Discover adventure and relaxation in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Our family loves going to Broken Bow because it is a fun and relaxing place that’s easy to escape to from Dallas. It’s a great weekend getaway where you can get back to nature and bond with family and friends.
Our family has been making the trek to Broken Bow to ring in the new year with our close family friends for the past three years. The cabins we rent, the memories we make, and all the fun activities are the best. Our favorite time to go is at the end of the year because the winter is the perfect time to enjoy a cozy cabin, sitting by the fire, outdoor adventures, playing games and so much more.
But, Broken Bow can be visited and enjoyed year-round. I’ve put together the ultimate weekend guide to adventure in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to help you plan your next family getaway.
Weekend Guide to Adventure in Broken Bow Oklahoma
The Broken Bow area is filled with beautiful scenery, charming small towns, hiking trails, and local hot spots that are the perfect place for families to enjoy and explore on a weekend getaway.
I had the privilege of teaming up with Chevrolet and driving the 2021 Chevy Colorado 4WD ZR2 Bison during our recent trip and it was the ultimate way to explore new roads and adventure in Broken Bow.
Broken Bow is located in a lush corner of Oklahoma that defies the typical Oklahoma stereotype of a flat, dry and boring state. Located just 3 hours from Dallas this area is a popular weekend getaway for anyone in North Texas because of its proximity and stunning scenery.
Where to Stay in Broken Bow
This scenic little town has exploded with luxury cabins in the last several years. Broken Bow is filled to the brim with beautiful cabins, each with its own unique vibe. A quick Google search will yield dozens of results for cabins in the area, but some of our favorite cabins have been located in the Hochatown area. It’s close to shops, restaurants, breweries, and great hiking trails.
I think our kids would vote the Lost Creek Lodge as their favorite cabin because of the separate Bunkhouse/Game Room located across the breezeway from the main cabin. They felt like they were on their own special vacation and loved having their own space (the parents didn’t mind it either!)
What to Do in Broken Bow
Take a Hike
Broken Bow State Park is located at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains with over 21 miles of hiking trails. Whether you are looking for a challenging day-long hike or a relaxing family-friendly hike there is something for everyone.
We gathered up the troops and ventured out on the Lookout Mountain Trail. Lookout Mountain starts on the Southside of 259a and has some moderate climbs amongst the pine trees that open up to some nice vistas, but there are no true ‘lookout’ views. This trail has some rocky terrain and narrow trails at times, but there were lots of picturesque views along the way.
In the past, we’ve also hiked Cedar Bluff Nature Trail and Deer Crossing Trail. No matter which trail you take you can expect beautiful pine trees, beautiful views of the lake, and maybe some wildlife. Download a map of the trails here or use Alltrails.com to help you plan your trip.
Explore New Roads
One of the greatest parts about leaving the city life behind for the weekend is the opportunity to explore new roads and travel off the beaten path. From the muddy trails of state land to the rugged terrain of private parks there’s a lot to discover in Oklahoma.
Off-roading has long been a part of the leisure culture of Oklahoma. From the muddy trails of state land to the rugged terrain of private parks, there’s an incredible variation to discover in Oklahoma. The Chevy Colorado 4WD ZR2 Bison was the perfect vehicle to help us explore new roads. Thanks to the StabiliTrak feature and Duratrac tires we found some muddy trails and breathtaking views. Rugged and strong with a quiet, refined interior, the Chevy Colorado was the best of both worlds in luxury and off-road adventure.
Visit a Local Restaurant or Brewery
If you start to get cabin fever head to town for a new adventure at one of the local hot spots. There are lots of restaurants to enjoy, and even a few Breweries to check out. One of our favorite little spots is Shuck Me because we love the atmosphere. It’s got a nature-meets-sports-bar feel is the perfect spot to grab a bite, play some cornhole, and catch the game.
Pop next door to visit the Hochatown Distillery for handcrafted spirits or drive down the road to the Beavers Bend Brewery for a taste of local Ale’s. Visiting local hot spots is a great way to meet people and connect with the locals who can give you tips on where you should head for your next adventure!
Get Cozy by the Fire
After a long day full of adventure the best way to unwind is with friends around the campfire. This is one of my favorite parts of our weekend getaway, sitting bundled up and getting cozy by the fire. The kids roast s’mores and there are always lots of laughs and great memories made around the campfire.
Thanks to the Chevy Colorado, we were able to navigate the muddy train and escape the ordinary while taking in all the beauty Broken Bow has to offer. The Chevy Colorado flexes and fits your lifestyle and needs, whether you are tackling off-road trails, headed down south to the Frio River, or logging hours at the worksite, the Colorado makes sure you can find new roads and enjoy every adventure!