Finally, Fall is making a visit to the Arbuckle Mountain Area. The sun still shines, but the thermometer assures us that summer has passed. After a wet spring, the trees held their lush green color and now God’s giant paint brush transitions them to red, gold and orange. Even the native grasses, growing among the craggy rows of rock the Arbuckles are famous for, take on a different hue.
The wildlife, once seeking shade from the heat, venture out in plain sight. A drive through Lake Murray State Park or Chickasaw National Recreation Area, or the countryside in between, will give you an excellent chance to see deer, wild turkey or the proverbial hawk “making lazy circles in the sky”. Plan a get-away to include a night or 2 at an Arbuckle Mountain Area cabin or lodge and witness the wild night life. Nope, not the kind attracted to neon and blaring music, but the species that like to roam under the starry sky. Keep a watch for…and a little distance from…night explorers such as the armadillo, racoon, opossum and the odoriferous skunk.
With cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, everyone’s pace seems to slow. It’s a great time for a bit of shopping, a stroll along a park trail or enjoying a quiet evening on the porch of a cabin. Activities still abound at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Lake Murray’s Tucker Tower Nature Center, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Travertine Nature Center. Motorcyclist and bike riders alike find autumn to be a delightful time to take to the back roads. Horseback riding at Arbuckle Trail Rides or flying through the sky at Air Donkey Zipline will give you a completely different view of the Arbuckles.
Load up the gang and visit the cities of Ardmore, Davis, Sulphur, Pauls Valley and Wynnewood for some small town charm and home town hospitality.