Talihina is a town in LeFlore County Southeast Oklahoma. Its name originates from two Choctaw words, tully and hena, meaning iron road. Iron road is reference to the railroad that the town was built around. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas–Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. Talihina’s elevation is 682’ and covers an area of 525 acres. Talihina is in the Choctaw Nation Reservation, the Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian nation in the United States, with over 200,000 tribal members. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma.
Talihina is the gateway to the beautiful Talimena National Scenic Byway. This 54-mile winding route is known for its stunning fall foliage and spectacular panoramas of the Ouachita Mountains. The Town’s government is a municipality with 5 elected board members.