lakes and streams. This includes crystal clear lakes, secluded meadows and piney woods that create a diverse array of geography and wildlife. There are limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation including several public lakes clear enough to enjoy scuba diving. Thousands of acres of public lands offer ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching, fishing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, camping several public and private golf courses.
Logging is the primary industry, followed by tourism. The region is sparsely populated and now growing. The cost of housing and construction is at the lowest level in the U.S and the cost of living and the property tax situation is very low compared to other recreational areas.
Residents are less than a 2 to 4 hour drive to six major metropolitan areas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ft. Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas. Texarkana is one hour away with major shopping, however shopping for necessities is readily available and close by. The benefits of this area are a recently discovered secret to most Oklahoma residents, and now is getting the recognition not only in Oklahoma but also from adjacent states and beyond.
Southern hospitality in Southeastern Oklahoma is becoming a popular choice for people looking to relocate. This surrounding area is becoming an increasing choice for people to have baby boomer second homes, vacation, and retreat for recreation activities along with good living.