RoadTripOK: Ep 19 – Ardmore & Davis OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK

RoadTripOK: Ep 19 – Ardmore & Davis OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK


– Today we’re at Lake Murray State Park. We’re going to go into
Davis, eat some barbecue and get some fried pies. Let’s go. (upbeat music) This is the Oklahoma Road Trip. From the Endangered
Ark Foundation in Hugo, the team heads east into Ardmore. Our first stop of the day is the beautiful Lake Murray State Park. – Well, the park was built in the ’30s as part of the New Deal
Era that allowed them to create a new Oklahoma State Park, so this was the first park. And there’s a lot of buildings on-site that you can still tell that. We have golfing, we
have, obviously, fishing and all types of water activities. We have a Nature Center
and a historic museum. – We have 32 lodge rooms
and 55 cabins here. We have the restaurant on-site open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – [Richard] This is a big facility. It’s a 25-mile wraparound. Well, the Nature Center
opened about three years ago. It’s a new facility,
and it’s got information on different types of
wildlife in the area, and things that you can
do to pass the time. We get a lot of visitors through there, and it’s a beautiful facility
that overlooks the water, much like this does. – We are here at the Heritage
Cabins, this is cabin 236. Outside, we have our outdoor fireplace. Inside, I’ll take you inside
to give you a wonderful view. – [Woman] Whoa! This is beautiful. Oh my gosh, it’s so cozy. – [Richard] Tucker Tower
is iconic all by itself, so people all over the
region know that facility because it looks like a
castle sitting on the water. – [Woman] Whew! – [Man] Woo! – [Woman] Oh my gosh! – That’s a pretty decent view, I’d say. Holy smokes! – Wow!
– Man! – [Woman] This place is
just filled with views. – [Man] That’s so awesome. – [Narrator] From Lake Murray State Park, the crew drives north toward Davis, just in time for lunch at our next stop, Smokin’ Joe’s. – If you go back a couple years, this place actually has
a lot of stories to tell. Back in 1942, it was the
very first RV camp motel in the state of Oklahoma. It was actually a really
gorgeous piece of property, and the restaurant is
original to the property. It is kind of a neat story
when you pull in here, because it does have a lot of
history for Southern Oklahoma. We have the restaurant,
we have a boutique, a kind of Western, eclectic,
Bohemian vibe thing going on over there. We try really hard to bring something family-oriented to our area and to this part of Oklahoma. So if you’re here, it can be a little bit of a destination. We’ve got the ability for you to come in and get a bite to eat. You can park your RV out
back if you’d like to. There’s a lot of really
awesome things to do in Southern Oklahoma. So, within 20 miles, you’ve got a weekend and possibly a week you can make out of it with your family. We sling a lot of barbecue. That’s what we do here. And speaking of food, it looks like – – Oh my god.
– It is that time. – [Waiter] We have our smoked baked potato and our white salad. Our three-meat combo with our
Polish sliced brisket, ribs. – [Bobbi Jo] Oh my god! – I’ll keep this one,
you keep ahold of that. – [Waiter] Three-meat with our chicken, bologna, pulled pork, corn, and okra. Y’all enjoy. – Man! I heard these ribs were the best ribs west of the Mississippi, so. I would agree. Oh my gosh, this is
fall-off-the-bone tender. Okay, here you go, ladies. – [Narrator] After devouring
some delicious barbecue at Smokin’ Joe’s, it’s
time to hit the road for some dessert. And that brings us to our
final stop of the day, Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. We just left Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch, and now we’re here at
Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. Let’s go get some pie! – [Woman] Is that a dinosaur? – Why’s he looking at that rooster? You know, pies are good enough. Tell me why fried pies? What makes a fried pie? – [Delyssa] The crust. The crusts on these are flaky, and you got the little bit of a salty mixed in with your sweet. – [Narrator] Tell me, how many
pies can you make in one day? – Our record is 4,300,
all different flavors. In the summer, especially on the weekends. – Yeah!
– That’s 3,000 plus a day. – Wow! – [Delyssa] So you’ll
start off with just your little balls of dough, you’ll roll it through your machine, you come out with your circle, they’ll lay them out and they’ll
put the filling in there, fold them over, crimp it, and then you fry it. It’s ready to go. – [Narrator] Tell me about the rooster on top of the building there. – The rooster used to hang out up front and meet the customers. And hang out on the porch. – So it all makes sense now. – Yeah, so we put a rooster up there and then he disappeared (laughs). – It’s been such a fun day. We went to an awesome state park, ate some awesome barbecue, and now, Lacy, what are we doing here? – We’re eating some fried pies! – Woo!
– So good. – See ya next episode. – (laughs) Nice bow, bro. – [Narrator] On today’s road trip, we learned some of the history, and devoured some of the
tasty food that makes the Ardmore and Davis area so unique. First, we made our way to
Lake Murray State Park, where Dana and Richard
told us all about the park and the variety of
activities offered to guests. For a full list of the park’s
activities and amenities, check out TravelOK.com. Next, we made our way to
Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch. Smokin’ Joe’s is often considered to be one of the best barbecue
restaurants in the state, and for good reason, everything they served us was delicious. We definitely recommend the rib combos and their Strawberries on a Cloud. Finally, we ended our
day with some dessert at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. The fried pies were delicious, and it was also a treat
seeing how they were made. Did you know that on an average weekend Arbuckle Fried Pies serve
around 3,000 pies a day? That’s a lot of pie! Tune in next week when we’ll
take you up to Pauls Valley. We’ll check out the Toy
and Action Figure Museum, Bob’s Pig Shop, and end the day at the Santa Fe Depot Museum. We’ll see ya then.

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