Natural Falls State Park
Located near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border in the scenic Ozark Highlands region of northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls State Park features a 77-foot waterfall cascading through rock formations and creating a hidden, serene atmosphere at the bottom of a narrow V-shaped valley. A railed observation platform allows hikers to overlook the falls and another observation deck with seating is located at the foot of the falls offering two vantage points to enjoy one of the most scenic wonders in the state. The beautiful scenery looks familiar to many visitors because scenes from the 1974 movie, "Where the Red Fern Grows" were filmed in the park.
Picnic tables and grills can be found throughout Natural Falls State Park. Campsites including 44 RV sites, including seven full hookup sites and 17 tent sites are available along with a comfort station with showers. The Red Fern Reunion Center is available for group functions. Other amenities include four and 1/2 miles of hiking and nature trails, picnic shelter, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball court, catch and release fishing, playgrounds, a nine-hole disc golf course and a formal garden area. Pets are allowed on a leash only. Although swimming is not allowed in the park, there are several public swimming areas available with in a short distance of the park.
Natural Falls State Park affords an opportunity to observe a variety of plant and animal life. The dense forest includes maples, chinquapin and white oaks, while plants such as flowering dogwood, sassafras, coral berry, spicebush, redbed, and pawpaw blanket the cool forest floor. The waterfall creates a moist environment where ferns, mosses and liverworts thrive.
I was really surprised to find this waterfall! There is a day use fee but the hike to the waterfall was fairly short. We made the walk with our young children. I was stealing myself for a little trickle but it was more substantial than that. It was pretty and the water very clear. Definitely worth a stop!
Nice little day trip from Tulsa with the kids. I did not find the trails hard to follow as others have said. They all have gravel and are well defined. They said we could take a stroller on the main trail to the falls but I wouldn’t recommend it as there are 47 uneven steps. The view of the falls is nice.
This is a beautiful capture Park the great place to spend a few hours in nature. The hiking is mostly easy and pets are allowed on leashes.
Loved it. Clean campground and very nice people. The Falls are beautiful!
Several varied paths. Nice camping areas. Can walk all the hiking areas in one day easily. The trails could be better marked.