Family Weekender: Dallas

Turner Falls Park
By Gary Lantz
Go Guide: Turner Falls Park
Getting there : Take Interstate 35 north to Davis, Oklahoma then follow Hwy 77 south several miles to the Turner Falls turnoff.
Reference : Maps and brochures available from Turner Falls Park, (580) 369-2917.
Added value : Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur, Oklahoma. Medicinal springs, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, interpretive programs. For more information, visit
Contact : Turner Falls Park, (580) 369-2917, or send an E-mail to

Turner Falls remains one of those places that Dallas families return to year after year. It's an easy drive — almost all on interstate highways — and campsites and cabins are available, along with motels in nearby Davis.

The Arbuckle Mountains flow like a fountain with cool, spring-fed streams. Kids love to wade in the Travertine pools or explore the park's three caves. Older kids can swim in the deeper hole below Turner Falls — at 77 feet, it is the region's largest.

With its tall limestone bluffs that shade the summer sun, folks come here just to take it easy. The most taxing chore of the weekend is keeping an eye on waterlogged youngsters.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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