Hiding away just an hour east of Tulsa, Natural Falls State Park gets its name due to the unique water feature found inside the park’s Dripping Springs. Soaring 77 feet above the flat lands of the nearby Oklahoma/Arkansas border, one of the largest waterfalls in the region cascades down into the depths of the grassland valley below. Thanks to a railed viewing platform that overlooks the waterfall, visitors from all over come to enjoy the serene atmosphere and picturesque splendor created by this natural wonder.
Natural Falls State Park is most famously known for its cameo in the 1974 movie “Where the Red Fern Grows” which was filmed here. While you may not be interested in raising coonhounds, you might be pleased to find that dogs are allowed here so long as they’re on leash and cleaned up after. Additionally, the park offers a 44 RV sites, with 7 of them offering hookups. Furthermore, 17 tent sites are available for reservation if you aren’t one to travel via RV or Van. Nightly pricing ranges from $14 for a standard tent site, to $30 for a premium RV site with hookups.
Those looking for a more convenient camping solution will enjoy the variety of Yurts available for reservation here. Each Yurt can house between 4-6 people, and will more than appeal to even the pickiest of travelers thanks to the well-equipped furnishings found within. Each comes with a fridge, microwave, lighting, electric outlets, Vinyl covered mattresses, heating, and more. Not only that, but bathrooms and showers are just a short walk away. And don’t worry about your four-legged friends; with an additional fee they’ll be able to cozy up with your family inside. Nightly rates for Yurt reservations start at $100, with an additional $15 fee for pets. If you don’t have your own bedding available, the park will lend a complete set for $25.
When it comes to recreation, there’s tons to do! Hiking and fishing are very accessible here, with marked trails and designated fishing areas throughout. Furthermore, if you bring a pair of binoculars the park is full places perfect for checking out the local wildlife. Additionally, the park is jammed pack with local flora and fauna, such as Dogwood and Sassafrass. Moreover, onsite volleyball, disc-golf, horseshoes, a basketball court, and other recreation are found throughout the park.
People may visit here due to the fame, but they stay for the beauty within. Natural Falls State Park is a treasure of Oklahoma, and is worth checking out for anyone who needs a break away from the stress of everyday life.
A wonderful campground with water and electric. Time your departure or you might have to wait in line for the dump station… Not the worst thing, but keep it in mind. The hike to the falls is pretty easy and well worth it.
The campground is quite small and the sites are all clustered together in one big open area. There is no privacy between campsites. The trails are nice and the falls are beautiful but there's no real place to get lost in nature. It is clean and a good family friendly place for a short trip.
The hike down to the falls is super short, but definitely worth seeing. They have frisbee golf and decent restrooms. Very green and beautiful
We frequently take 412 from Tulsa to the Arkansas Ozarks and have always wondered what lies behind the gates of Natural Falls State Park. If you have to pay $5 a car it must be magnificent and grand, I thought every time I passed the turn off sign .5 mile from the city street that leads to the entrance. Well, it is a place you can stop at if you are late in the day and need a spot to camp without much fan fair or activities. The $5 day price is not worth it if you just want to hike and see the park as it is quite small and you can complete every trail in just a few hours if you tried. The falls itself is pretty nice for the area and would provide a pleasant respite from the road. As far as the campground goes, it is just as small as the park itself. It abuts a barb wire fence designating the difference between private property and the park and has some in vogue features such as yurts but the small size and the layout make it one I will not go back to. With 2 dogs who like to bark and a desire to go on longer hikes and activities, there just isn't much here for me. As far as the sites, the layouts were nice with a table and fire ring and adequate space but overall pretty forgetful.
This State Park is best known for the filming of the movie Where the Red Fern Grows and it's understandable why. The falls and the trails/nature walks are beautiful. Very easy hiking/walking with a nice reward on views of the falls and river/stream.
Now the camping. There is an RV area and a Tent only area. When we arrived (Oct) the RV area was pretty filled up and we prefer less neighbors, plus we were tent camping. So off to the Tent camping area. The sites were nice and level but no real break up/divide between sites. Luckily there was only 2 other Tent campers when we showed up so we chose the opposite side of the area. There were fire rings, grills and cement picnic tables.
There are full facilities and the camp host does a great job keeping them maintained and also checking in on all the campers/RV'rs.
A gem of a state park in Oklahoma, it is a very popular destination. There is a day use charge of $5, which is included in the campground cost. First, the campground: There is separate tent and RV camping, but I think the RV portion is nicer. The tent area, “Airy Tent Area”, is in a small grassy section of the park, with few sites having enough trees to hang a hammock. If that is your thing, try to get a site on the outside edge that backs up against the woods. While there were picnic tables and grills, there didn’t really seem to be specific sites for tents, and there was no privacy. The playground and shower house are directly next to the tent area, which compounds the lack of privacy. However, you could choose to get a larger RV/Camper site in the woods. If you do that, try and get on the Bluff View loop. It was a pretty quiet campground at night, but I understand that it can be loud on nights that the cars are running on the nearby speedway across the road. There are Yurts available for rent in the back of the park behind the falls if that is your thing (not sure how much they cost a night; might be fun for a night if they aren’t too expensive). The park: a beautiful park for hiking and hanging out. There are a few nice trails for hiking, though none are very long or difficulty. You can hike out and around the falls as well as along the creek at the bottom of the falls. There are some beautiful bridges over the creek/river as well. It’s understandable why this park was the location for the movie “Where The Red Fern Grows”. There is also a pretty little botanical garden and nice lawns for picnicking.
Natural Falls is a great little 'destination' outdoor park. There are places to camp, but like other reviewers have noted, the park has a lot of foot traffic, and offers more for families than for someone seeking solitude.
We however did have fun 'hiking' the short trail to the falls, which were very pretty. Throughout the hike there are plenty of places for photographs and excellent views.
The park has plenty of benches, picnic tables, a playground and even a fun disc golf course. The course cuts through the center of the park, so you must be careful of pedestrians. Also, the layout is a little difficult to figure out, but not impossible. One notable hole is from the top of a 200' hill downward to a swinging basket. All and all, a fun place for families, groups, and those looking for a place that offers outdoor entertainment for lots of different interests.
Not a big park but nice facilities and friendly staff. Beautiful views of the falls from the trails.
Campsites were large, surrounded by trees, nice grills & fire rings, good showers & flush toilets, relatively cool with the breeze (in early July). Full but not overly noisy. Includes a small general store and very friendly rangers. Walk to everything from your tent. Trails are pretty and easy, but will only take a typical hiker 2-4 hours to see everything. I wouldn’t plan to spend more than a full day here (one night), but it’s nice for what it is. You can hear the road from some spots (and another couple said there’s a racetrack nearby that you can also hear). Like most falls, the amount of water depends on rain so if you’re really set on a serious waterfall call ahead and speak with the rangers (we heard a few people complaining that the falls weren’t as good as previous years, but we thought it was great).
It cost $5 to enter the park, with a few sites. Most of the sites were set up as RV type sites and not much for tent campers. The trails can be done in a day and are crowded. If you are looking for solitude this park is not for you.