48 Hours in McCurtain County | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Only have a couple days in McCurtain County? Better get down to business! For a good sampling of the adventures hiding around the Beavers Bend, check out the itinerary below. It’s specifically designed to give you a glimpse of the very best of McCurtain County’s eats, treats, and adventures—all squeezed into a 48-hour getaway.

3 P.M. CHECK INTO YOUR CABIN

There are plenty of perfect cabins for any getaway around the Beavers Bend. If you’re splurging for the weekend, expect to find a luxurious, towering two-story ready to welcome you and friends to your new weekend abode. Survey the digs and stake out the room of your choice. PRO TIP: Since there’s nothing like waking up to sunlight peeking through the tall pines of McCurtain County, choose an east-facing room for a natural dose of morning joy.

4 P.M. HIKING AND BIKING

The mountains of McCurtain County boast plenty of craggy hideaways to explore. We suggest hiking up the Skyline Trail, a 12-mile path through the woods that leads to a river and waterfall for a killer view of the Lower Mountain Fork River (plus some choice bald eagle sightings). Feel like heading out on two wheels? Mountain Bikers love David Boren Trail in Beavers Bend state park. The 16-mile single track is a great place to grind some gravel.

6 P.M. DINNER OPTIONS

From soul food to fine dining, McCurtain County’s got plenty of local eateries to satiate your hunger. Local favorites include Steven’s Gap Restaurant, The Moon Tower Bar & Grill, and Jake's Brickhouse Grill. For a gourmet Saturday night dinner, head to Abendigo’s and be sure to reserve a patio table.

10 A.M. MORNING PICK ME UP

No day in McCurtain County can begin without coffee. Adam and Eve’s—a Hochatown café serving specialty coffee drinks—should do the trick. And with so much adventure on the agenda, it’s okay to indulge on breakfast. Get yours at the Gemini Coffee Shop, where the food is hot and the locals are chatty. We recommend the biscuits and gravy, and a heaping stack of hash browns.

11 A.M. HORSE TRAILS AND ATVS

Whether you prefer to run, race, or trot, there’s plenty of ways to cover ground in McCurtain County. Take in the scenic views on horseback with a trail ride from a local outfitter, shimmy through the low branches on an ATV, or get your heart racing with a rugged trail run.

1 P.M. LATE LUNCH

Famished? Head to the town of Idabel and eat as the locals do—which means rib-sticking food at the Red B restaurant. Everything is great, but we recommend the chicken fried steak, pork chops, or the catfish. Sticking around awhile? The Mountain Man Meat Market and the Huckleberry Café are worth a visit, too.

3 P.M. FOLLOWED BY SOME SHOPPING

Stick around charming Idabel for boutique buys and local crafts, or stop by Bruton’s Outdoor to stock up on outdoor supplies and the latest mountaineer gear. And it wouldn’t be a trip to McCurtain County without a stop into Janet’s Treasure Chest where kiddos can choose from a trove of Bigfoot souvenirs.

4 P.M. HAPPY HOUR

McCurtain County might be an off-the-grid paradise, but it boasts its fair share of local watering holes. Check out Girls Gone Wine for a kitschy tasting with a side of shopping. Want to make a day of it? Create your own personal wine tour with stops at Fish Tales Winery & Vineyards and Vojai's Winery, too. More into craft beer? Mountain Fork Brewery,  The Beavers Bend Brewery, Hochatown Distillery, The Moon Tower Sports Bar,  Grateful Head Pizzeria and Tap Room, and the Blue Rooster patio all boast excellent beer lists, and plenty of room to spread out and socialize.

7 P.M. GRILLING AND CHILLING

A cabin getaway in McCurtain County is all about hang time. Most cozy abodes come equipped with grills to suit your every outdoor cooking whim, so get the steaks, burgers and hot dogs going. Ready for desert? Head to the fire pit with the whole crew and start toasting those S’mores!

1 P.M. AFTERNOON PADDLING

Looking for Grade A paddling? Flex your kayaking muscles on Broken Bow Lake, master some downward facing dog with some paddle board yoga, canoe to the scenic views of the Mountain Fork River, get your pulse racing with small rapids on the Upper Mountain Fork, or tackle class II+ rapids on the Glover River. With set-ups from mild to menacing, you can choose your own adventure (and pace).

3 P.M. TALIMENA SCENIC BYWAY 

Say farewell by treating yourself to some top-notch views with a drive through the gorgeous Talimena Scenic Byway. If you’re traveling during autumn, you’re in for some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the state. The road connects Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas, so plan your route home accordingly. Until next time!