Scenic Drives

Take the long way

Autumn finds Rivers Edge brilliantly laced with color. The peak for fall colors tends to be from October 15 through November 15, with the best colors usually the first full week of November. Color may be visible in early October and sometimes hang around to Thanksgiving. Spring woods boast of dogwoods and redbuds while winter offers unhindered views through the forest.

The Talimena Scenic Drive, a mountain top drive extending from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas, lies only a half-hour drive across the majestic Kiamichi Mountains to the north, and is a must-see. More scenery abounds at Broken Bow Lake, in and around Beavers Bend State Park, forty minutes away. Highway 259--from Poteau to the north, and Broken Bow to the south--has been designated as a scenic byway.