Nestled in the heart of McCurtain County, Beavers Bend State Park is a sprawling 1,300 acres of some of the most beautiful sights and landscapes to be found in Oklahoma. Adventures abound—hiking, fishing, kayaking, boating, zip-lining and more—along with quirky shops, local restaurants and enormous luxury cabins. With so much natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and creature comforts, it’s the ideal hosting ground for your next group trip.
Bachelors and Bachelorettes can celebrate their impending marriages by renting a boat and cruising Broken Bow Lake; touring the local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries; grilling out at the cabin, over a campfire, or hitting one of the nearby restaurants or casinos. For that matter, why not have the wedding in McCurtain County? It has all the ingredients and necessary creature comforts, and you won’t get more breathtaking wedding photos than against the natural skyline of the Ouachita Mountains. (And who knows, Bigfoot might even pop up in the background.)
Businesses looking for an idyllic setting for their employees to slow down, breathe, and reconnect with nature and themselves should look no further than Beavers Bend for the next company retreat. Meditate in the forest, relax and fish by the lake, or bond over an all-day hike—the inner Zen master is bound to emerge from even the most tightly wound city slicker.
McCurtain County is also a great alternative for a church seeking a youth retreat that’s a little more flexible and do-it-yourself than the average kid camp options: rather than having a small patch of land with a cluster of cabins and a shortlist of predetermined activities, Beavers Bend is a place where you can make your own itinerary and choose your own adventure according to what best fits the needs of your group.
Whether it’s a youth group or a family reunion, the area is teeming with family-friendly adventures. Several ranches offer horseback riding along the banks of the Mountain Fork River and Broken Bow Lake, while Rugaru Adventures gives kids and adults alike the opportunity to go full Tarzan and careen through a canopied forest on a zip-line.
Regardless of the group, the outsized luxury cabins available throughout Beavers Bend can often accommodate a dozen or more people, making it easy for small groups to stay together and enjoy a crackling fire at the end of each day.