Turner Falls - Beautiful Popular Landmark Scenic Waterfall in Oklahoma
Turner Falls is a beautiful scenic 77 foot high waterfall along Honey Creek that is a popular landmark in south-central Oklahoma. Located in Turner Falls Park at the base of the Arbuckle Mountains Turner Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oklahoma.
Turner Falls is often said to be the largest and tallest waterfall in Oklahoma but that is debatable especially the tallest part. It certainly is the best known and most easily accessed waterfall in the Sooner State.
Turner Falls is named for local settler and farmer Mazeppa Thomas Turner who discovered the falls in 1878 shortly after moving to the area. In 1919 the city of Davis, Oklahoma became the owner of Turner Falls and opened it to the public by turning the area into Turner Falls Park.
Before dropping over its final plunge into a natural swimming pool the water at Turner Falls goes through a series of cascades above. Both the natural pool of water below the falls and the cascades above Turner Falls are open to the public for swimming and sliding and are very popular in the summer. Turner Falls is so popular a tourist attraction it can get a little crowded especially in the summer.
Turner Falls like Gorman Falls which is located a few hundred miles south in Texas is a travertine waterfall. Travertine is formed from calcium rich water as the calcium leaches out of the water as it goes over the falls and forms into ever growing limestone rocks. The travertine formation only adds to the beauty of the scene at landmark Turner Falls.
Also located in Turner Fall Park is a walk-in castle tourist attraction that was built in the 1930's called the Rock Castle or Dr. Collings' Rock Castle. Turner Falls is a very family friendly park that contains cabins, concession stands, picnic areas and tables, bath houses, camping and RV sites, novelty shops and of course beaches and swimming and wading areas around the falls.
Getting to Turner Falls and Turner Falls Park could not be any easier. The park and falls are located just west of Interstate 35 along Highway 77 about 100 miles south of Oklahoma City. From the north take Exit 51 for Turner Falls State Park off I-35 and from the South take Exit 47.
Turner Falls is a beautiful popular landmark scenic waterfall in Oklahoma.