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Turner Falls Park

I-35 and Highway 77
580-369-2988

History:

Turner Falls Park is the oldest park in Oklahoma and 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 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 City of Davis operates the park and everyone is welcome to enjoy the 1500 acres of fun in the "Heart of the Arbuckle's".



Reviews

A Google User

Rating:
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Went here when we were younger and I liked that version much better. The park has lost a lot if its natural beauty but its still really nice. The admission price is too expensive. I would recommend viewing the park from the scenic overlook for free because the waterfall is the prettiest part and then go to Chickasaw Nature Area or Lake Murray both are free and much nicer.

A Google User

Rating:
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
packed and hardly a place to sit/settle. Everything is on cliffs and rocks so blankets or beach chairs are a no go. Fun slide and diving board into water hole, but really only a fun place for families with older kids that can climb over the VERY slippery rocks. Must have good water shoes. I fell with my 10 month old in my arms. I would not at all recommend this if you have younger kids. My 2.5 year old had trouble as well. My 4 year old, did fine. Overall, to us it was not worth the entrance fee and not that special of a place.

A Google User

Rating:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Beautiful location. Only water in Oklahoma it feels like. Great place to just get away and relax. Parking is good. Cost is a little high but worth it for the experience. Bring water shoes and accessories as the on-site prices can be expensive. Food is available and there is an ice cream store for the really hot days. You really can slide down the rocks without any issues and the bonus of the castle remains is pretty neat to visit but be prepared for a workout as there are a lot of steps. Great place for someone who is counting their physical activity through an activity watch or app.

A Google User

Rating:
Monday, July 23, 2018
My first time out of Texas this year, it was awesome and beautiful! The staff were very good and amiable. The site clean and nice. We went on a Tuesday so it was perfect. Not too many people but not empty. Great day to spend the day with the family.

A Google User

Rating:
Monday, July 30, 2018
Very beautiful place. Remember going there as a kid 70s-80s and was much much cleaner and clearer waters. It’s still an amazing time, even better when you take your children. Hiking trails, the small caves, waterfalls and swimming area still great Cons: is the price. $14 a person for a day pass, no showers at the main entrance. Trash everywhere and broken glass up by the hiking trails behind the waterfall. It seems it gets trashed more every year and overpacked with careless visitors who seem to throw their trash about the park. This park really needs to cleaned up, me, wife and kids picked up a lot trash while walking around. Shame.

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