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Only a three hour drive from the Dallas area, Beavers Bend is rapidly becoming a top destination for Fall colors. Typically, the Autumn foliage in the Beavers Bend, Oklahoma area peaks the last week of October or first of November. This, of course can vary depending on the amount of precipitation that has fallen throughout the year. However, if you visit during this two week span, your chances of witnessing the autumnal transition are best.

The vast amount of coniferous and hardwood trees radiate a contrast of colors that rival those found anywhere in the United States. As the landscape transitions into the Kiamichi Mountains, the views become delightfully distant. Highway 259A, which leads into the State Park, teeters on the southernmost ridge of the foothills. These views expand endlessly over a rolling mix of painted leaves and unchanged pines. Also, on Highway 259A, panoramic views of Broken Bow Lake are abundant. An untouched body of water encompassing islands of rock and pines blend with reds and yellows to welcome Fall.

With the season comes the Beavers Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show. This annual festival occurs each November and is considered the area's premiere event during the Fall months. Thousands venture to the festival to experience turn of the century vocations. Craftsmen and women fill the Forest Heritage Center displaying and exhibiting their trade. Trained and educated in their respective art, most exhibitors have items for sale. These can range from handmade soaps, to blankets made on a loom, to hand forged knives. There are open-air trolleys transporting guests to and from the festival. Patrons should park within the state park by following the directional signs and volunteers.