Looking to enjoy some natural beauty and get out into nature? My family and I love taking day trips out to see the waterfalls in Oklahoma because they bring a sense of calm and tranquility. To help you plan your own adventures, here are seven amazing Oklahoma waterfalls you should visit!
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The Best Oklahoma Waterfalls
In no particular order…
At 77 feet, Turner Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oklahoma. It is part of the Turner Falls Park in Davis, OK. It was named after a Scottish immigrant by the name of Mazeppa Thomas Turner who discovered the falls in 1878.
There’s a pool at the bottom of the falls, and this is a popular spot for families to go swimming during the summer.
The park itself covers 1,500 acres, and there are many things to see and do. In addition to the falls, there are also caves and nature trails. It even has a walk-in castle which can be fun for the kids.
Little Niagara can be found in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK. From here, you can see waters from the Travertine Creek falling into small, shallow ponds at the bottom.
The water in these ponds can be a little chilly, making them a great place to cool off during the summer. Be aware that this area can get a little crowded during that time of the year.
Along with the falls, you can also visit the Travertine Nature Center or take a walk on the Prairie Loop Trail. The trail is only half a mile long which makes it a good hike for kids.
The Beavers Bend Waterfall is part of the Mountain Fork River. Furthermore, the river itself can be found in the Beaver Bend Resort Park in McCurtain County.
The falls are beautiful, and you can occasionally see them cascading down boulders during certain times of the year. It’s a very popular spot for swimming, canoeing, and kayaking.
On top of that, the park is also one of the most popular summer getaways in Oklahoma. There are loads of activities to do here, including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, golf, and much more. There are also several lodging options such as cabins and RV sites.
Presbyterian Falls is another short waterfall that’s in the Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County. Like the Beavers Bend Waterfall, it is located near the Beaver Bend Resort Park.
This is possibly the most famous section of the Mountain Fork River Park. Many people enjoy kayaking and canoeing in this area. The scenery you’ll find here is absolutely breathtaking and is something you must see to believe.
Generally speaking, the spring and the fall are considered the best times to visit Presbyterian Falls. It’s less crowded during this time, and the scenery is especially beautiful. Renting a cabin here is an excellent way to spend the weekend.
Medicine Creek can be found in the resort town of Medicine Park in Southwest Oklahoma. This is a very unique-looking waterfall. It’s not very tall, but it’s very wide across.
There are also numerous bridges that go across the creek. All of these things make it a great place to take photos, and it’s a popular spot to go swimming as well.
Other nearby attractions include the Wichita Mountains and Lake Latownka. Meanwhile, the resort itself happens to be the first resort town in Oklahoma. It is a great place for camping, fishing, boating, and hiking.
Natural Falls is part of the Natural Falls State Park in Siloam Springs, OK. Although most people consider Turner Falls to be the tallest waterfall in OK, Natural Falls actually matches it in terms of height.
There is a nearby observation area where people can sit and watch the falls. There’s also a deck near the base. Both of these are good spots to sit and have a picnic with your family.
Moreover, the park was used for the 1974 film “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Along with more traditional camping options, it also has yurts available for rent. This makes for a very unique camping experience.
Blue Stem Falls
The Blue Stem Falls are made by the Bluestem Lake Spillway. You can find this waterfall hidden in the prairies of Northeast OK.
While many of the waterfalls on this list can get crowded in the summertime, Blue Stem Falls remains relatively unknown. That makes it a good place to go for a quiet getaway.
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Stephanie is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After living in Eastern Europe for four years, she has moved with her family back to Oklahoma to write about her favorite places growing up: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, & Route 66!