OC students’ fall activity guide
As fall settles in, it’s easy to daydream of nights by a bonfire, walks through orange and brown-leafed trees, and pumpkin patches enjoyed with seasonal flavored lattes. Between studying for midterms and an active social campus life, it’s important to take a break and take advantage of the season’s offerings.
Whether you’re looking for a weekend autumnal adventure or activities to fill your Fall Break, this OC Fall Activity Guide offers up plenty of suggestions!
Parkhurst Ranch & Pumpkin Patch
One of Oklahoma’s best pumpkin patches is just a quick drive down historic Route 66. The Parkhurst Ranch and Pumpkin Patch in Arcadia, Oklahoma, is a favorite for more than just its great selection of pumpkins.
The patch activities include a corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, and more. If you get hungry while searching for the perfect pumpkin, the patch’s concession stand offers hot dogs and s’mores to enjoy in the picnic area.
If you’re looking to spend a leisurely day relaxing, the ranch is perfect. The large recreational area is filled with hammocks and swings for you to enjoy.
General admission into the patch is $8 Fridays to Sundays. If you want to kick your weekend off a little earlier, you can take advantage of the $7 admission offered on Thursdays.
Keep updated with special events and get directions on the ranch’s website.
The Maize at Reding Farm
It wouldn’t be a fall in the Sooner State without visiting the Maize at Reding Farm in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
The farm boasts the largest corn maze in the state and opens September 30. This year’s pattern pays homage to the well-loved classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Get lost and have a (hay)barrel of fun with friends as you navigate the larger-than-life patterns of the maze.
The Reding farm is packed with fall favorite activities, including hayrides, a haunted version of its maze, and even a cow train.
Before you make the short drive over to Chickasha, check out the Maize’s hours and admission prices.
The Ouachita National Forest and Mountains
While Oklahoma is known for seemingly endless plains and sunsets that stretch across huge horizons, the southeast side of the state tells of another geologic history. The rolling, pine-covered Ouachita Forest and Mountain Range are south of Tulsa. The wooded region provides a stark contrast to the rest of the state.
Nearly 50 miles of trails are available on the Oklahoma side of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail System. Talimena State Park offers great trails for an afternoon of hiking.
If you’re planning to tackle the trails, always call the park station with any specific questions, and always plan a hike with personal skill level, weather, and safety in mind.
If setting off on foot isn’t your thing, take a drive down the Talimena National Scenic Byway for some of the best fall foliage in the state. The byway’s website regularly provides a fall foliage update beginning in October to alert travels of the best times to take the drive.
Think apple picking is just a fall niche for the northern states? Not so!
Though Livesay Orchards in Porter, Oklahoma, is famous for its peaches, the fall season brings apples and pumpkins. Visitors can take a walk among the orchard and fill a basket with handpicked, crisp apples.
Unfortunately, apple picking ends in early October. Be sure to call ahead of your visit to make sure the activity is available. The good news is that the orchard’s pumpkin patch and other activities are available until the end of the month, including hayrides, a hay bale maze, and fresh market.
Follow the Livesay Orchards harvesting seasons at the orchard to keep on the lookout for other pick-your-own opportunities.
Bundle up, grab a hot cocoa and cheer on the OC men and women’s soccer teams as they face their NCAA Division II rivals. Even though OC doesn’t have a football team (undefeated since 1950!), students can still spend a fall evening rooting for the Eagles.