Tucked amidst the rugged Arbuckle Mountains lies a hidden gem of Oklahoma: the breathtaking 77-foot cascade of Turner Falls. As the state’s tallest waterfall, Turner Falls is a popular summertime destination for cooling off in its natural swimming holes.
The falls themselves were discovered in 1878 by Mazeppa Thomas Turner, a Scottish settler who married into the native Chickasaw tribe. Turner settled in the region and stumbled upon the impressive cascade, which later bore his namesake. Records show recreational use dating back to 1868 when the land still fell under the jurisdiction of the Chickasaw Nation.
Today, the falls are part of the sprawling 1,500-acre Turner Falls park, operated by the city of Davis. Visitors can explore trails, caves, and unique rock formations, swimming, and cliff jumping into the cool spring-fed pools. The grounds also contain a historic castle built in the 1930s as a summer retreat.
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