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Turner Falls Park

I-35 & US HIGHWAY 77, Davis, Oklahoma 73030 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Thu 7a
  • Independent
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“hiking trails, cabins, and a breathtaking waterfall”

Turner Falls Park is named for Mazeppa Thomas Turner. Turner was born in Virginia and married a Chickasaw named Laura Johnson. He then became a farmer in Murray County and in 1878 he and is wife settled in a cabin along Honey Creek. Turner discovered the nearby waterfall, which earned his name. The recreational area came under the ownership of the city of Davis in 1919. Davis operated the park until 1950, and then leased it out until 1978, when they resumed management of the area. Davis purchased 370 acres for the park from the Turner family in 1925, paying a reported sum of $17,000.  The 1500-acre area around the falls has been compared to the Grand Canyon and the Black Hills, in that the terrain provides a geological view into the past.  The Park has received national publicity and serves as a classroom for naturalists as it includes three natural caves, formations of conglomerates, limestone, granite, shale and sandstone.  Turner Falls Park is nestled below the famous Arbuckle Mountains and forms Honey Creek, which then cascades down a seventy-seven (77) foot fall to a natural swimming pool making the majestic Turner Falls the largest waterfall in Oklahoma. The Arbuckle Mountains are the oldest known formations in the United States between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. The Park has been a recreational area since 1868 as it is accented with beautiful picnic areas, nature trails, caves, geological wonders, and two natural swimming pools very unique in nature.  The grounds also include a walk in castle that was built on the property in 1930.  The park is also home to lots of wildlife including, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and many other forms of wildlife that enjoy the lush area around Honey Creek. The City of Davis operates the park and everyone is welcome to enjoy the 1500 acres of fun in the "Heart of the Arbuckle’s". Not only is the 77ft waterfall and cold refreshing streams beautiful but we also have hiking trails, caves to explore, camp sites, cabin rentals, great food, and so much more to see in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains!  Wildlife are often spotted around the park and the winter the streams are stocked with trout offering some of the best trout fishing in the state! Turner Falls is the perfect getaway for the whole family!  Beautiful natural swimming areas, wading area, sandy beaches, bath houses, picnic sites, water slides, explore the caves and the Rock Castle, shop at our general store and other stores and don't forget to grab a yummy burger, snowball, some ice cream, or another delicious treat from our park concessions!

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Reviewed by
Damon Brinson

  • 9 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
July 24, 2014
Rated 3.0

This might be a great park, but admission -- just to enter -- is $12 per person (over 12 yrs old) and $6 for children 6 - 12 yrs old. That's fairly steep for many families traveling on a budget. We pulled up and then pulled away when we found that it would be $30 for our family just to enter. We were really hoping to see the waterfall, but couldn't do it for $30.

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Reviewed by
nickellead

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
January 17, 2017
Rated 3.0

A beautiful spot near I-35, but probably not worth the $12 p/p charge unless you're really parched. Back in the day, you were only charged to go swimming, and everything else was open to explore. I proposed to my wife at the overlook on a freezing cold February night 44 years ago, with a full moon illuminating both my darling and the quiet beauty of iced over falls.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Oliver

  • 68 Reviews
  • 26 Helpful
August 25, 2014
Rated 3.0

Great half-day to weekend trip location for any family. The water is cool and clean with plenty of space to swim and beautiful waterfalls. Not a lot of cave or hiking action, but you can bring camping gear and have a great time outdoors!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jennifer

  • 14 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
September 26, 2018

During the summer months, you might have better luck buying an entrance ticket online than at the gate. While on a road trip, we tried to stop here and found they were at capacity and would only allow ticket holders into the park. It looked beautiful though from the road.

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Reviewed by
sherrie.lidderdale

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 17, 2017
Rated 4.0

I've been here many times and it is unique to the area. It is worth it to pay the admission fee to experience the falls and walk around the "castle". The falls can be viewed from above on the road too so if you want to take a look you can do that. It makes a very picturesque place to take photos.

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Turner Falls Park

I-35 & US HIGHWAY 77
Davis, Oklahoma
73030 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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Other public land (TVA, DOD, county parks with campgrounds)
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537
Standard Tent Sites Count
500
  • Paved Sites
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
  • Laundry
  • Potable Water
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