Natural Falls State Park in Oklahoma

Last weekend the weather was dreary and overcast. We were tempted to stay at home, but I’m glad we decided to venture out to explore a new state park. The trip was even more fun because my sister hiked with us.

dripping springs trail

Natural Falls State Park is located near the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas. The park is only an hour away from our home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The main attraction is a 77-foot waterfall which you can enjoy from observation platforms above and below the falls along the Dripping Springs Trail.

View from above waterfall
Waterfall view from below falls
Bridge crosses over the waterfall
Autumn color in the forest.
There is a small fishing area and a picnic table along the trail.
The girls love playing with ‘gross’ things. Photo credit – my amazing sister.

The one mile trail is rated as moderate on There are a couple steep sections. There is also a short, narrow section that was a little slick because of the weather, so we held onto the girls’ hands to make sure they wouldn’t slip.

Uphill section of the trail

5 things to know before you go

  1. There is a parking fee.
  2. You can rent a yurt if you want to spend the night.
  3. Amenities include a playground and a restroom.
  4. Here is a park map.
  5. You can learn more about the park at


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