Rock hounds can dig for the hour glass shaped Selenite Crystal found only at the Crystal area on the Salt Plains Refuge.
Fish for catfish, saugeye or other finned creatures at the Great Salt Plains Lake or visit the Byron state Fish Hatchery and Watchable Wildlife Area to see some of the fingerlings that stock Oklahoma's Lakes.
The area is a hunters paradise. quail, pheasant, turkey, goose, deer and other wildlife are plentiful throughout the area.
Gardeners can stroll the gardens of the Heritage Manor Bed and Breakfast, near Aline, or take the Cherokee Water Gardens Tour.
Learn the history of the area at the Alfalfa County Museum in Cherokee, and see how early settlers lived in the only remaining sod house in Oklahoma built by a homesteader in Aline.
During the 1893 Land Run into the Cherokee Outlet, the present county at that time was among six counties designated by the alphabet letters K through Q. County M became Woods County. Then, at the 1907 Statehood Convention, Woods County was divided into three counties, which were given the names of Woods, Major, and Alfalfa.
Alfalfa County was named after Alfalfa Bill Murray, president of the Constitutional Convention and later Governor of the state.
Explore Alfalfa County
Salt Plains was established in 1930 "as a refuge and breeding ground for birds." It provides habitat for approximately 300 species of birds and 30 species of mammals. The 32,030 acres is divided into almost equal parts of nonvegetated salt flat, open water, and vegetated land (Cherokee, OK Wildlife Refuges
The salt plains are a unique geological area. Visitors may enjoy viewing the near perfectly flat 11,000-acre barren area with the wafer thin salt crust or dig for the Famous Salt Plains selenite crystals with the hour-glass sand inclusion.Cherokee, OK Natural Attractions
At one time thousands of sod houses dotted the plains region of North America. This "soddy " built by Marshal McCully in 1894 is the only one still standing in Oklahoma that was built by a Homesteader of the Cherokee Outlet Land Run of 1893. Located 1 mile east, 2.5Aline, OK Museums
In 1929, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation established Byron State Fish Hatchery to produce sportfish for statewide distribution. This is the only jar culture hatchery in the state, producing 25 - 30 million fish a year. Besides raising sportfish, the hatchery'Cherokee, OK Wildlife Areas