What in the world were the founders of the town thinking when then named it “Medicine Park?” We don’t know, but we can say that the strange name doesn’t detract from the appeal of this lovely little Oklahoma town! Medicine Park is most popular for the nearby Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, a beautiful natural area filled with endless plant and animal species, nature trails, and plenty of adventures! If you visit the town, you’ll be able to enjoy fishing by Medicine Falls, a walk along the creek, and, of course, walks through the wildlife refuge.
Perry is one of those little Midwest towns that was built on the sweat and blood of agricultural settlers. Today, it is still a personal community mortared together by family-run businesses and tradition. If you visit, you can check out the history of Ditch Witch, a company that was started in Perry. You can also visit the lake and the quaint antiquing district, where you will be sure to find some treasures!
Before 1889, Guthrie was just a railroad stop. However, it began to boom after 10,000 residents moved to the area and established the town! Believe it or not, this small Oklahoma town was actually the territory’s capital for a while. Today, Guthrie still has about 10,000 citizens and retains much of its original architecture, although it’s much less famous than it once was. This lack of attention actually makes the town a wonderful place to visit. It’s small and quiet, with plenty of interesting history, art, and nature to explore. If you love Oklahoma history, don’t miss this interesting little town!
If you’re familiar with the geography of Nebraska, you may be familiar with the name Broken Bow. Broken Bow, Oklahoma was actually named after an existing town of the same name in Nebraska, which is where the founders of the town originated. The geography of the town is more interesting than the name, though. This community is located in a transition area between the Red River Basin and the Ouachita Mountains, not far from Broken Bow Lake. Because of all these lovely natural features, this small town is a popular destination for hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting.
Pauls Valley is “Not Your Ordinary Small Town,” according to the community website. We are inclined to agree! Although this community has many of the characteristics we love about small towns, it also has some extra things you might not expect. If you visit, you’ll have to make time to see the Toy and Action Figure Museum. There are literally thousands upon thousands of toys to see here, from superhero items in the Bat Cave to hands-on fun in the playroom.
This small Oklahoma town is named for the mineral springs that first attracted settlers to the area. The initial residents of the town were Chickasaw ranchers and their families, whose ancestors had been living in the region for time unknown. Before long, more settlers from the East Coast began moving into the area, and the town preserved the hot springs as a reservation, which eventually became Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Today, you can still enjoy the preserve and the hot springs! This is a special place you won’t want to miss when you visit Oklahoma.
This small town is larger than most on our list of the most beautiful small towns in Oklahoma. There are just over 35,000 residents in this town, and the historic downtown has benefitted from modern high-rise buildings, including one by Frank Lloyd Wright. Despite the size and modern additions in this town, it is still a lovely place to enjoy the small-town lifestyle. One of the loveliest aspects of Bartlesville is the Caney River, which flows right through the town and provides respite from the busyness of daily life.
Love museums and fresh-from-the-source food? Then you’ll definitely enjoy a trip to Claremore! This lovely Oklahoma town is full of interesting historic sites and agricultural attractions. Spend your day wandering through the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, and Belvidere Mansion, then take a trip to Sawn Bros. Dairy for delicious fresh cheese!
This beautiful little small town had its moment of fame in an episode of Dirty Jobs called “Worm Dung Farmer.” While that might not give the most delightful impression, Eufaula is actually quite beautiful. The town is situated on Lake Eufaula, the largest lake in the state. You can enjoy your favorite water activities here, or stay in town and browse through downtown’s 20 blocks of shopping, dining, and attractions. Head just out of town for horseback riding at War Paint Horse Ranch, or take a tour at Sailing Horse Vineyards and Winery. This is an excellent weekend getaway destination!
This is a lovely small town that still has strong ties to its Chickasaw roots. In fact, up to 3,000 of the 16,000 residents speak Chickasaw! You can find signs in Chickasaw and English, as well as historic locations that commemorate Chickasaw culture. For those more interested in celebrity history than cultural history, Ada is a still an interesting attraction. This little town is home of quite a few notable names, including country singer Blake Shelton.