October 30, 2010 – Turner Falls – Davis, Oklahoma
I had heard of the awesomeness that is Turner Falls in Davis for years, but it wasn’t until the autumn that we decided to visit for it’s lovely fall foliage. Sonny, Amanda and I spent the day there hiking, exploring, and having an impromptu photo shoot. We had a blast. We probably should have gone about two weeks later in the year to get more of the prime fall foliage though. We found quite a bit, but the majority of the trees were still sporting lots of green.
We spent the whole afternoon there, and I don’t even think we touched the surface of what all there is to do. We barely even saw the namesake falls. So we definitely plan on visiting again in the future.
For more information about the park:
Turner Falls Park is the oldest park in Oklahoma and is named for Mazeppa Thomas Turner. Turner was born in Virginia and married a Chickasaw named Laura Johnson. He then became a farmer in Murray County and in 1878 he and is wife settled in a cabin along Honey Creek. Turner discovered the nearby waterfall, which earned his name. The recreational area came under the ownership of the city of Davis in 1919. Davis operated the park until 1950, and then leased it out until 1978, when they resumed management of the area. Davis purchased 370 acres for the park from the Turner family in 1925, paying a reported sum of $17,000.
The 1500-acre area around the falls has been compared to the Grand Canyon and the Black Hills, in that the terrain provides a geological view into the past. The Park has received national publicity and serves as a classroom for naturalists as it includes three natural caves, formations of conglomerates, limestone, granite, shale and sandstone.
Turner Falls Park is nestled below the famous Arbuckle Mountains and forms Honey Creek, which then cascades down a seventy-seven (77) foot fall to a natural swimming pool making the majestic Turner Falls the largest waterfall in Oklahoma. The Park has been a recreational area since 1868 as it is accented with beautiful picnic areas, nature trails, caves, geological wonders, and two natural swimming pools very unique in nature.
This guy here in the photo below? He is .really. really cute.
We actually did a lot more climbing and crawling and getting generally dirty, and we definitely weren’t wearing the right shoes or attire. But that didn’t stop us, of course!
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