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Okemah is a lovely town in Okfuskee County, about 70 miles from Oklahoma City. The town was originally part of the Creek Nation. In the early 1900s, the area was opened up for non-native development. The area was selected as part of the railroad development era, as a place where two railroads were set to meet. These railroads never extended as far as their developers had hoped, but the town was built anyway. The local courthouse, which was built in 1926, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just down the road, the Okemah National Guard Armory was used to hold prisoners of war during World War II.
The town is most known as being the hometown of Woody Guthrie. The Woody Guthrie House is also on the National Register of Historic Places and is worth taking some time to explore if you can.
If you are looking for dog-friendly activities in Okemah, Okemah Lake is about 15 minutes north from the center of town. Dogs are welcome at the lake on-leash. There are plenty of designated spots for swimming and camping for fun for the whole family.
There are two animal hospitals in Okemah if your pup needs a quick pick-me-up while you are visiting.
Okemah is a relatively small town. There are some fast food restaurants where you can bring your dog for an afternoon treat. Walking through the town, you will find several memorials to Woody Guthrie, including a view of his childhood home. While your dog can't go inside, you can snap a selfie or two while you are out getting your steps in! Make sure you check out the local green space at the intersection of Ash and 3rd. There is a field and a basketball court for community use if you and your pup need a spot to stretch your legs for a few minutes!
About a half-hour from Okemah is the Okmulgee Recreation Area. The park is set on the gorgeous Okmulgee Lake. You can bring your fur family here for some weekend fun in the sun and enjoy everything from fishing to hiking or biking the trails together. Camping and boating are also permitted in the park, with hookups and boat launches for a stress-free experience. Those who enjoy fishing will find the water full of bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish. When bringing your pup with you to the park, make sure you have a good leash and harness for your dog's comfort and safety while outdoors.
Lake Eufaula State Park is a forty-minute drive directly east of Okemah. This park is a great place for a day trip or an entire weekend getaway if you have the time. The park was formerly known as Fountainhead State Park and is home to Lake Eufaula. The lake is more than 100,000 acres and has plenty of activities both in and around it for visitors to enjoy. You and your pup are welcome to hike the Bluebird Trail while you admire the diverse wildlife populations that call this area home. There are even playgrounds and fishing areas for full family fun!
South Henryetta is about 22 minutes from the town of Okemah. This community is home to Nichols Lake and the respective Nichols Park, where people and pups are welcome to take a stroll after a long day or come for a picnic on a warm weekend. Another pup-friendly attraction is the Henryetta Off-road Track and Trail, where you will find more space for you and your dog to explore outdoors if you have some time and a bundle of energy at the end of that leash! There are several reservoirs on this side of town that have walking paths winding around them if you prefer a waterside view.
The center of the town of Eufaula is a vibrant community with strong ties to the local native culture. There are many opportunities for you and your pup to exercise and explore the local shops together, with a clear view of the lake from almost anywhere in town. The community is a growing area for new families seeking a place to buy a home, raise a family, or just relax into their retirement. Posey Park is one of the local green spaces where you and Spot are welcome to go for a spin in the grass to work off all of that extra energy before dinner time!
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