The Best Activities in Broken Bow, OK | Beavers Bend National Park

The Best Activities in Broken Bow, OK | Beavers Bend National Park

There are plenty of fun activities in Broken Bow that are perfect for everyone.

My family loves going to Broken Bow because it is a fun and relaxing place to rent a cabin, get back to nature, and bond with family.

We have been going to Broken Bow since 2010 and every trip it gets better and better.

The cabins we rent, the memories we make, and the fun activities we do are always the best.

Our favorite time to go is right at the end of the year because the winter is the perfect time to enjoy a cabin, sit by the fire, play games and so much more.

But, Broken Bow can be a year-round place to enjoy!

Activities in Broken Bow

Over the years, Broken Bow has become a popular spot for families and groups to rent cabins and enjoy Beavers Bend National Park. The Ouachita National forest and history of the area is spectacular.

There are so many outdoor and indoor activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy while visiting.

So, here are the top fun activities in Broken Bow.

Guided Fishing Tours in Broken Bow

Fishing is one of the top fun activities in Broken Bow for my family when we visit. Broken Bow Lake and Mountain Fork River are stocked with amazing trout that we love to enjoy.

TIP: If you do plan to go fishing, always get a license and learn your daily fish limit and all the rules to catching trout. These are easy to obtain at the local Walmart or here

If you get caught fishing without an Oklahoma Fishing License, the ticket will cost you more than the license would.

You can choose to go fishing on your own and find the best spots yourself, or you could always hire a fishing guide.

If you would like to hire a fishing guide, here are some great places you could check out.

– Beavers Bend Fly Fishing Guide 

You can choose from a Half-Day or a Full-Day Fish Guide. Pricing and times will vary.

Check out their website for more information.

3840 Old Broken Bow Highway
Broken Bow Oklahoma, 74728

– Private Fishing with River Man Trail Rides

Looking for a private fishing experience that is also ‘catch and release’?

Check out the River Man Fishing guide service.

1735 Pine View Road
Broken Bow, OK 74728

Wineries in Broken Bow

The adults in my family enjoy visiting the local wineries in Broken Bow. They have some delicious selections that are worth even ordering and shipping them year-round.

Here are four great wineries you can visit while in Broken Bow.

Girls Gone Wine

Visiting the Girls Gone Wine locations in Broken Bow is a great place to hang out with the girls, taste and enjoy some delicious wine, and relax.

This is our favorite Winery to visit on every trip we take to Broken Bow. We love browsing the boutique, sampling the wine, and enjoying a glass or two on their patio.

It is a perfect little afternoon delight to unwind.

10216 N US Hwy 259Broken Bow, OK 74728
Contact to make a Free Wine Tasting Reservation
580-306-WINE (5463)
Summer | June – August | Mon-Sat 12pm – 8pm | Sun 11am – 6pmFall / Winter / Spring | Sat 12pm – 8pm | Mon – Thurs 12pm – 6 pm | Sun 10am – 4pm

Another really cool thing that the Girls Gone Wine offers is the ability to make your own wine.

Check out how to reserve your spot for you and the girls to create your own concoction. —>> Make your Own Wine!

– Fish Tales Winery & Vineyard

Fish Tales Winery is another great place to visit for wine sampling while in Broken Bow.

There is also a bistro on site so you can enjoy lunch and relax with the family.

17 Oak Leag Ln.
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Sun – Thurs: 11am-5pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-8pm

 Off-Road Vehicle Rentals in Broken Bow

Broken Bow and Beavers Bend National Park is the perfect location to rent a UTV, ATV, or jeep and explore.

This is one of my favorite things to do in Broken Bow. It is a thrill and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous.

There are a couple of companies you can rent from below.

Bandits ATV Boat Rentals

Bandits ATV Boat Rentals is a great place to rent some fun toys for the whole family at any time of year. To find out more information on rentals, check out their website below.

9160 North US Highway 259
Hochatown, OK 74728


Mon-Sun: 9am-6pm


Activities in Broken Bow

– Beaver Bend Depot & Trail Rides

Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides is a combo family activity center with horseback trails and a train ride. This is perfect for kiddos to have a fun memorable experience while in Broken Bow.

The Train Ride is about 15 – 20 minutes through the wilderness where you could spot some wildlife.

You could also enjoy a 2.5-mile trail horseback ride that takes about an hour to get through. They have guided tours and wonderful morning or afternoon activity to do in Broken Bow.

Plus, after your rides, there is a gift shop and snack bar to re-energize the crew.

290 Beavers Bend Loop
Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728


Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 9am – 3pm


Hiking Trails in Broken Bow | Beavers Bend National Park | Ouachita National Forest

Hiking in Broken Bow is a wonderful activity! There are so many trails and you’re almost guaranteed to see some kind of wildlife.

I remember one year during a fishing/hiking expedition we were welcomed by a little deer. 

If Hiking is your thing to do, here are 5 great hiking trails that you can explore while visiting. 

– Lookout Mountain Trail

Length: 2.9 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This trail is pretty rocky and not ideal for a stroller or anything with wheels.

– Lakeview Lodge Trail

Length: 1.4 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This trail features a river outlook that is just beautiful. 

– Cedar Bluff Trailhead

Length: 0.9 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

Short little hike with gorgeous views.

– Beaver Lodge Nature Trail

Length: 3.0 miles
Type: Out & Back
Difficulty: Easy

This is a great hike that is easy for the whole family. 

– Friends Trail Loop

Length: 1.5 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This hike has a view of a waterfall and a beautiful river.

Brewery’s in Broken Bow

If you’re not a huge wine person, there are some great places to enjoy a nice ice-cold beer.

Broken Bow has a couple of Breweries that the adults can enjoy a distillery tour and tasting.


Mountain Fork Brewery

Established in 2015, Mountain Fork Brewery is a great place to enjoy a cold one. If you would like to tour the distillery, tours are on Saturdays and available for 10 guests if you call ahead. 

89 N Lukfata Trail Rd,
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Tap Room Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tour Hours
Saturday 1pm & 3pm 

Beavers Bend Brewery

This is another great place to check out some great beer. They have year-round and seasonal beers available. Beavers Bend Brewery offers an IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and a Brown Ale. 

46 Coho Rd
Broken Bow, OK 74728

Mon-Thurs 12-8 pm

(closed Tuesday)

Fri/Sat 12-9

Sun 11-7
Beer Menu & Website

Canoe/Kayak Rentals in Broken Bow

Looking to get on the water for a little exercise in nature? If you don’t want bring your own canoe or kayak, and would like to rent and have a guide, there are great businesses that provide the service.

– Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak

They offer two basic floats to choose from. One float is 8 miles with a little difficulty and the other is 5 miles that are best for those with children. You can either rent a canoe/kayak from them or bring your own. 

466 Wild Goose Rd
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Contact – Must Call for Reservations


Activities in Broken Bow

Ziplining Activity in Broken Bow

I have never been zip lining but knowing that you can in Beavers Bend/Broken Bow is so awesome!

This is a fun day activity for those thrill-seeking family members to experience the forest in a whole new way.

– Rugaru Adventures

Ziplining is one of the best activities in Broken Bow! If you can get a reservation time slot, it’s a grand adventure. They have 6 lines hovering 60ft above the forest. You’ll go about 35 mph from one point to the next. 


2658 Stevens Gap Road
Broken Bow, OK 74728
580-494-2ZIP (2947)
Make Reservations/Check Available Times

Historical Museums in Broken Bow

History is one of my favorite subjects and visiting locations is the best way to learn.

My family visited the Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum one year to check out the history of the place we were staying. It was a nice learning experience and great for kids.

– Forest Heritage Center Museum

My family and I visited this museum one year while visiting Broken Bow. The kids had a great time learning about the culture. Plus, it is free admission.

Us 259 A
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Monday – Sunday 8am-5pm

Activities in Broken Bow

Final Thoughts

These top activities in Broken Bow are what makes the trip so much fun every time we visit. My family loves to go fishing, wine tasting, and enjoying each other’s company even when we stay at the cabin.

If you’re looking for a cabin to rent, check out our post 24 Incredible Airbnb Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

I hope this begins your planning to Broken Bow because it truly is a great place to rent a cabin and explore!

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6 Important Things You Need To Do Before a Road Trip

6 Important Things You Need To Do Before a Road Trip

Taking a road trip sounds like a fun adventure, however, there are unpredictable things that could happen along the way.

Now, I’m the kind of person that likes to think about the “what if” and do whatever I can to prevent the bad things from happening.

For example, a flat tire. Sometimes these are unpreventable depending on where you’re driving, but being prepared with the right tools and a spare is important.

Other items to be prepared with are car insurance coverage, survival items, and up to date Identification to name a few.

So, let’s get into the 6 most important things you need to do before taking your adventurous road trip!

Related: How to Plan an Amazing Family Road Trip

1. Check your vehicle insurance

This is an important thing to do so you understand your coverage. The last thing you want is to be in an accident of any kind and not have the proper or updated insurance. Make sure you know what coverage you have so there are no surprises if something happens. For example;

  •  Liability or Full Coverage; I personally have always had full coverage on all my vehicles. Full coverage also covers your vehicle if there is any damage, whereas, liability only covers the damage you cause to another vehicle. Having full coverage has provided me with peace of mind while driving. Whichever you choose, it’s important to know the ins and out of what coverage you have.
  • Medical Coverage; Having Medical on your car insurance is important. If the accident is your fault and the passengers must be hospitalized, then your insurance will cover the costs. Well, at least the amount that you opted to purchase for coverage.
  • Road-Side Assistance; Our insurance with USAA offers the option to add Road-Side Assistance to our plan. I think this is important! If you run out of gas, need a tow, or a spare tire change they are available with your insurance coverage. This is also available with companies like AAA, but knowing your insurance may have the option as well if you don’t have AAA is good to know.

These are just a couple of things to investigate when it comes to your Auto insurance before taking your road trip. I would give your agent a call or log in to your insurance website to go over all the different coverage opportunities.

2. Car Maintenance

Having your car get proper maintenance before you take a road trip is a safety measure that you need to take. Making sure your mode of transportation is going to get you to your destination is key to a successful road trip.

Here’s a list of items to check for your car before you head out.

Change your oil
Check car fluids (Windshield Washer Fluid, Brake Fluid, Steering Fluid, etc)
Change or Air up the tires
Get a Spare Tire
Get an alignment
Check your lights (interior and exterior – headlights/brake lights)

Many of these can be checked if you run your car by a Kwik Kar or other type of car maintenance shop. Often, when you get your oil changed, they will check all your other fluids too.

3. Check/Update your ID’s

Making sure your driver’s license is completely up to date is important. Driving with an expired license could potentially be a heavy ticket if you get pulled over.

This is super simple to do if you need to renew by going online at your local DMV website.

Tip: If you have kids, it’s a great opportunity to get them ID’s as well. Even if you make them yourself with their picture, name, and your contact information on a laminated paper or in an ID lanyard.

4. Take out some cash

I know everything is electronic in today’s world and almost every place takes debit or no-touch pay, but having spare cash is a good thing.

You never know if you stop for gas and their card reader is out of order. Or you may want to stop at a local market and cash is the only option.

Another reason to have some extra cash on hand is in case you lose your debit card. I have lost debit cards in random places and have had to call the bank to deactivate them. It is super-inconvenient but having the cash could save you if you lose your wallet or purse.

5. Tell a loved one where you’re going and with whom

Whether you plan on taking a road trip with a group of people, a significant other, or by yourself, always tell someone where you’re going.

You will also want to tell them other details like; How long you’re staying, when you will be back, who you’re going with or meeting up with, and any other important and emergency information.

6. Create a survival bag

I know this sounds a little like prepping, and out of the normal since we have cell phones.

However, there have been many recent stories of people getting stuck with no cell service and out of gas in the middle of nowhere.

This is a huge “what if” but I would rather be safe than sorry.

Survival is key and if you find yourself in the position of your car breaking down with no cell service, then some food, water, blanket, and whatever else you need will keep you alive.

Here’s a small list of items you can add in your survival bag;

Trail Mix
Granola Bars
Beef Jerky/Turkey Jerky
Warm but Lightweight Blanket
Small Pillow
Toilet paper
First Aid Kit
Purified Drinking Straw and Bottle

Final Thoughts

If you’re heading out on an adventurous road trip, I hope these tips are beneficial.

I know for us; they have made a huge difference.

When you make sure these items are checked before heading out on the open road, you could prevent a potential tragedy like being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no ability to survive. As I said, that is a worst-case scenario, but it is better to be prepared than not.

So I highly recommend all 6 tips, especially telling a loved one when you’re leaving, when you’ll be back, where you’re going, and who you’re going with!

If you’ve enjoyed these tips and found them to be beneficial, please share so others can benefit from them as well!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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