TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – The transition into the fall season means the green leaves on trees are giving way to a variety of oranges and reds as they prepare to break away from limbs to make way for a fresh start in the spring.
Running through the middle of the Cherokee Nation is the Cherokee Hills Byway, which is a scenic path that features a variety of attractions ranging from recreational and cultural to historical and natural, with an array of locations along the route.
“With today’s busy work and personal schedules, it can be challenging to appreciate the natural beauty of the Cherokee Nation. However, this fall is the perfect opportunity for setting aside some time with your family or friends to drive the scenic byway,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “I encourage you to enjoy the breathtaking views along this route, which closely follows the waterways that flow through the heart of our land.”
Highlights of the drive include Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River that are carved out by blue grey flint stone, encased by towering bluffs and lined by some of the most picturesque foliage in Oklahoma.
The 88-mile, two-and-a-half-hour byway follows Highway 10 north of Interstate 40 to U.S. Highway 412, winding through Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair and Delaware counties. Cities and towns along the route include Colcord, Cookson, Fort Gibson, Gore, Kansas, Park Hill, Peggs, Sallisaw, Spiro, Stilwell, Tahlequah, Vian, Wauhillau, Webbers Falls, West Siloam Springs and Westville.
A variety of recreational, cultural, historical, natural and scenic attractions can be found in and around the communities, some classified under multiple categories that line the Cherokee Hills Byway.
For more information and a map of the Cherokee Hills Byway, visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/byways/2346.
Cherokee Hills Scenic Byway