Nestled in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, Turner Falls is a 1500-acre
recreational area featuring a towering 77-foot waterfall and several natural
swimming areas. The park is a favorite weekend vacation spot for residents of
Oklahoma as well as nearby Texas.
There is no shortage of things
to do in the park, from hiking
through naturally-formed caves to going on nature walks. After a long day of
exploring visitors can relax in one of many Turner Falls cabins
The history of Turner Falls Oklahoma dates back to the late 1800s when a farmer named Mazeppa Thomas Turner discovered the waterfall. Ever since the waterfall was discovered, people have been visiting the park to swim at the base of the Turner Falls Waterfall and play on the natural rock slides at the Turner Falls Blue Hole swimming area. Most areas of the park are shallow enough for younger swimmers to enjoy, provided they are supervised.
Tourists and geology students enjoy exploring three natural caves and studying their impressive limestone and granite formations. Visitors can also do some hiking at the nearby Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The park has over 30 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails that are suitable for every ability level. The trails pass by several different ecosystems and interesting rock formations.
Turner Falls cabins are very well maintained and affordable. For a reasonable price, visitors can rent a medium-sized cabin that can sleep up to eight people. Most Turner Falls cabins come with a small kitchen and a separate dining area and a living room. Some cabins have fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.
Campgrounds are also a popular choice for lodging. Turner Falls Oklahoma has 500 camping sites that are available at a first come, first serve basis. Some campsites have grills and picnic tables, while others just provide enough space for a tent. There are restrooms located throughout the park. While camping at the park, visitors can enjoy four playgrounds and several hiking trails that lead to the Turner Falls waterfall and swimming area.
Turner Falls Oklahoma is only a two hour drive from Dallas
and a one-hour drive from Oklahoma
City, making it a convenient place for a last minute Oklahoma
vacation. There are a number of other interesting Oklahoma
attractions in the area, such as the Treasure Valley Casino and the Arbuckle
Museum, which contains a large collection of artifacts and pictures from the
area. If you're traveling with children, take them to the Goddard Children's
Museum where they can look at dinosaur fossils or go on a make believe fossil
dig. No matter how you decide to spend your vacation time, you can be sure that
the Turner Falls Oklahoma offers something for everyone.