Antlers, the county seat of Pushmataha County, named for the numerous antlers left by Indian hunters, is the gateway to the Kiamichi Mountains. The county is a popular area for fall foliage and spring dogwood tours. Nature-lovers and sportsmen alike can enjoy an abundant supply of fish, birds, and wildlife and plenty of unspoiled trails, mountains, creeks, rivers, and lakes. Be sure and look for the Potato Hills, Oklahoma's oldest geological feature.
Hunting, fishing, camping and boating are available at Sardis Lake and Clayton Lake in Clayton and Ozzie Cobb Lake near Rattan. All attractions in their own right, they are best known as bass hot-spots to fishermen. The Kiamichi and Little Rivers are particularly known for float trips, tubing, fishing and a secluded atmosphere for those wanting to get away from it all. Deer, turkey, quail and squirrel hunters are sure to appreciate the Pushmataha Wildlife Area near Clayton.
A visit to Pushmataha County would not be complete without a visit to Tuskahoma, the first political capitol of the Choctaw Nation where everyone is invited to the annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival. You will see tribal dancing, Indian crafts, pow-wows and parades.
The county was named after Choctaw Chief Pushmataha (Push-ma-ta-ha) meaning "Sprout Completed." Born in 1764, Pushmataha was known in the Southwest as an outstanding individual and as a warrior. He knew very little of the parentage tradition stating he was left an orphan at an early age. Pushmataha was said to be one of nature's nobility, a man who would have adorned any society, a warrior of great distinction, wise in council and eloquent in an extraordinary degree.
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The Frisco Depot at Antlers is now under the management of the Pushmataha County Historical Society. The building had been unoccupied since 1958 and was in a sad state of disrepair until 1985 when the depot had been slowly and painstakingly restored to the state of dignity that it deserves.Antlers, OK Railroad History
Lake Ozzie Cobb is a 116 acre lake for fishing, boating, swimming, and primitive camping. A boat ramp and restrooms are available. Open year round It is located 13 miles east of Antlers on Highway 3, near Rattan. From the Hwy. 3 and 93 junction, go 1/2 mile east to the lake sign, 2Antlers, OK Recreation
Medicine Springs, about 20 miles northeast of Antlers near Cloudy Mountain, has a long and interesting history. The old military road from Fort Smith to Fort Towson crossed near the springs and from 1824 until about 1860, wagon trains and stage coaches stopped overnight at the springs.Antlers, OK Landmarks