Pittsburg County, Oklahoma
Located in southeastern Oklahoma, Pittsburg County was named after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Early explorers and traders traveled the area in the 1700s. In the early 1800s, the Texas Road and part of the California Road were early travel routes in Pittsburg County. During the Civil War, two Confederate posts were established in the county, Camp Jumper and a camp in Perryville. In the Battle of Perryville in 1863, Union forces burned the camp and the town. Coal mining in Pittsburg County began prior to the 1880s and was a major industry in the area.
Hunters come from all over to look for deer, wild turkey, wild boar, quail, and squirrel in Pittsburg County. Oklahoma hunters have on average taken nearly 100,000 deer a year for the last several deer seasons and the state is looking for ways to increase this number. Deer season is a huge event in this region of Southeastern Oklahoma!
Southeast Oklahoma is far more mountainous and forested than any other part of the state, containing most of the Ouachita Mountains in Oklahoma, the Arbuckle Mountains, and five other mountain ranges. The Ouachita National Forest, Oklahoma's only national forest, is also in this area. Kiamichi Country also houses "The World's Highest Hill," a 1,999-foot peak near Poteau, with the official designation for a "mountain" being anything 2,000-feet or taller. The region contains Oklahoma's largest lake by surface area, Eufaula Lake. Other major lakes include Robert S. Kerr Reservoir, Sardis Lake, Hugo Lake, McGee Creek Reservoir, Pine Creek Lake, Brok
Kiamichi Country is the Ultimate Sportsman's Paradise in Southeastern Oklahoma. Not only are the hunting and fishing experience king in this region, the sheer beauty of the seven mountain ranges bring to mind the Talimena Scenic Drive, the numerous lakes in this picturesque tourist area.
With the mountain vistas, you can also experience the unbelievable views and also the best fall foliage tours in the Midwest. If you add all kinds of water sports, camping, horse trails, hiking , hang gliding and sightseeing to your list of things to do, it can take days to completely cover the Kiamichi Country area.
Come see for yourself what they are saying about this wonderful region. Looking for a great place to retire or own a vacation home or weekend cabin? You have found the right place to look Come spend a weekend, a week, or a month. You may not want to leave!
There are 10 state parks located throughout Kiamichi Country. Each park has unique points of interest along with facilities that can make your life a little more comfortable. See State Parks for further information. The Kiamichi Country consists of seven Southeastern counties, each with their own wonderful towns, sights and activities to offer the public; Choctaw, Pushmataha, McCurtain, LeFlore, Latimer, Haskell, and Pittsburg.
The Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area covers 76,000 acres in Pushmataha and LeFlore counties and has literally hundreds of miles of trails for horses or four wheelers in these managed timberlands. The Little River Wildlife Refuge area is located in the Broken Bow area Waterfowl, primarily mallard and wood duck, have traditionally used the habitat within the Refuge. The refuge is open for hiking, birdwatching, wildlife observation, and photography.
The Hugo Wildlife Management Area covers a total of 19,566 acres located in Choctaw and Pushmataha counties. The Lyndol Fry Waterfowl Refuge is located adjacent to the Kiamichi River and consists of 3,500 acres. This Kiamichi Country mountain region has many streams and rivers for various float trips such as canoeing, rafting, kayaking, fishing and mountain ATV trails. The Kiamichi River, Little River, Glover River, and Mountain Fork River are just a few of the exciting choices to explore and float with various canoe rentals in the area.
Ouachita National Forest
Ouachita National Forest is just down the road.