Local Area Attractions
Eastern Oklahoma has so much to offer! From hiking to waterskiing, shopping to casinos, museums to trail riding, come enjoy what you love or try something new. Use the Sallisaw/Ft Smith W KOA as your base camp for a great vacation or even a single excursion before you head out on your journey! Check out all the possibilities:
Beautiful Eastern Oklahoma Location -- Green Country
Many attractions, restaurants, and shopping abound in Eastern Oklahoma. If you can stay an extra day, a trip south through the Talimena Scenic Mountains is awe- inspiring. http://byways.org/explore/byways/2485. Talimena Scenic Drive Association phone is 918.567.3434
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge provides habitat for water fowl and other migratory birds. It also provides food and cover for resident wildlife. This attractions is located three miles South of I-40 at the Vian exit. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=21640 918.773.5251
Hanging Judge Parkers Courtroom and Galleries
Visitors can be reminded of one of the most chaotic eras in the history of Fort Smith, Arkansas, with a visit to the barracks/courthouse, jail and restored gallows of the "Hanging" Judge Isaac C. Parker. Located in downtown Fort Smith, it is just a short drive of 23 miles. http://www.arkansas.com/places-to-go/parks/national-federal-parks/fort-smith-historic.aspx 479.783.3961
Local Area Activities
Our local area is known for great fishing and water sports, Native American history, antique shopping, and casinos. Use Sallisaw/Ft Smith W as your base camp and find hundreds of options for hiking, biking, equestrian trail riding, scenic drives, caving, and more!
Eagle Tour and Loon Watch
Join the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge for a tour featuring southern bald eagles on the nest. You will begin the tour by watching eagles from the refuge's webcam and continue the tour on the 25-person tour bus. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars. After spending the morning at the refuge, take a break and have a leisurely lunch in Vian. Then, make your way to Tenkiller State Park for more eagles and lots of loons, including the common loon, the red-throated loon, the pacific loon and the yellow-billed loon. Come out and enjoy this famed bird of the northeast and beyond. Tours will occur unless there is a travel advisory for the area.
- Saturdays Jan 18, 2014 - March 1, 2014
- Eagle Tour 9 -12 pm; Loon Watch 2:00 pm
Lake Tenkiller - boating, scuba, hiking, and more
Lake Tenkiller is Oklahoma's clearwater lake sporting nearly 13,000 surface acres and 130 miles of scenic shoreline. With 10 marinas, 24 boat ramps, and a scuba diving park, water and outdoor recreation opportunities abound.
The Tenkiller State Park Trail System consists of three 1 to 1.5 mile long hiking trails. Varying from completely paved and handicap accessible to advanced level that takes you through a small creek treating you to a beautiful view of the bluffs.
Bring your binoculars and hiking boots to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge and venture out to spot southern bald eagles on the nest. Located along the upper half of the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir south of Vian, the refuge is known for its winter eagle sightings along numerous hiking trails and observation areas scattered throughout the park. This picturesque area of northeast Oklahoma is a haven for a variety of wintering birds and wildlife with plentiful shoreline, river bottoms and wooded swampland.
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Diamond Daze Festival
The Diamond Daze Festival in Sallisaw in an annual outdoor event that brings residents and visitors together for entertainment and good food in June. Celebrate the warmer weather of summer with top Nashville entertainers and performances by several well-known country music groups. This year enjoy the music of CHRIS CAGLE! Tap your toes to the lively sounds of traditional and modern country both Friday and Saturday nights and stick around for a full carnival featuring rides for children and adults. Come to Sallisaw's Diamond Daze Festival for live entertainment, arts and craft vendors and a certified Kansas City barbecue contest. Taste delectable barbecue from the participating contestants or pick up a tasty treat from one of many food vendors at the festival. Diamond Daze will also feature a car show and plenty of activities for children. Bring the whole family to the Diamond Daze Festival and enjoy fun for all ages.
Annual Lions Club IPRA Rodeo
Bring the family and enjoy the annual Sallisaw Lion's Club Rodeo, an event that consistently draws over 5,000 people each year. This IPRA championship rodeo showcases some of the county's elite athletes in rodeo competition. Witness as talented cowboys and cowgirls compete for thousands of dollars in prize money in bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. As an added bonus, the Sallisaw Lion's Club Rodeo will also feature a handful of non-traditional rodeo events. Secure your spot in the stands and cheer as contestants compete in events such as wild cow milking, mutton bustin' and a calf scramble. Enjoy the annual parade, the street dance featuring lively Western music you can tap your toes to and the spectacle of rodeo royalty making their grand entrance into the arena. Rodeo clowns will be on-hand to entertain the crowds and to protect the rodeo contestants.
Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3 presented by AllState
Don't miss this one on the beautiful Arkansas River in Muskogee, OK.
Kerr Lake/Sallisaw Bassnanza
$10,000 in prize money! Presented by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 918-775-2558.