Natural Falls State Park - West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma
Natural Falls in Oklahoma
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 1974 film Where the
Red Fern Grows. The landmark
was then called Dripping Springs.
NATURAL FALLS STATE PARK
West Siloam Springs, 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...
Natural Falls State Park is one of the most
beautiful scenic wonders in the state of
Located just a few miles west of the
Arkansas state line city of Siloam Spring, the
stunning 77 foot waterfall is the center piece
of an outstanding Oklahoma State Park. The
falls can be seen from overlooks, trails and
The natural setting and scenic beauty of the
waterfall is known to millions of movie lovers.
The popular 1974 film Where the Red Fern
Grows was filmed in part at Natural Falls
(then called Dripping Springs). The movie
tells the story of a young boy growing up in
rural Oklahoma during the hard times of the
Great Depression and is considered an
The geology and mountainous terrain of the
park often surprise visitors who expect
Oklahoma to be a place of open plains and
wide rolling prairies. The northeastern corner
of the state, however, is part of the famed
Ozarks region, known for its rugged scenery
and beautiful views.
The waterfall at Natural Falls is formed
where Dripping Springs Branch plunges over
a limestone cliff into a deep V-shaped ravine.
The rugged ravine was carved over
thousands of years by the flowing waters of
The bottom of the ravine is sanctuary of
peace and quiet, disturbed only by the sound
of the waterfall. Rare plants and animals
Local residents long knew the picturesque
waterfall in the park as Dripping Springs. 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. In the old
days, not all of them were as well-intentioned
as today's visitors!
During the Civil War, for example, this section
of the Ozarks was a hideout for guerrilla
bands that raided both military and civilian
targets. Outlaws continued to lurk in the area
during the years after the war and their violent
exploits gave foundation to such modern
movies as "True Grit" and "Hang 'Em High."
The day of these Old West gunfighters came
to an end when "Hanging Judge" Isaac C.
Parker and his Deputy U.S. Marshals from
were cleared out by "Hanging Judge" Isaac
C. Parker and the Deputy U.S. Marshals from
Fort Smith, Arkansas. The mounted police of
the Cherokee Nation worked alongside
Parker's deputies to bring law and order to
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 (and a steep walk back up!).
The park also offers 44 RV sites (seven with
full hook-ups), tent camping, hiking, picnic
areas and other amenities. Swimming is not
allowed in the waterfall, but there is a small
creekside swimming area nearby.
Natural Falls State Park is located just off US
412 about six miles west of Siloam Springs,
Arkansas. The park address is 19068 East
578 Road, Colcord, Oklahoma. Hours are
8:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. seven days each week.
There is a $4 per car admission fee.
Please click her for more information or to
book RV campsites.
Natural Falls in Summer
The volume of the waterfall varies
with the seasons, but the setting is
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Last Updated: June 29, 2014
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