Natural Falls – Oklahoma’s Hidden Wonder

The northeastern corner of Oklahoma is one of America’s most beautiful places. The plains begin to rise up into the foothills of the Ozarks as you move east and the lush green plant life covers every hill and valley and the springs and rivers become more plentiful as you continue east toward the Arkansas state line. About a mile off of Interstate 59 (also called 412) is Natural Falls State Park. The easy access to a major highway is so convenient and the $5 parking fee is reasonable. I recently visited this hidden gem with a friend and what a place it is. The hiking is great and the surroundings are beautiful. The trails are very easy to access from the parking areas and all trails are well maintained. Even a novice hiker will do fine on the trails provided they’re wearing shoes with good support and grip. A good pair of running shoes would be more than sufficient to hike the trails in Natural Falls State Park. The park is relatively small and is packed with streams, waterfalls and beautiful plant and animal life. See the list of trails below.

My photo journal of the sights and sounds of Natural Falls State Park.

Video of some of the main waterfalls along the trails

These are the 5 Trails at Natural Falls State Park

Bear Trail – 1/2 mile and takes about 30 min. to complete. Moderate to strenuous effort.

Dripping Springs Trail – 1/2 mile loop takes about 30 min. to complete. Easy effort.

Fox Den Trail – 1.5 mile loop takes about 1 hour to complete. Moderate to strenuous.

Ghost Coon Trail – 1.25 mile loop takes about 1 hour to complete. Moderate effort.

Pine Ridge Trail – 3/4 mile loop takes about 30 min. to complete. Easy effort.

 

The main waterfall

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Me on a log

Another view of the main falls

On the trail

Typical scene – beautiful

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Along the Fox Den Trail

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High above the main fall on the Dripping Spring Trail

Beauty is everywhere you look

Every trail is well maintained and relatively easy to walk and hike

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At the bottom of the Fox Den Trail

From the trail

Falls over the lake dam

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Another view of the main falls from the Dripping Spring Trail

There are some of the main highlights of Natural Falls State Park. At the entrance you will stop and pay the parking fee. The attendant will give you a map of the area which includes all trails, camping areas and parking lots.

Enjoy!

 

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