Broken Bow, Oklahoma – aka, Hochatown, is a short drive across the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma and a popular vacation spot within a 3 hour drive for families to get close to nature. Within 90 minutes you could be in Oklahoma City.
You can factor in a visit to Eisenhower State Park en route.
Renting a Broken Bow cabin is a must, as families can vacation together, enjoying hiking, boating on the Broken Bow lake, fishing and enjoy the outdoors in the Beavers Bend State Park and cute local town restaurants, a winery and some fun local attractions for the Kids in Hochatown, Oklahoma.
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Is Broken Bow and Beavers Bend the same?
Beavers Bend is the name of the State Park within Broken Bow and the nearest town is Hochatown, Oklahoma.
How far is Broken Bow from Dallas or Plano ?
Depending on traffic, the fastest route is 156 miles, via US 82E and estimated at 2 hours 34 minutes.
How much are Broken Bow Cabins to rent?
Rents start at $99 per night but can increase based on size and number of beds it offers and amenities it offers.
Things to do in Broken Bow, Oklahoma
There’s a Winery (Girls Gone Wine) that offers a great range and a gift shop with super cute gifts (We recommend you try the Winearitas!)
Go to Tomahawk’s for axe throwing
Spot the Deer in the forest!
Big Foot Speedway and the Hochatown Petting Zoo are fun options for Kids and for little kids, there is a cute Train ride at Beavers Bend State Park. At the Petting Zoo, the owner actually rescues and rehabs animals so you don’t know who you’ll meet on a repeat visit.
Head to Steven’s Gap (Off of U.S. 259, Hochatown, OK) to pick up one of the BrokenTikiTours. They get the little kids involved, who may even be able to drive the boat!
Head 9 miles west on Highway 3, and try Riverman Trail Rides for horseback riding. It’s a beautiful ride. It puts you up on this huge cliff overlooking a river – it is stunning.
Ages 10 and up ride their own horse; littles can ride with an adult on a tandem saddle in the rear – the people running this are the folks who own and live on the land itself – truly amazing!
The food at Buffalo Grill is also great. If you fish, go to the river for trout. Each person must have a Oklahoma fishing license.
For a little more adventure, you can Rent ATV’s and Boat Rentals – couples or families looking for adventure and a unique experience in the great Ouachita mountains.
You could always try Ziplining too with Rugaru Aerial Adventures, (affiliate link) but be sure to check the requirements for the members of your family that can take part. Tripadvisor (affiliate link) classifies it as their current #1 Outdoor Adventure in Broken Bow!
Broken Bow Lake
To swim in the Broken Bow Lake or rent a Boat, head to Steven’s Gap and to the Beavers Bend Marina for rentals. Add a Tube too, for extra fun!
The lake is usually warm (depending on the time of the year).
There’s some rocky beaches off Steven’s Gap –> Eagle Dr where you can swim, but the river was fun to catch tadpoles in the shallow areas. At the little lake you can rent paddle boats and canoes.
Places to eat out in Broken Bow, Oklahoma
For Pizza, Grateful Head is very popular for the atmosphere, but the Pizza at Mountain Fork Brewery is renowned!
We love the Beavers Bend Brewery, Jake’s Brickhouse Grill for steaks, Shuck Me for Seafood and Buffalo Grill (for Barbecue!) and the Rolling Fork Takery in Hochatown – they source everything fresh and local, and the owner creates all the recipes.
Another great option is a little place called the River Walk Market in the Hochatown Strip Mall which does breakfast and lunch buffets with great home-cooking. You’ll pay according to your kids age – $.99/year up until 8, then it’s a flat price for everyone.
For Coffee and Desserts, try Okie Girls Coffee and Ice Cream, Northside Ice Cream Parlor and Gypsy Brew Java.
Items to bring
- Fishing poles
- Stuff to make s’mores
- Bring Rain boots for the creek
- Bug spray
If you are not well versed in starting your own log fire, or want to ensure you don’t rely on having a stock of logs, you can purchase a duraflame log at Tom Thumb. Most cabins will provide logs for you for an extra fee. Check when you book or contact the owner before you go.
Broken Bow Cabins, Oklahoma
Looking for a Cabin in Broken Bow Oklahoma? The market is super hot for rentals right now, so don’t leave it late to make a booking – many are booked two or three months out. Broken Bow cabins availability is limited!