The beauty of Lake Tenkiller is not lost on those of us that promote the area for a living, but we are not the only people noticing the beauty of the area. Insider Magazine ranked Lake Tenkiller number 11 on their list of Most Beautiful Lakes in the United States.
Tahlequah brings a unique experience to visitors. Not only can you float, hike, and visit some awesome museums, you can eat great food as well! Tahlequah has an abundance of food options and you can find them here on the website. If you are looking for a bit of a different experience when you visit Tahlequah, keep our food trucks in mind. Our town has erupted with food trucks of late and they all offer great food with great varieties of flavor! Check out some of these trucks next time you come into town!
After years of rumors and potential ideas, a concrete plan to develop a thirty acre whitewater park on the Illinois River near the Arkansas-Oklahoma border has come to light with the financial backing of the Walton Family Foundation.
Some of the of the least-known and most beloved hikes in the Tahlequah area are located at the J.T. Nickel Family & Wildlife Preserve fifteen to twenty minutes from Downtown Tahlequah. The Nickel Preserve has three trails totaling nearly four miles of total distance through a variety of ecosystems including forest, wetlands, and grasslands.
Wait I benefit from tourism?
Tourism is a broad spectrum and involves a lot of things. The textbook definition is “the commercial organization and operation of vacations and visits to places of interest.” Most people have probably heard of their local tourism department but might not know what they do.
If you find yourself exploring around the JT Nickel Family Nature Preserve over the weekend of October 17-18, you might come across a mob of thousands of trail runners and bicyclists hammering down the dirt roads of Cherokee County. Don't be alarmed, these athletes are competing in the Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd Trail Run and Gravel Smasher and an elite few are attempting to complete a 100-mile run!
Camping is a staple in the fall season. For some it’s taking their mobile campers to the lakeside and having a relaxing time. On the other hand some of us like to live dangerously, we enjoy a good challenge. If this sounds like you then you might be interested in these tips to a more natural camping experience!
Cherokee Nation has been awarded a national award of excellence for being the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. This award is no surprise to those of us that work in the tourism industry in Tahlequah as the efforts by the Cherokee Nation to restore and promote their historical sites are extremely impressive.
Arguably the world's most famous talking horse, Mr. Ed was a palomino with the ability to talk to his owner Wilbur Post. The Mr. Ed show ran from 1961 to 1966 and was one of the first TV shows to first premier in syndication and be later picked up by a prime-time network. Tahlequah locals have rumored that Mr. Ed was laid to rest in Cherokee County, but an article from NPR station KGOU from 2019 suggests that the horse grave outside of Tahlequah actually belongs to a Mr. Ed body double, Pumpkin, who died in 1979.
Fall is one of the best times to visit the Tahlequah, Oklahoma area and there are apps and websites available to help you know when to plan your visit.