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Chickasaw National Recreation Area Part Three

This little pool of water was downstream from Antelope Springs.

Travertine Creek

And just around the corner was Buffalo Springs.

direction sign

This spring had a definitely sulphur smell to it.

Buffalo Springs

I tried to get a picture of the water bubbles as they came up from the spring, but failed. It was very cool to see, though!

Buffalo Springs

We followed the trail (and sometimes the creek) back to the Travertine Nature Center.

Travertine Creek

A little ways beyond the nature center was Little Niagara. Having seen the real Niagara Falls, this hardly warranted the name, even with the “little” qualifier!

Little Niagara

I loved the way these leaves pooled along the side downstream from Little Niagara.

autumn leaves in a pool

And then there was a second small falls.

Little Niagara

All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a November afternoon. I anticipate many more trips up to that area, as there is a lot more to see. More hiking trails, more lake parks, and several Indian cultural attractions.

The only downside to the day was our attempt to find supper at one of the several casinos on the way home. We chose to stop at the large casino on the state line (I won’t mention its name; we don’t intend to ever stop there again!), thinking the buffet there would be decent. The casino is touted as the world’s largest, and we got the grand tour by heading in the wrong direction upon entering. We were both amazed and dismayed at the number of people sitting in front of slot machines; I would be willing to bet we saw at least a thousand people there, if not more. By the time we found the buffet, had endured the noise of the casino floor, the cigarette smoke, and discovered the price of the buffet (it was seafood night), we decided to leave. We drove another 10 minutes into Texas, found a Cracker Barrel, and both had good meals, simple meals, for less than half the price we would have spent at the buffet. We were well pleased with ourselves.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Part Two

After our hike along the Lake of the Arbuckles, we drove to the Travertine Nature Center. Along the way, we stopped at Bison Viewpoint and saw the buffalo. It was feeding time!



The Bison Pasture Trail encircles the pasture where the buffalo stay. Maybe we’ll hike that next time! There are so many hiking trails in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The Travertine Nature Center, named for the Travertine Creek, had some nice historical and ecological displays, along with the obligatory gift shop.

Travertine Nature Center

It was also the jumping off spot for the Travertine Creek Trail, which included spurs to the Antelope and Buffalo Springs. Antelope Springs is a freshwater spring, and Buffalo Springs is a mineral water spring.

Travertine Center Creek

Travertine Nature Trail

Travertine Creek

Travertine Creek

Antelope Springs

Antelope Springs bubbles forth from this pile of rocks:

Antelope Springs

Antelope Springs

The water was so clear! These weeds were growing just a few feet down the stream from the spring:

green water weeds

green water weeds

The green was so vivid! I could have stood there for hours looking at it.

To Be Continued….

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Bill and I recently took a Saturday day trip and spent the afternoon at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma. It is actually easier (& just about as quick!) for us to drive north into Oklahoma, than it is to drive south to Dallas or Fort Worth, due to the crazy traffic. We just hop onto I-35E, a short mile or two from our house, and drive due north.

Saturday started out cold, cloudy and blustery, but by the time we were into Oklahoma, the sun came out and it turned out to be a gorgeous afternoon. We at lunch at Subway in Davis, Oklahoma, and then continued east for about 7 miles to the Lake of The Arbuckles. Yup, that’s the name of the lake in the Recreation Area. We drove down to one fishing point/boat launch area and did some hiking.

We noticed this one bush growing along the water’s edge, which we have yet to identify.

wetlands bush in Oklahoma

Here’s the trail we took:

hiking trail

And some views of the lake along the way:

lake view

Lake of the Arbuckles view

Lake of the Arbuckles view

Lest you think we have left the desert of Arizona completely behind, here’s some cacti!


arbuckles lakeview

And our trek back up the trail:


Did I mention it was a gorgeous afternoon?