Muskogee is river and rail crossroads town with a rich Native American history. It served as an early pioneer trading post and cattle drive stopover. Today, the city of 37,708 is an industrial, transportation, and agricultural center, antique shopping mecca, and the gateway to Oklahoma's eastern lake region.
Four lakes are within an hour of Muskogee: Fort Gibson Lake, Tenkiller Lake, Robert S. Kerr Lake, and Eufaula Lake. The lakes provide unlimited water sports activities, camping, and hiking. Fort Gibson, Robert S. Kerr and Eufaula lakes are popular fishing venues. Lake Tenkiller's clear water makes it a top destination for skiing and scuba diving. Three public golf courses in the Muskogee area provide additional outdoor recreation options.
Honor Heights Park hosts the city's annual Azalea Festival each April and holiday light display in December. It is also home to the US Union Agency for the Five Civilized Tribes and The Five Civilized Tribes Museum. The museum features the artwork and artifacts of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes.
Muskogee is located 50 miles southeast of Tulsa. It is accessible via Interstate Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 69, and the Muskogee Turnpike out of Tulsa. Lodging options are varied and include hotels and bed and breakfast. Camping, cabins, and additional lodging options are available near the areas lakes.