I’m the kind of person that buys everything Oklahoma - Oklahoma shirts, mugs, hats, blankets, and so much more. To say I’m obsessed with Oklahoma is probably an understatement. Oklahoma is made up of 77 counties, but the 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma are part of Chickasaw Country (I’m especially obsessed with this part!) Chickasaw Country is 7,648 square miles of lakes, waterfalls, ziplines, festivals, museums, and so much more fun.
Chickasaw Country is broken up into 4 regions – northwest, southwest, northeast, and southeast. Each of the 4 regions are home to unique events and beautiful scenery.
If you want to learn more about the northwest region of Chickasaw Country, this blog is for you. From Union City to Hennepin and from Duncan to Newcastle, you will find 17 communities in Oklahoma that are full of Oklahoma history and fun experiences.
- Tuttle, Oklahoma was established in 1906 as an agricultural community along the Chisholm Trail. In Tuttle, you will find all the ice cream you could ever want at the Braums Family Farm. Tours are offered daily, but they book up fast. Tuttle likes ice cream so much they even have a festival about it. The Tuttle Ice Cream Festival is an annual event every June. Looking for something to do in the winter? Explore the Martinbird Tree Farm to find your perfect Christmas tree.
- Chickasha, Oklahoma is located on Highway 81 and Interstate 44. It is only 30 miles west of Norman and 37 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It is really the perfect location! In Chickasha, you will find Oklahoma’s largest light display – The Chickasha Festival of Light! During November and December this is the place to be. There’s nothing else like it. You can stroll through the Christmas lights, go for a ride on the ferris wheel, and you can even ride a camel!
- Duncan, Oklahoma was founded by William Duncan in 1892 as a stop along the Chisholm Trail. Today, Duncan continues to preserve its western heritage by being home to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. This museum was opened in 1997 and is a great place to learn about the historic cattle drive through Chickasaw Country.
- Rush Springs, Oklahoma is home to none other than the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. This festival takes place on the second weekend of August every year. This festival has been happening since 1948!
- Elmore City, Oklahoma became famous in the early 1980s when the high school inspired the movie Footloose! Now, every spring people visit from miles around for the annual Footloose Festival in downtown Elmore City. And guess what? Dancing is not illegal now. In fact, it’s encouraged!
- Marlow, Oklahoma is just 10 miles north of Duncan in the southwest corner of Stephens County.The Marlow school mascot is the outlaws, and I find that fitting because in the late 1800s outlaws hid in Marlow. In fact, the movie “The Sons of Katie Elder” starring John Wayne was based on the Marlow family. Visit the Marlow Area Museum to learn more about the towns wild history.
- Blanchard, Oklahoma was established in 1907 as an old railroad town. Now, Blanchard is a growing community with many events and festivals throughout the year. A local favorite is the May Daze Festival in May of every year. This event is one of the best ways to kick-off summer! While you’re in Blanchard don’t forget to grab a bite to eat from the Burrito Grill or Dakota’s.
- Amber, Oklahoma is a small town in Grady County. It is home to the oldest consolidated school district in Oklahoma, Amber-Pocasset, or as the locals call it, Am-Po. Amber is also home to the famous steakhouse, Ken’s Steak and Ribs Steakhouse!
We can’t wait for you to visit Chickasaw Country! Remember to take pictures and tag us on Instagram by using #VisitChickasaw.
(Originally published on October 29, 2018. Updated on August 26, 2019.)