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
Welcome to Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith offers travelers of all ages glimpses into its distinctive past through restorations, attractions, museums, and festivals that make its history fun and exciting. Now an energetic city of 80,000 people, Fort Smith is known for accommodating visitors with a blend of "southern hospitality" and "western openness" -- anxious to share its past while yet busily planning for the future. http://www.fortsmith.org/ Downtown Fort Smith is an easy 23 miles from Sallisaw.
Van Buren Historic Downtown
Located 30 miles from the campground, this historic downtown overflows with numerous antique shops, quaint eating places and great stores. http://www.seevanburen.com/ 479.474.2761
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Site
Oklahoma's only archaeological park, is a 150-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds which contain evidence of an Indian culture that occupied the site from 850 A.D. to 1450 A.D.The Mounds are considered one of the four most important prehistoric Indian sites east of the Rocky Mountains. They were dubbed the "King Tut of the Arkansas Valley" by the Kansas City Star in 1935. The Spiro chiefs controlled trade between the vast reaches of the plains and verdant southeast woodlands. Other area villages recognized certain Spiro residents as political and/or religious leaders. They directed everyday farmers in the building of mortuary houses where the bodies of the high-ranking dead lay.Many exotic religious rituals at Spiro centered upon the death and burial of elite members of the Spiro society. Other ceremonies included the celebration of planting, harvesting, and the changing of seasons.The Park and Interpretative Center allow the visitors to acquaint themselves with the lifestyle of these prehistoric Indians through artifacts, displays, interpretive displays, period home, reconstructed mounds, and unexcavated mounds.
Free admission (donations accepted). www.okhistory.org/outreach/museums/spiromounds.html 918.962.2062
Admission is free. Closed Monday and State Holidays. Exhibits here illustrate the history of the Cherokee from 1600 to 1907 and the development of Sequoyahs syllabary. Visitors are taught the use of this Cherokee alphabet and given a computer printout of their names and common greetings in Cherokee. Visit http://www.okhistory.org/sites/sequoyahcabin online for more information. 918.775.2413
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Train Rides
Ride in style on a meticulously restored antique passenger cars, a first-class parlor car or the 1940's Caboose, Lil' Toot. Relax as you wind through the river valleys, traverse high trestles, and cut into a quarter-mile tunnel. Their friendly and fun-loving conductors will enhance the journey with anecdotes about the areas rich history, while tending to your safety and other needs.If you are young or young at heart and ready to experience the scenic foot hills of the Boston Mountains, don't miss this opportunity to travel in the style of a bygone era. Sorry, they cannot accommodate pack mules or pet chickens on their train rides.