Named after the Muscogee word for “boiling water,” Okmulgee offers a dose of outdoor recreation at the Okmulgee & Dripping Springs Lake & Recreation Area. Once a state park, this impressive outdoor recreation area boasts the state’s first trophy bass lake, as well as a gorgeous spillway that was created in the 1930s by the CCC and WPA. Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate a visit to the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, which offers bountiful hiking, kayaking, hunting and fishing.
Head into historic downtown Okmulgee to spot over 100 historic buildings, like the Orpheum Theater from the early 1920s and the Creek Council House Museum that dates back to 1878. Okmulgee is the home of the Muscogee Nation, and the annual Muscogee Nation Festival is held at the Claude Cox Omniplex each June.