORT LODGE PIER TENNIS COURT / POOL

ROCK TOWER

GROUP CAMP #3

MARINA / BEACH AREA

BUZZARD’S ROOST

TUCKER TOWER NATURE CENTER

SKI JUMP

DAM TO MARIETTA

MARIETTA LANDING NO SKI AREA

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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

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OKLAHOMA’S LARGEST HAY MAZE!

OPEN IN OCTOBER

Lake Murray Water Sports & Miniature Golf

-HOURS & DATES VARY-

Located 3 Miles East of I-35 (Exit 24) Next to Lake Murray Lodge

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

Rentals Include 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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

580.465.5281

ONE PRICE DOES EVERYTHING! OVER 20 RANCH ACTIVITIES!

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3rd Avenue

FREE ADMISS ION

Flea Market Large selection

580-465-5355

MT. WASHINGTON RD

Architectural Pieces • Repurposed, Retro, Vintage • Lots of Funky Junk • Indoor & Outdoor Vendors 100 3rd Ave N.E. • Ardmore, OK

Sat 8am-5pm • Sun Noon-5pm

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142 CHARLOTTE HALL MEMORIAL PARK

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Lake Murray: Site of the New

Murray Harbor Marina & Resort Oklahoma’s newest marina resort will officially open as Summer 2021 peeks over the horizon. Murray Harbor Marina and Resort, located on the east side of Lake Murray State Park, is a large-scale, full-service marina offering both wet slips and dry storage. This is only the second marina in the 83-year history of the state park. Murray Harbor is a partnership between Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation and Starboard Marina Partners. It is the fruition of a vision of Jerry Winchester, Oklahoma Tourism Executive Director and native of nearby Dickson, OK. Starboard Marina Partners has a proven history of award-winning marina developments at Skiatook and Keystone Lakes in Oklahoma, as well as Missouri’s Table Rock Lake.

Murray Harbor Marina and Resort 1379 Murray Harbor Lane, Ardmore www.murrayharbor.com 888-996-1211

In this first phase of development, the marina has 240 slips, a world-class ship store, boat rental, Blackbeard Marine sales and service and RV/Boat storage. The Cape Cod style facility is a destination unto itself, allowing visitors to slow down and shift into lake time. Marina members will enjoy an array of high-quality amenities such as a gated entrance, 24/7 security, paved parking, walking trails, members boat ramp and private bathrooms/showers. For information on membership, call 888-996-1211 or email chris@murrayharbor.com. Lakeside dining will be available later in 2021, at The Boathouse. Stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy a meal indoors or open air with a lake view. The diverse menu will include an array of burgers, gourmet pizzas and, to the delight of many, Oklahoma Joes BBQ. Future plans for Murray Harbor include an additional 210 slips and guest cabins – both on land and on the water. Come and experience this first-class marina on the southeast side of Lake Murray at 1379 Murray Harbor Lane, Ardmore, OK. For more information, find them on Facebook or at www.murrayharbor.com.

EAT • DRINK • ROCK 580-226-FROG(3764)

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Downtown Ardmore by Skip Hill

Ardmore History by Dr. Bob Palmer

Downtown Ardmore by Dr. Bob Palmer & Students at Murals by Palmer

Shiloh Morning Inn Bed & Breakfast A Romantic Country Getaway

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

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Rediscover beauty... All the photos here are courtesy Paige Miller of DP Photography. Pick up her book "Art More:The Public Art of Ardmore, OK" at Maria's Garden or Ardmore Chamber of Commerce


Index of Advertisers 3 Sisters Bakery ...............................12 3 Sisters Boutique ...........................27 3rd & Broadway ...............................26 3rd Ave Flea Market ........................50 777 Zipline ..........................................2 Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant ......14 Acorn Vacation Properties .............. 9 Arbuckle Bait Box............................. 9 Arbuckle Geoscience .................... 40 Arbuckle Historical Society – Sulphur ...................................39 Arbuckle Historical Society –Davis ........................................39 Arbuckle Memorial Hospital ..........33 Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies .......11 Arbuckle Mountain Fudge Co. ......26 Arbuckle Sports Center .................30 Arbuckle Trail Rides ..........................5 Arbuckle Wilderness ........................3 Ardmore Tourism ............................51 Barbara’s Flowers & Gifts ...............27 Brown Ranch Hay Maze ..................49 Buckhorn Road Cabins ...................26 Canyon Hill Cabin ...........................40 Cedar Creek Cabins ........................ 5 Cedar Ridge Cabin .........................13 Cedar Ridge Real Estate ............... 25 Chickasaw Nat’l Recreation Area ..31

Chickasaw Telephone .....................32 Copper Ridge Lake House.............14 Country Days RV Park .......................2 Crazy Chick Boutique .....................27 Cross Bar Ranch Off-road Park ......15 Davis Inn Motel .............................. 36 Deb’s Burgerland ............................36 Dougherty Store & RV Park............41 Echo Canyon Spa Resort ..................8 Fillin’ Station ....................................27 Forgotten Wheels Museum .............6 Friends of CNRA ............................. 6 Fun Valley Camping & Lodging.... 11 Fun Valley Park................................ 11 Greater SW Historical Museum .....46 Henson Cabins ............................... 27 Hobb’s Pharmacy & Gifts ...............26 Johnston Co. Chamber ..................43 Journey’Z Camper Rental ..............23 Lake Murray Floating Cabins .........49 Lake Murray Marina ........................47 Lake Murray Water Sports .............49 Las Cascadas Mexican Restaurant ..2 Little Soles Spa ..................................7 Los Generales Mexican Restaurant .................10 Mama D’s Grill .................................27 Maria’s Garden ................................54

Marilyn’s Real Estate .......................25 Mountain View Motel .....................23 Murray Harbor Marina ....................55 Pebble’s Real Estate .......................24 Phillips 66/Pitmon Oil .....................37 Rock Creek Retreat .........................41 Rock Creek RV Park .........................42 San Pedro Mexican Restaurant .....19 Scotty’s Blue River One Stop .........44 Shady Oaks Boat Rental .................14 Shady Oaks Store & RV Park ..........13 Sharpe’s Department Store ...........27 Shiloh Morning Inn..........................52 Sole’renity ..........................................7 Sooners Foods ................................12 Spice & Tea Exchange ....................26 Stillwater Milling ..............................27 Sulphur Chamber of Commerce ...18 Super 8 – Sulphur ..............................4 T.R.E.E.S./TNWR..............................42 The Clubhouse ................................55 The Gettin’ Place.............................27 The Guest House at Maria’s...........54 The Mix Mercantile .........................26 The Table .........................................26 Turner Falls Park ..............................56 Two Frogs Grill................................ 51 Vision Bank...................................... 23

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Whatever Floats Your Boat/Cabin Imagine yourself lulled to sleep at night by the gentle movement of the water. Picture yourself, coffee in hand, watching the sunrise with the sound of the lake slap-slapslapping at your porch. Envision a spectacular view out your front door in your cabin on the water! Now, experience it at Lake Murray Floating Cabins.

Tranquility Point is not just a location, it is a feeling. One that you will remember and want to return to time and again. Tucked away in this cove, and on a peninsula just north of Lake Murray Lodge, are beautifully built cabins providing a one-ofa-kind experience. Where else are you going to stay that you can moor your boat or jet ski at the door? From a one-bedroom pod to a spacious lodge, there are accommodations to fit every need. Whether you want a quiet get-away for two or you are gathering the family (up to 18), this is the place. All units have fully-equipped kitchens, linens furnished, propane grills, and central heat and air. This is definitely NOT roughing-it. Bring your food, floaty and fishing pole for a few days on the water.

Lake Murray Floating Cabins 115 Bed & Berth Drive, Ardmore Just 3 miles from I-35, at exit 24. 580-223-0088 www.lakemurrayfloatingcabins.com

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Lake Murray Floating Cabins are rented on multiple-day basis and vary in prices. A scroll through their Facebook page will give you a glimpse into the magnificent sunrises, sunsets and scenery that awaits you. This unique lodging is located at 115 Bed & Berth Drive, just 3 miles from I-35, at exit 24. For details and reservations, go to www.lakemurrayfloatingcabins.com or call 580-223-0088.

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