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Natural Falls State Park
Highway 412 West
West Siloam Springs, OK 74338
Phone: (918) 422-5802
Directions: From West Siloam Springs: Travel 6 miles West on US Hwy 412, then turn left/south onto N4680 Road (there will be a sign on the hwy). After .2 miles, take the first left. The park is just down on the right.
About Natural Falls
In the scenic Ozarks hills of eastern Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border, a beautiful waterfall is tucked away in a picturesque setting. The area surrounding the waterfall, known as Natural Falls State Park, is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Oklahoma. Known locally as Dripping Springs, the 77-foot tall waterfall and some areas of the park may look familiar, as it was the backdrop to scenes from the 1974 movie "Where the Red Fern Grows." As you visit the park and walk the trails, you will definitely see why they chose this location.
Features of the park include the waterfall, of course, plus hiking trails, RV and tent camping sites, comfort stations with restrooms and showers, a picnic shelter, picnic tables and grills, a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, a catch-and-release fishing area, and a formal garden area. The park also features the Red Fern Reunion Center, a meeting space that is available for family or group functions.
The moist environment around the waterfall creates an area where ferns, mosses and liverworts thrive. The park also offers plenty of other opportunities to view many other plants and wildlife. Some of the plants found within the park include maples, chinquapin and white oak trees, plus flowering dogwoods, sassfras, spicebush, redbud and pawpaws. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, hawks, and plenty of birds.
The park has plenty of history, too. Along the lower portion of the Dripping Springs Trail, look for remains of lamp posts that were installed in the 1920's. When the park was in private hands, the owners had lights installed from the stone archway to the falls, giving visitors a chance to see the falls at night. The dam and pump at the back end of the fishing lake were also installed in the 1920's, to help keep the falls from running dry.
NOTE: There is a small fee to enter this state park for day use
Features & Facilities
Visitor Center | Observation Platforms | Meeting/Conference Room | Pavilion | Picnic Area/Tables | Playground | Basketball Court | Volleyball Court | Campground | Restrooms | Showers | Dump Station | Waterfall
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