Department of Transportation.
Visual delights await those who travel along the Talimena Scenic Drive. See vistas with shades of green in the foreground's forests to blue haze in the distant mountains. Rocky fields and trees gnarled from winter winds and ice testify to the harsh environment the early settlers encountered in these mountains.
Getting to the Byway:
###From Tulsa, OK### * Take the Muskogee Turnpike southeast to I-40. * Go east on I-40 to Exit 307. * Turn south on U.S. 59. * Just past Poteau, turn onto U.S. 271 toward Wister. * In the Ouachita National Forest turn east on State Route 1, the beginning of the Talimena Scenic Byway in Oklahoma.
Navigating the Byway:
The byway begins at the junction of US Hwy 271 and State Road 1 in the Ouachita National Forest about eight miles east of Talihina, OK. * Start the byway by driving State Road 1 east from Highway 271. * The byway will intersect with Highway 259. Continue on State Road 1. * The Oklahoma section of the byway ends at the OK-AR state border.