Poteau, OK is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Fort Smith, AR, 130 miles southeast of Tulsa, and 198 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Poteau is a flourishing and lively city, offering a remarkable mix of history, culture and commerce for visitors and residents to appreciate. Poteau (POH-toh) is a French word meaning "Post" and is almost completely surrounded by mountains. Sugar Loaf Mountain Peak can be seen in the distance from east of the Poteau River. Winding Stair Mountain Range, the foothills of the Kiamichi's where Talimena Scenic Byway is located, can be seen on the southern horizon. Make sure to get a good view of the Ouachita National Forest from Cavanal Hill, named "the world's highest hill" and just one foot shy of a designation as a mountain. Don’t miss the annual Balloonfest and watch as a fleet of hot air balloons take to the sky. Stick around until after the sun goes down to see the sky light up with sensational balloon glows.