Top of Natural Falls
The waterfall flows all year
round, although the amount of
water varies with the seasons.
Where the Red Fern Grows
Natural Falls State Park was
the setting for the popular
1974 film
Where the Red Fern
Grows
.
Natural Falls State Park - West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Natural Falls State Park, Oklahoma
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Natural Falls State Park, Oklahoma
Natural Falls State Park
The 77-foot waterfall at Natural Falls is one of the
most beautiful natural settings in Oklahoma.
Where the Red Fern Grows...
Located just a few miles west of the
Arkansas state line city of Siloam Springs,
Natural Falls State Park is one of the most
beautiful scenic wonders in the state of
Oklahoma.

If the setting looks familiar, there may be a
reason. Scenes from the popular 1974 film
Where the Red Fern Grows. The story of a
young boy growing up in Oklahoma during
the hard times of the Great Depression, the
movie is an American classic.

Local residents long knew the picturesque
waterfall in the park as "Dripping Springs,"
but the name was changed to Natural Falls
when the property became a state park.

Located in a historic region that was
established as the Cherokee Nation during
the 1830s when that tribe was forced west on
the Trail of Tears, the falls have attracted
visitors since at least the 1800s. During the
Civil War this section of the Ozarks was used
as a hideout by guerrilla bands and outlaws
continued to lurk in the area during the years
after the war until they were cleared out by
"Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker and the
Deputy U.S. Marshals operating out of
Fort
Smith.

The highlight of Natural Falls State Park, of
course, is the 77-foot waterfall that is one of
the largest and easiest to access in the
entire Oklahoma and Arkansas mountain
region. A paved trail leads to overlooks and a
viewing platform at the bottom of the falls.
The upper viewing platform is accessible to
visitors of all abilities, while the lower viewing
platform requires a steep walk to the bottom
of the ravine created by the falls.

The ravine created by the waterfall is
amazingly picturesque and is a haven for
rare plant and animal natural life.
Natural Falls State Park is located 6 miles
west of West Siloam Springs off U.S.
Highway 412.  In addition to the falls, the park
also offers camping, hiking, picnicking and
other activities.  There is a $4 per car
admission fee.

Please click here to visit the park's official
website for more information.
Natural Falls in Summer
This photo of the Oklahoma
landmark was taken during
the summer months.
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