Glad you found our site. When you think about paragliding you don't generally think of a small town in Oklahoma. Talihina is a small village tucked neatly into the beautiful Kiamichi Valley – surrounded by mountains, lakes, streams and forests. Talihina has become a retirement, tourism and recreation hotspot in the Mid and Southwest. We are located at the base of Buffalo Mountain on 28 of the 40+-acre landing field about 6.4 miles west of Talihina on Route 63
Paragliding is a relatively new form of Hang Gliding. The wing is a steerable parachute launched by running down a hillside. Flight speed and direction are controlled by pulling or releasing tension on hand held control lines. The wings are lightweight gliders that are easily carried in backpacks. Paragliding is a very pure and seductive method of personal flight. Flight speeds are slow and turbulence represents specific limitations to safe operation of paragliders. Instruction is strictly limited to gentle wind conditions. Industry professionals agree that paragliders are the easiest aircraft to become airborne in yet require the greatest amount of judgment and skill to fly safely due to their being held inflated by the air that they fly through.
Buffalo Mountain Flight Park is built on the site of the most sought after free-flying destination in the Southwest. Buffalo Mountain has been a popular flight destination for 30 years because of the ranges smooth geography and high altitude allow for pleasant soaring in the most common SSW to SSE wind directions. The farming valley below and immense scale of the range help generate large, cohesive thermals. Nearby are additional sites for East, North, South and Southwest launching. More sites are currently being developed. All our sites are easily accessible by car with short turn-around drives.
Buffalo Mountain Flight Park boasts a country club setting complete with transportation to launch sites, carefully groomed slopes and landing fields with friendly Oklahoma staff to assist you. Whether you want to practice takeoffs and landings all day or launch into a thermal and fly cross-country Buffalo has what you're looking for. Swimming, rock climbing, boating, hiking and ATV trails are some of the activities that can make your family and visitors enjoy their days while you take lessons or fly your own glider.
The rich history of the Ouachita Mountains (pronounced Washitaw) provides many beautiful historical sites to visit. The extraordinary and unique geology provides many beautiful rock formations, rivers and trails for viewing and recreation in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. Two Scenic Byways traverse through the Ouachita Mountains, providing easy driving access to many vacation and adventure opportunities in National Forests and State Parks. The Talimena Scenic Byway falls gently like a ribbon over Winding Stair and Rich Mountains. Cresting the highest points between the Appalachians and the Rockies, this byway showcases nature's quiet solitude. One breathtaking panorama follows another as this National Forest Scenic Byway winds along forested mountaintops between Mena, Arkansas and Talihina, Oklahoma. One of our premier launches is located directly adjacent Panorama Vista.
IMPORTANT WAIVER NOTICE
Paragliding is an action sport involving motion through the air. Participation in this sport represents significant danger of injury or death even when practiced under ideal conditions. Okparagliding can not be held responsible for injuries or consequences of accidents while participating in any activities or during vehicular transport. Okparagliding offers or maintains no intent to supply insurance of any kind. Product liability insurance does not exist. Users assume all responsibility of liability and shall hold Okparagliding and Okparagliding PERSONNEL blameless for any injuries or expenses sustained while on the premises.