Blogging Tulsa Real Estate: Scenic River Properties on Baron Fork Creek For Sale near Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Scenic River Properties on Baron Fork Creek For Sale near Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Scenic River Properties on Baron Fork Creek For Sale near Tahlequah, Oklahoma don't come on the market very frequently. 

It is hard to find access to the scenic rivers of Northeast Oklahoma, because the little roads leading down to the Illinois River or Baron Fork Creek have been shut off and barricaded.  You really have to know someone who owns land along the river in order to get permission to cross their land to get to the creeks and streams feeding to the Illinois River or it's tributary, Baron Fork Creek, also known as Barren Fork Creek.

Baron Fork Creek flows out of Arkansas through a little valley near the village of Baron, Oklahoma, hence it's name "Baron" Fork Creek.  However, the roadside sign along Oklahoma Highway 51 indicates that "Barren" Fork Creek is an Oklahoma Scenic River.  Go figure.  The creek is known by both spellings:  Baron or Barren.

Baron Fork Creek / also known as Barren Fork Creek, an Oklahoma scenic river flowing south through Cherokee County toward the Illinois River in December 2009 showing karst flint and limestone in the river bottom.  On the far creek bank can be seen a horizontal line which shows the bed of an old railway, of which the railroad tracks have been taken up, leaving a riding trail unbroken by fences or gates.  The Baron or Barren Fork Creek has trophy bass for fisherman and eagles soaring above it which thrills bird watchers.

To find a unique recreational property with frontage on the river is especially unusual. Scenic river properties on Baron Fork Creek with full access to the creek are very hard to find, but to find one for sale at a reasonable price is especially unusual.

There is currently a unique recreational property for sale with frontage on the river.  That property has approximately 32.64 acres with approximately 865 feet of frontage on Baron Fork Creek.

For the past twenty-five years or so the creek has flowed through an oxbow at the bottom of the bluff below the house, however a couple of years ago the creek changed it's main channel to a point further west, leaving the oxbow with less water. 

Since these pictures were taken in December 2009 the creek has begun to flow back through the oxbow to follow its traditional course.

To find other scenic river properties on Baron Fork Creek for sale near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, you could look for residential properties for sale with a creek in Briggs School District or if you are looking to build a camp or second home, you could search for unplatted building lots or vacant land on a creek in Cherokee County Oklahoma.


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Eagles soar above Baron Fork Creek at the point where the river flows through the "S" curves of the oxbow about a mile below the Highway 51 Bridge.  If you were to own one of the unique scenic river properties on Baron Fork Creek then you would be able to fish for trophy bass or just sit and sip your coffee while watching the bald eagles soar above Barren Fork Creek as it wends its way toward the Illinois River and the Arkansas River further downstream.Looking North at Baron Fork Creek or Barren Fork Creek -- to the right is the oxbow that has been the main channel of the creek for the past 25 years, and to the left is the little cut-off channel through which the river has been flowing for the past couple of years.  Lately, the creek has decided to flow more back through the oxbow.


The property that is currently for sale happens to have two homes, both built in 1996.  One home is a "stick-built" home with full brick veneer on the front and vinyl siding on the back.  The other home is a double-wide Oakwood mobile home.  There is a total garage capacity for four cars.  There is also a horse barn and several sheds and outbuildings.  The property is completely fenced and very very private.


The current owner raises walking horses and enjoys riding the horses across the creek and up to the old railway right-of-way that is on the west side of Baron Fork Creek.  The tracks have been taken up and so you can, with permission from landowners, ride your horses for miles along the railway right-of-way where there are no gates.


Thus, you can understand how wonderful and rare these scenic river properties on Baron Fork Creek for sale east of Tahlequah in Cherokee County, Oklahoma are truly unique recreational properties.


This is where equestrians and fisherman can truly co-exist on the banks of scenic rivers.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsDebbie Durkee • March 24 2010 09:15PM


Debbie, I hope you find a buyer for this property, it looks like a great one, and excellent use of your IDX too. You have made it easy for your future buyers to find this type of property.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 10 years ago

Thank you for the compliment, Joe.  It's nice to know someone is reading the blog.  I've been practicing writing hyper-local blogs, and let me tell you, it's a lot of work.  With more practice, I'll get better at it.

Posted by Debbie Durkee, ALC, CRS -- Land & Country Estates near Tulsa (RE/MAX T-town) over 10 years ago

Wonderful post! Beautiful pictures! Very nice property! Hopefully there's no water dispute!

Thanks for sharing!


Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Adam.  It really is a pretty place.

Posted by Debbie Durkee, ALC, CRS -- Land & Country Estates near Tulsa (RE/MAX T-town) about 10 years ago

Debbie, if this Baron Fork property is still for sale, I would appreciate an email from you. Thanks, Steve

Posted by Steve Kelley over 5 years ago