Talimena National Scenic Byway
The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage. Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an official National Scenic Byway, the Talimena Drive was built specifically to highlight the area's beautiful foliage and spans one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Make your way to this winding road nestled in the heart of Oklahoma's Choctaw Country to view one stunning panorama after another as you travel along crests of forested peaks between Talihina, Oklahoma and Mena, Arkansas.
Join the thousands of visitors to the Talimena National Scenic Byway during the fall season and view amazing fall foliage stretching as far as the eye can see. Awash in vibrant shades of red and gold, the forested slopes that surround the Talimena Drive have made this scenic byway an autumn hot spot and the crown jewel of the region. Numerous viewpoints and scenic turnoffs along the Talimena National Scenic Byway provide visitors with spectacular views of the fall color change. Stop at one of the 22 designated vistas along the route and take full advantage of the route's interpretive signage as you take in the beauty of the area's endless fall foliage.
Although famous for its fall foliage and activities pitch-perfect for outdoor autumn adventures, the Talimena National Scenic Byway also offers a beautiful drive in spring. Witness as the surrounding forest becomes alive with green after winter's slumber and see soft blue haze whirl around distant mountains. Immerse yourself in nature's magnificent beauty as you stop along the drive at some of the area's most popular destinations including Talimena State Park, the Ouachita National Forest and the Cedar Lake Recreation Area. Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding and more, which are available year round.