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Talimena Scenic Drive

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Fall Foliage on Talimena Scenic Drive 8883

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On the way back to Austin from northwestern Arkansas on November 10, we passed through sections of the Ouachita National Forest in far eastern Oklahoma. At one point we traveled along a part of the Talimena Scenic Drive, which we’d never heard of, but later I looked it up and found a source that claims it’s the best place for fall foliage in the whole state of Oklahoma. Fortunately the woods were at their colorful peak when we drove through the area.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 16, 2013 at 5:59 AM

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  1. I wouldn’t have known about the drive myself, except for a friend in Oklahoma who told me that I had to make time for it. Unfortunately, I was really early for the fall color, but there were a few bits of yellow and red. If this photo’s any indication, it was truly beautiful when you were there.


    December 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    • It was beautiful, and everyone seemed to know it, judging from all the Sunday sightseeing traffic (especially motorcycles) on the road. You can find foliage reports on the Internet each fall, so maybe next year you’ll make it back when the region is at its peak of color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

  2. Quite a contrast to our views this morning in central OH. Our hike was in snow falling over icy trails. Dangerous but worth it.

    Jim in IA

    December 16, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    • A lot of Americans confuse Iowa with Ohio: both have three vowels out of the four letters in their name, and both words have an i followed by an o. To make things worse, some people confuse Idaho with the other two northern states.

      You’ve got some great icicles there, and a panoramic view of winter. Maybe Texas can borrow that dramatic scenery long enough for people here to photograph it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

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