Activities to Enjoy During Your Stay
Friendly Pines Cabins, Hochatown, Oklahoma, is your quick getaway destination for outdoor fun and adventure for all ages. We are located across the highway from Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park. Broken Bow boasts the tallest mountains between the Rockies and the Smokies, and the Fall colors are as bright as New England. The towering timbers, crystal clear waters and mountainous terrain form what is affectionately referred to as Oklahoma's "Little Smokies." We are also home to Oklahoma's only year round trout stream.
Beavers Bend State Park offers an interpretive nature center, and hiking trails in a deep forest setting that allows you access to thousands of acres of the Ouachita National Forest and the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area. There you'll find great hiking trails, nature photography, bird watching, deer and turkey hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV 4-Wheeler riding. Beavers Bend Resort Park includes:
- Forest Heritage Center Museum
- Nature Center
- Riding Stables
- Train Depot
- Golf Course
Beavers Bend Resort Park is located 6 miles north of Broken Bow on Hwy 259A: www.beaversbend.com
Activities At Friendly Pines Cabins:
Re-establish friendships. We are all about relaxation, friends, family, and fun. Now is the time to catch up on your favorite book, listen to relaxing music, or enjoy the beauty of nature.
Guests in cabins #1- 6 & cabin #12 can fish in the pond located on Friendly Pines Cabins property. The pond is catch & release. It is stocked with perch, blue-gill and bass. Practice your fly casting before heading to the year-round trout stream or Broken Bow Lake.
We’re amazed at the number of young children who gather rocks, pinecones, sweetgum balls, crickets, fireflies, turtles, butterflies… and other items found on the forest floor and in the woods. We recently had a young visitor who collected enough rocks to make a “rock fish”. If you look closely at cabin #12 near the front sidewalk, you may see his rock fish display.
Small campfires, snuggling, wiener roasting and s’mores.
Take a blanket to the meadow or cross the road to Broken Bow Lake for the annual Perseid meteor showers in August. Check your calendars for full moons, more good dates to visit the country. No city lights here.
We have woodpeckers, bluebirds, turkeys, crows, blue heron, hummingbirds, bats, doves, blue jays, owls, eagles, hawks, mockingbirds, cardinals, robins and other songbirds. We often feed the birds so that they will be very near the porches.
Bald Eagle Viewing
Oklahoma is one of the Top 10 states for Bald Eagle viewing during Nov-Mar. The Beavers Bend Park Naturalist, Frank Griffith, leads viewings at 9:00 AM on Saturdays from Nov-Mar where the Bald Eagles nest on the spectacular sheer cliffs along the banks of the Mountain Fork River. He can also guide you through the nature center and can make possible a program lineup that includes campfires on the river bank, nature hikes, arts and crafts classes, water sports, sunset hikes, nature films, and astronomy outings. Bald Eagles nest on the spectacular sheer cliffs.
Hiking and Wildlife Viewing
Deer, raccoon, squirrel, fox, opossum, armadillo, small brown bear, cougar or mountain lion. We have seen deer every night and morning near the old barn next to cabin #12. We believe the deer are one of the most beautiful of our wildlife and hope you are able to enjoy them as much as we do.
Take a nature walk through many of the hiking trails. You will be sure to enjoy the wildflowers and animals. There are acres of wooded land in which to roam. Located nearby is also the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, which is a haven for bird watching and animals. The Beaver's Bend State Park is also full of hiking trails, including the David Boren Hiking Trail. Be sure to bring insect repellant and sunscreen.
Cabins have fully-equipped kitchens with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffeepot. You will find pots, pans and dishes. Each cabin also has a private picnic table, charcoal grill and campfire ring.
Activities Near Friendly Pines Cabins:
Body Harmony Day Spa
Unique “STRESS RELIEF” Bodywork While lying on the comfort of the Body Harmony Sound Table TM, Soothing music vibrates through your body at cell level, Melted Shea Butter is drizzled, Dead Sea salt is sprinkled, and slowly massaged (exfoliation). Hot, moist towels are wrapped and butter and salts mingle and melt, Rich minerals and nutrients are absorbed. Endorphins are released...
Oklahoma's only year-round trout stream. Come anytime - the fish are biting, and it sure beats working. Call Ethan Wright Guide Service (580) 494-6109 . For advanced casting, entomology class, introduction to fly fishing, children's fishing lessons, guide service or supplies and flies, go see Three Rivers Fly Shop, Jesse & Linda King (580) 494-6115 . For Orvis endorsed guide service, call Robert Woodruff at (903) 967-2665. He knows his entomology, and will put you on fish.
A 17.4 lb brown trout, new state record, was landed from Lower Mountain Fork. Trout are stocked year round about twice per month.
You can’t imagine the beauty until you see the fly fishing streams….you will think you are in Colorado….so close to your home…no need to drive to Colorado when it is in your backyard.
The “Evening Hole” has been refurbished with grants and funding from the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. This is an exciting project designed as an excellent year round trout habitat. Winter is an excellent time for fly fishing in Oklahoma. Please review the Oklahoma fishing regulations for this section of the Lower Mountain Fork River. Anglers are asked to use only artificial lures with barbless hooks and may harvest only one rainbow trout and one brown trout 20-inches or longer per day.
Bass Fishing, Boating, Water Skiing
Broken Bow Lake, built in 1969 features 754 sq. miles of watershed, 180 miles of shoreline, and 14,220 acres of lake offering plenty of coves and clean water perfect for Bass Fishing, Boating, Water Skiing, and Fun. Broken Bow Lake has some of the cleanest, clearest water of any of the Oklahoma Lakes or fresh water lakes in the United States. It is considered a deep-water lake since it is situated in the Kiamichi Mountains, and the water is very blue and so clear that swimmers can actually see their toes down to 6 feet or deeper. The lake stretches 22 miles back into the Ouachita mountains where its unusual beauty and scenic appeal beckons all nature enthusiasts. The mountain terrain is densely forested and there are many species of birds native to the area for birdwatchers to enjoy. Friendly Pines offers plenty of parking and turn-around space for your boat trailers.
Professional Lake Guide:
580-494-6447 - Home
870-582-4561 - Cell
Beavers Bend Marina
Boat rentals, party barges, wave runners, ski boats, and fishing boats. Boat slips, parking, convenience store, dockside fueling.
Talimena National Scenic Byway
Explore the 54 miles across the very top of the Ouachita Mountains in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas offering spectacular views and scenic beauty. It passes through a much larger area filled with unique opportunities and experiences. Outdoor adventure and enlightening historical and educational experiences can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Visitors can learn about Native Americans, the Civil War, Viking explorers and wild life and plant life along this unique geological location.
Swimming & Picnics
Swim beaches are located at Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend. No swimming in the private pond at Friendly Pines, please.
Scuba diving and snorkeling in Broken Bow Lake. Visit the sunken school bus at the scuba park.
Canoeing & Kayaks
Broken Bow Lake, Mountain Fork River, Little River and Glover River are within minutes. The infamous Presbyterian Falls is a local highlight. A good day is determined by the number of canoes that dump over! Call for reservations:
- WW Canoe 580-584-6856
- Wild Goose 580-584-2277
- Ambush Adventures 580-584-2273
- Beaver's Bend River Floats 580-584-6070
- Annual canoe race third weekend in June. See Owa-Chito.
Hiking & Running
More trails than you can do! From 1-mile easy to 12 mile challenging. Challenging hills. Scenic vistas. The Beaver Trail at Beavers Bend is one of the nicest 2-mile trails adjacent to the Mountain Fork River, with two bridge crossings Annual 5 km Dogwood Days race. Last Saturday in March. Idabel Chamber of Commerce. See Dogwood Days.
Plenty of challenging hills for road bikes. Talimena Scenic Drive is Dolomites quality riding. Easy bike riding in the Beaver's Bend State Park. Join the McCurtain County Cycling Association on group rides. Visitors always welcome.
NEW off-road mountain bike trails at the Lakeview Lodge with scenic views of the lake. Minutes away from Friendly Pines Cabins in Broken Bow.
ATV 4-Wheeling & Dirt Bikes
Free access trails 4 miles North. Land Access Pass required for Three Rivers Management Area. Many, many miles of well-maintained roads to ride for ATV or dirt bikes. NO ATV riding inside Friendly Pines Cabins. You can trailer your ATVs and we have plenty of parking and turn-around space.
Red Slough Wildlife Management Area
Red Slough has become a popular weekend getaway for nature lovers and bird watching. More than 270 bird species have been sighted. This is a 5814 acre wetland project and is managed by the USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Ducks Unlimited. Reservoirs make up 397 acres and are walk-in only and available for fishing (some cannot be fished between October 15th and January 31st).Check with the US Forest Service website for rules and regulations. Rabbit, snipe, quail, dove, turkey and archery deer hunting is also allowed.
Cedar Creek Golf Course - 18-holes with the #16 on the lake. You are likely to encounter deer and wildlife on the course. The state owned Cedar Creek Golf Course has many available tee times. Green fees: $13 weekday, $18 weekend. Cart rental: $10. Owa-Chito golf scramble. Kurt Adams 580-494-6456.
Ida Miniature Golf and Go Kart
Miniature golf, mini Nascar go-karts, and LaserShot electronic shooting gallery. Practice your bird and deer hunting. Food and drink concessions. Located across from Beaver's Bend Resort.
Museums and Native American History
Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum - located at US 259 and US 259-A intersection seven miles north of Broken Bow. Closed Sunday. Features 11 dioramas depicting mounted wildlife of southeast Oklahoma, other parts of Oklahoma, as well as Western states, all in natural habitat.
Forest Heritage Center
The Forest Heritage Center is located in beautiful Beavers Bend Resort Park. The museum tells the story of southeastern Oklahoma forests through a series of dramatic dioramas painted by Smokey Bear artist Harry Rossoll. Exhibits include the Wood Art Gallery, chainsaw carvings, authentic log cabin, and traditional woodworking tools. Its Forest Tree Trail winds through the surrounding woods and offers tree identification, local history information and scenic beauty to adventurous hikers. Open 365 days a year from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. There is no admission charge. Group tours are available by calling (580) 494-6497 for reservations.
This turn of the century mansion, built in 1884 at the end of the Trail of Tears. It was the home of the Choctaw Chief, Jefferson Gardner. Open 7 days/week by the Stiles family. The home is located east of Broken Bow along US 259.
Gene Autry Museum
The singing cowboy. Privately owned, world famous. Call Mr. Albert Frazier for appointment. 580-286-3747. Located 4.5 miles east of Idabel on S.H. 3.
Wheelock Academy Museum
Listed on the 11 Most Endangered Places by the National Historic Trust & Preservation, the campus adjoins the oldest church in Oklahoma (1847) Wheelock Rock Church. Built in the 1800s as a mission and school for indians. Located 3 ½ miles northeast of Millerton. Turn just east of historical marker on U.S. 70.
Museum of the Red River
Home of the 40 foot long Acrocanthosaurus atokensis dinosaur found in McCurtain County. Closed on Mondays. Idabel OK 580-286-3616. Located at 812 Lincoln Road (US 259 – 70 bypass). Free admission.
Broken Bow Indian Museum
Private collection of artifacts from across the United States. Closed Tue-Wed. 402 E 2nd St. Broken Bow. 580-584-6531
Muscle Car Legends Museum - Idabel OK
The finest cars from the fastest times. See the legendary cars of the 1960's and 1970's. Might be a Shelby in there. Located next to McCurtain Cinema on Hwy 259 between Idabel and Broken Bow. A great pit stop on your scenic auto or Harley bike tour to Talimena Scenic Byway. Contact 580-286-7206 or 580-286-6468.
Horseback Riding & Equestrian Trails
Tame horseback riding is available at Beavers Bend State Park. The ride is suitable for children and meanders through the Ouachita National Forest where you'll see wildlife and birds along the trek. 580-494-6613. When we recently visited in June, we saw 6 female deer and a fawn. Such a pretty site among the pine trees.
Restaurants & Catering
Vanilla Gorilla Catering - Perfect Catering For Any Event! No worries. We'll shop, cook and clean up for you, too! All of our food is homemade with the freshest of ingredients. Our catering menu has the unlimited option of satisfying any taste. Although we are famous for our Italian cuisine, we have expanded our menu to include all types of local favorites. So just ask, we can fill your special recipe request. The Vanilla Gorilla will customize your event to your needs!
Abendigo's is located about five minutes from the cabins. The Beavers Bend Restaurant offers a view of the Mountain Fork River. Steven's Gap and Shady Oaks offer fine food. Our cabins are equipped with fully-furnished kitchens. Pruett's Grocery Store in Broken Bow is full-service. Frontier General is closest to the cabins and has a meat and deli counter, pizza, and most groceries and supplies as well as
Get some flying hours in and land at McCurtain Regional Airport, Idabel 4o4. Fuel Available.
Girls Gone Wine
Friendly Pines Cabins is within walking distance to the Hochatown winery, tasting room and gift shop. Make your own wine, bottle it, cork it, design your private label. Sit on the outdoor patio with the chiminea and porch heater.
Friendly Pines Cabins is ten minutes from Choctaw Casino. Open 7 days per week. 100s of gaming machines, blackjack, poker, slot machines, good hamburgers, and they serve eggs for breakfast at 5:00 am... if you're awake. Live entertainment from Native Choctaw Dancers.
Tidwell's Antique Auction
Antiques for your home or cabin. Bronze decor, textiles, massive hardwood furniture, elegant, strong and one of a kind. Hailed as one of the finest antique auctions in the Southern United States. Call for next date, Jeff Tidwell, (580)584-2088.
Brinkley Tractor Auction
Third weekend of the month in Idabel OK. Tractors, implements, farm machinery. Call for next date (580)286-6539.
Broken Bow Kiamichi Country Genealogy Society
Things to do in Beavers Bend Resort Park:
Beavers Bend Resort Park Located 10 miles north of Broken Bow OK. The state park was built in the 1930s by the CCC, the park still stands today virtually unchanged. Families today find the park still appealing decades later with its unspoiled natural beauty. Your cabin at Friendly Pines Cabins is only a few minutes away from all the fun things to do.
The Beavers Bend Nature Center
Bird watching is excellent year round. Injured birds and other animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Bald Eagles migrate from the north and roost on the spectacular cliffs along the riverbank from Nov-Mar. Saturday mornings at 9:00 am join Eagle Watching at the Nature Center. Beavers Bend Naturalist, Frank Griffith leads story-telling, nature hikes and crafts. 580-494-6556.
Beavers Bend Restaurant & Country Store
Grilled trout, hamburger baskets and fried catfish are particularly good eats. You’ll not find a more scenic restaurant. Seat yourself (shoes barely required) on the upper deck surrounded by tree tops and the flowing Mountain Fork River below. They also have general store supplies and food. 580-494-6551
The Beavers Bend Depot
The Beavers Bend Depot operates an authentic 1/3 size replica of the C.P. Huntington S. P. steam engine train from 1863. Bring your camera as you will most likely encounter deer, turkey and other wildlife on the 15-20 minute ride through the Beaver’s Bend Resort Park Game Preserve. Children and adults alike will enjoy the train ride through Beavers Bend. Every Saturday in October is the "Train of Terror."
Beavers Bend Paddle Boats and swim beach
Canoe rental, bumper boats, putt-putt golf, kayak rental This water is nice and cool since it is part of the release for the trout stream. Call Terrell or Dave at 580-494-6512
Owa-Chito: Third weekend in June. Headline entertainers, free concerts, canoe race, 5 km road race, children’s games, outdoor amphitheatre entertainment, food vendors, art and photography contest, indian dancing, horseshoe contest, spelling bee, ax-throwing, talent contest, Bull of the Woods featuring the Outdoor Life Network and ESPN Stihl and Cabella's Ironjack Team, art show, golf scramble. Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest is a three day event. The festival is held in Broken Bow at the Beavers Bend Resort Park. This is a time to acquaint the people of Oklahoma and the world with the beauty, heritage, culture, industry and progress in Kiamichi Country. The festival features forestry competitions and art shows.
Fourth of July Fireworks - hosted at Frontier General Store at dark-thirty. Donations accepted. Proceeds split between buying big firecrackers and to the Volunteer Fire Dept.
Honobia Big Foot Festival - First weekend in October at Octavia, about 30 minutes north of Friendly Pines Cabins. ATV races, 5k run, crafts, food, family entertainment.
Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show - Second weekend in November at Beavers Bend. Turn of the century crafts, artisans, homemade soap, food vendors, petting zoo, ironworks, leather makers.
Fall Fest – held the last Saturday in October, downtown Idabel. Events include retail sidewalk sales, craft, chicken cook off, and much more.
Dogwood Days is a springtime festival celebrating the beautiful blooms of the thousands of Dogwood Trees in the Idabel area. This festival is held the first Friday and Saturday in April. The weekend festivities include a 5K run/walk, Easter Eggstravaganza, barbecue cook-off and vendors.