The Dogwood Capital of Oklahoma, Idabel is a quiet community located in one of the most beautiful parts of the state—McCurtain County. Situated between the Red River bottoms and Ouachita mountain foothills, Idabel is the perfect choice for those who want to get back to nature but still live “in town.” Spend a day strolling down main street, or take in the breathtaking scenery at Beavers Bend State Resort Park, which is just a half hour drive away. Broken Bow Lake and the McCurtain County Wilderness Area are also nearby for boating, hiking, bird watching, and much more outdoor fun!
Idabel is close to both Texas and Arkansas, with Texarkana an hour to the east and Paris (Texas) an hour to the west. Dallas and Shreveport are also within easy reach, as both are approximately a two and a half hour drive. Idabel is the county seat and largest city in McCurtain County. Economically, the primary industries in the community are farming, ranching, and timber.
Idabel’s quaint neighborhoods offer beautiful homes like the one you’ve always dreamed of living in; only this time, it’s within your budget. Families will love the city’s great school system, medical facilities, new public library, and downtown amphitheater with bleachers and a covered pavilion. Unwind after school or work in one of the city’s three parks or two scenic walking trails. On the weekends, you don’t have to go far for a round of golf at the 18-hole Idabel Country Club, known as “the best kept secret in Oklahoma!” Or, try your luck at the Choctaw Casino—Idabel. Both of these venues regularly host events you wouldn’t expect to find in a small town. If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, head on over to the Museum of the Red River, where you’ll find the reconstructed skeleton of a dinosaur that was found in McCurtain County!