Wide open spaces provide vast riding opportunities
Oklahoma is home to the National Cowboy hall of fame, boasts the wild turkey as the state bird and mistletoe as the state flower, so you know you will find plenty of free-range off-road riding here. The incredibly large expanse of off-road adventure awaits anyone wanting to travel to the central US. Oklahoma is also home to the western portion of the Ouachita National Forest. These 1.8 million acres of national forest land is open to all those who will respect and preserve it. The trails in the forest are designated for specific traffic and some may share with hikers, so being alert as well as respectful is key.
Something that off-road enthusiasts may need to take note of is that riding locations here can be very far from any other civilization or amenities. Proper precautions should be taken when riding these areas. Things like extra lunch and water as well as tire plugs or a tow strap should be considered here. Some areas do not have any cell service at all and remember the weather can change in an instant as well. Campgrounds are available for guests and there are some RV sites with basic to full amenities.
The terrain here varies from hard pack trails and mud to the occasional rocky hill climb or descent. Many creek crossing areas are protected and staying on trail is a must.
The Choctaw Ranger District is a year-round segment of the Ouachita National forest and it is located in the far east central Oklahoma on the Arkansas border. There are 363,000 acres to find your next adventure and with a variety of camping locations you can make a fun filled weekend or even a family vacation of riding. Everything from the fishing opportunities in Broken Bow lake to the wildlife that roams the Red slough you will have more than enough eye-catching wilderness to explore. The OHV trails are suited for all ages and exploring mountain ranges like Chancellor Mountain or slipping down into the Red Bank hollow make for awesome experiences to share with friends and family.
Just a few hours south of the Choctaw Ranger district you will find another adventure filled location known as Broken Bow. This culmination of trail systems makes up another part of the Ouachita National Forest. With the Broken Bow Reservoir right in the center, there are many different riding and family vacation activities to be found. With the Cedar Mountains to the west and the mountain range to the east you know this terrain will be very different around every turn. You can come into the Broken Bow district through the towns of Bethel to the northwest, Smithville due north or the town to which the district is named for, Broken Bow, due south of the National forest. There are plenty of towns surrounding the district and finding amenities should not be an issue on either end.