Cool off in one of the most beautiful places Oklahoma has to offer. The star of Turner Falls is the falls themselves, a natural spectacle flowing over travertine into a phenomenal natural swimming hole. But in the Arbuckle mountains, you’ll find plenty more to do. Explore hiking trails to caves and springs flowing out of the earth. Walk the rolling hills or fly over them like an eagle on zipline tours. Take an Oklahoma hill country wildlife safari or just take it easy from a fishing boat on lakes known for active populations of bass, perch, catfish, and the like.
Many people start their pilgrimage to Turner Falls by flying or driving into Oklahoma City. From there, it’s less than a 90-minute drive to the communities in the Arbuckle Mountains that host the best outdoor activities in the area. It’s easiest to rent a car and make the drive, but a direct shuttle is available to Turner Falls. It’s also possible to take the Amtrak passenger train partway before hiring a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to take you the rest of the way. AllCabins recommends driving yourself for the most convenience and best options to see all the Turner Falls area has to offer.
Things to Do
Turner Falls Park: Take a dip at Oklahoma’s largest waterfall. At 77 feet tall, Turner Falls is a lovely fan-shaped waterfall in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains. Add a little more fun with hiking trails, spelunking, a Rock Castle, sandy beaches, stocked trout fishing in the winter, and waterslides. Admission required.
Zipline Tours: Zip nearly 1,500 feet over Oklahoma’s largest waterfall in a chair-style zipline that lets you buckle up for some amazing views and smile-inducing thrills. You’ll be flying like an eagle over one of the most scenic chasms in Oklahoma. Just don’t forget to breathe.
Arbuckle Wilderness Park: Take an hourlong driving safari in the Oklahoma hills through 200 acres of free-roaming wildlife from five continents. You’ll see — and get to feed — bison, zebras, giraffes, deer, ostriches, and more. You’ll also have a chance to walk through a zoo area with more feeding opportunities.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area: Where prairies meet Eastern deciduous forests, discover a water-fed paradise of springs, streams, waterfalls, swimming holes, and lakes primed for fishing and water skiing. Be sure to take a dip at Little Niagara Falls for a scenic swim in the forest.
Chickasaw Cultural Center: Explore a beautiful, well-regarded 109-acre campus filled with museums and interactive exhibits about the native American Chickasaw tribe. Includes a life-sized village replica demonstrating how the Chickasaw lived and live performances, reenactments, and demonstrations to bring it all home. One of the largest tribal cultural centers in the U.S.
Lake of the Arbuckles: While a prime place to catch the Oklahoma sunsets, Lake of the Arbuckles is best known for its fishing. Come with pole in hand for shore fishing or dock fishing, or bring your fishing boat to troll the lake for catfish, bass, perch, and crappie along 36 miles of shoreline also great for trotline fishing many states outlaw.
Arbuckle Mountains: Hike, swim, and even go caving in an ancient mountain range sprinkled with caves and refreshing springs. The Arbuckles are known for their forested rolling landscape, scenic lakes, bass and catfish fishing, and carved canyons as deep as 350 feet.