THE CHEROKEE NATION
The Cherokee Nation is a 14-county tribal jurisdiction area that covers most of northeastern Oklahoma. Covering 7,000 square miles and five ecoregions, you’re sure to find the perfect place to film your project.
OUR FIVE ECOREGIONS
A diverse eco-culture exists across our vast 14 counties. Tallgrass prairie lands, lakes, streams and waterfalls, rolling hills, historic landmarks, modern urban development and small-town Americana provide the perfect places to tell your story… all right here in the Cherokee Nation.
The Crosstimbers ecoregion covers the westernmost section of the Cherokee Nation. The mixture of tallgrasses, farmland, woodlands and rangelands offer diverse landscapes and backdrops for filming in the area. A portion of the city of Tulsa lies within the crosstimbers ecoregion, including the Oxley Nature Center. Eufaula State Park in Checotah is an example of a beautiful outdoor location in the crosstimbers ecoregion of the Cherokee Nation.
The Tallgrass prairie ecoregion is located in the northern central part of the Cherokee Nation, featuring a blend of open prairies and vistas, and oak savannas and deciduous forests. Ten of the 14 Cherokee Nation counties are included in this ecoregion. Oologah Lake in Nowata County provides forested hills and sky blue waters, with several ideal locations for outdoor activity scenes along the lake. The city of Bartlesville is partially located in this ecoregion.
Caves & Prairie
On the southeastern edge of the Cherokee Nation, you’ll find the caves and prairies ecoregion of the Arkansas Valley, with a vivid landscape of lush grasslands and forests. The city of Stilwell, the strawberry capital of the world, and Sequoyah State Park, a 2,200-acre area that lies on the eastern shore of Fort Gibson Lake in Cherokee County, are located within this ecoregion. This park features a golf course, hiking areas and disc golf, which is perfect for scenic lake getaway scenes.
The Ozark Highlands are a heavily forested ecoregion located on the northeastern side of the Cherokee Nation. This area features the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with several springs, streams and waterways. The Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees is located in this ecoregion, showcasing 10 state parks around the lake, along with cities such as Grove and Disney, offering many film locations to choose from. The Illinois River is another popular destination with a scenic water route, including gentle rapids and camping areas.
The Ozark Forest ecoregion is heavily forested terrain located in the southeastern corner of the Cherokee Nation and is home to the capital of the Cherokee Nation. The renowned Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah and Sequoyah’s Cabin in Sallisaw are popular Cherokee cultural sites to visit in the region, along with several historical sites. Lake Tenkiller has around 13,000 acres of water and 130 miles of shoreline and rocky cliffs that are ready for exploration and location scouting.