McCurtain County in Southeastern Oklahoma is promoting geocaching in its Beavers Bend State Park area as an ideal outdoor activity for families with teens or tweens.
Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasures using high-tech equipment. Geocachers place or identify a geocache somewhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache. For families, geocaching can provide an enjoyable and exciting family outdoor activity.
In the Beavers Bend State Park area, geochachers have researched and GPS-located hundreds of geocaches. In searching for them, families will see beautiful mountains, lakes, tall pine trees, scenic rivers and will use the park’s excellent hiking trails.
Before traveling to McCurtain County to go geocaching, visitors should log on to the official Global GPS Cache Hunt site at www.geocaching.com. Typing in zip code 74728 or other zip codes in McCurtain County provides descriptions and GPS locations of caches. Visitors can select several in the Beavers Bend State Park area that the McCurtain County Tourism Authority says will be fun, entertaining, challenging and educational. The park’s geocaches have difficulty ratings ranging from easy to difficult.
“People love treasure hunts, particularly kids. In McCurtain County, families can enjoy an exciting treasure hunt that combines technology, outdoor recreation and family time together,” says Charity O’Donnell, executive director of the McCurtain County Tourism Authority. “September is a perfect time to head to our cool mountains, beautiful lakes and refreshing rivers and enjoy fun and challenging geocaching.”
Located in the heart of the Kiamichi Mountains, just across the Texas state line, McCurtain County is home to Broken Bow Lake, Pine Creek Lake, the Mountain Fork, Eagle Fork and Glover Rivers and Beavers Bend State Park. For more information on Beavers Bend State Park, visit www.beaversbend.com/Info.htm.
In McCurtain County, families’ lodging choices include rustic cottages, modern motels, affordable log cabins (with hot tubs and fireplaces) nestled among towering pines, as well as unique bed & breakfasts and luxury resorts.
McCurtain County is a 2 ½-to 4-hour drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
To make reservations visit McCurtain County Tourism Authority’s website at www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com or call 800-528-7337.
Upcoming events in McCurtain County include:
● McCurtain County Free Fair, September 4 to September 8 at Idabel, Oklahoma, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The fair includes a downtown parade; livestock showing and judging; carnival attractions; a tractor-driving contest; a talent show; the Miss McCurtain County Pageant; a business appreciation dinner; an awards presentation and a premium sale of animals. Contact 580-286-7558 or visit www.mccurtaincofreefair.com;
● Forest Heritage Center “Masters at Work”, September 10 and September 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: A competition and exhibit featuring five woodturning clubs. For more information, call 580-494-6497 or visit www.beaversbend.com/fhc.html;
● Museum of The Red River, September 18, Masters of the Art: A basket-making workshop with Marshall Gettys. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Idabel, Oklahoma; for more information, call 580-286-3616 or go to www.museumoftheredriver.org; and
● Concerts in the Park, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, September 25: Music for the whole family, including pop, acoustic, country, rock and alternative rock. From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a day full of live music. Arts and crafts vendors will be featured from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food concessions will also be present. For more information, visit www.brokenbowtheatricalsociety.com.