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#1 of 37 state parks in Oklahoma

Best trails in Natural Falls State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Natural Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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 and 27 tent sites are available along with a comfort station with showers. The Red Fern Reunion Center is available for group functions. Other amenities include a three-and-a-half mile hiking and nature trail, picnic shelter, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball court, catch and release fishing, playgrounds and a formal garden area. Pets are allowed on a leash only. 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.

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Map of trails in Natural Falls State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sunday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Contact
918-422-5802
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Dripping Springs Trail
Natural Falls State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
Dripping Springs Trail features the 77 ft. tall falls, the parks main attraction. There is also a spring along this trail, a small fishing lake, bluffs, and it follows a creek. Part of the trail is Show more
#2 - Fox Den Trail
Natural Falls State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 36 m
Fox Den Trail trail is a nice loop through a forested hillside down to a creek, a small lake with a pictureque dam, over another hill, following a creek before climbing back up the hill to the trailheShow more
#3 - Ghost Coon Trail
Natural Falls State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 33 m
Ghost Coon Trail takes you through prairie areas, along a bluff, past a small dam and lake and then joins up with the Dripping Springs Trail where you head up the steep and rocky trail. It branches ofShow more
#4 - Bear Trail
Natural Falls State Park
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Length: 0.1 mi • Est. 2 m
Bear Trail is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Colcord, Oklahoma that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, wShow more