Natural Falls State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oklahoma

In the Ozark Highlands of northeast Oklahoma, near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border, you’ll find Natural Falls State Park. This 120-acre park features an impressive 77-foot waterfall that cascades through rock formations into crystal-clear pools. The park is named after these falls — known as Dripping Springs Falls to locals but officially called Natural Falls to distinguish it from nearby Dripping Springs State Park. Before opening to the public in 1997, the park was privately operated as a tourist attraction until the Gadient family decided to donate the lands to the state of Oklahoma for preservation.

Over 100,000 visitors come to Natural Falls State Park each year to behold these stunning falls, which are one of the tallest in the state. Miles of nature trails wind through the park, offering visitors the chance to hike and bike through forested bluffs, upland prairies, and hilly terrain. Visitors can also stroll through rows of flowers in the park’s gardens, play disc golf and volleyball, or go fishing for trout and bass. If the park’s beautiful scenery looks familiar, it might be because the 1974 movie “Where the Red Fern Grow” was filmed there!

Surrounded by the Ozark Highlands, Natural Falls State Park is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature in a peaceful setting. If you’re ready to plan your next getaway here, then read further to learn more about Natural Falls State Park and what to do when you’re here.

National Park Sample Image
Weather
Spring 48-71 F
Summer 67-89 F
Fall 50-71 F
Winter 29-50 F
National Park Sample Image
Trip Planner
Use our FREE RV trip planner to begin customizing the perfect RV trip. Continue
National Park Sample Image

RV Resorts & Campsites in Natural Falls State Park

If you want to truly experience the natural beauty of Natural Falls State Park but don’t want to ‘rough it’ in a tent or yurt, then consider staying in an RV. Whether you’re traveling solo or with family, RVing is a great way to enjoy the park without giving up amenities like A/C and comfortable sleeping quarters. 

Plus, RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV near your home or travel destination. Close to Natural Falls State Park, you can rent RVs in Siloam Springs or Tulsa and stay in nearby campgrounds including:

Natural Falls State Park Campground

Surrounded by forests of maple and white oak trees, the park’s campgrounds have over 60 campsites, including 44 RV sites with full and partial hookups. Trek to the beautiful Natural Falls, stroll through the gardens, or take a moment to relax in nature — all within minutes of your campsite. Rates are $22-25 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, playground, sports courts, picnic tables, gardens, hiking, biking, fishing, disc golf, camp store, dumping station

Lake Shore RV and Recreation Park

West of Natural Falls State Park, this campground offers RV and tent camping sites along Lake Hudson. In addition to spacious sites, partial hookups, and clean restrooms, you can easily access Lake Hudson for some fun on the water! Raters are $45 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, picnic tables, boat ramp, fishing, boating, swimming, boat rentals, dumping station

RV Rentals Near Natural Falls State Park

Nearby RV Rentals

Restaurants

What to Do at
Natural Falls State Park

Inside Natural Falls State Park

At 77-feet high, Natural Falls are the crown jewel of this park, attracting many visitors who want to walk to the waterfall and photograph its cascading waters. However, outdoor adventure at Natural Falls State Park doesn’t stop there! Visitors can also enjoy peaceful hikes through leafy green forests, stroll through the gardens to see local flora in bloom, go fishing in the small pond, or play volleyball and disc golf.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking and Biking - The park has 4.5 miles of trails that wind through the park, each varying in difficulty and length. The most popular trail is Dripping Springs Trail, a half-mile loop that leads to observation decks for picturesque views of the waterfall. 

Fishing - Head over to the park’s 3.5-acre lake for an afternoon of fishing in crystal-clear waters. While there are plenty of trout, bass, and other fish to catch, the area is catch and release only, so you’ll have to throw back anything you reel in.

Nature Watching - If you’re lucky, you might spot different elk, white-tailed deer, foxes, and other wildlife that make their home in the park. There’s also many types of plants throughout the area, including ferns, mosses, white oaks, and flowering dogwoods. Stroll through the gardens or hit the trails to observe these plants in person.

Outside Natural Falls State Park

Natural Falls State Park is located near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border — and between the two states there’s plentiful restaurants, historical sites, and other points of interest to check out during your trip. Stay close to the park by exploring the quaint towns of Colcord and Kansas or cross the Arkansas border to visit the bustling cities of Siloam Springs and Fayetteville. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is located in northeastern Oklahoma and maintains strong ties to the region, especially through heritage sites, cultural centers, and local businesses.

Restaurants

Harvest House Restaurant

This family-owned eatery serves classic American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at prices that are hard to beat. Customers rave about the catfish sandwich, chicken fried steak, and biscuits and gravy, as well as daily specials like $1 hamburgers.

Type: American

Location: Kansas, OK

ziggywurst

Stop by this cozy restaurant for a taste of German-inspired cuisine. They serve excellent pork schnitzel and reuben sandwiches, as well as a variety of wursts with sides of sauerkraut and potato salad. Complete your meal with a pint (or stein) of German beer!

Type: German

Location: Siloam Springs, AR

28 Springs Restaurant

This upscale restaurant is known for its eclectic menu and well-stocked bar. Try dishes like avocado tacos, rotisserie chicken, or seared salmon with grilled okra for an unforgettable meal. Top it off with yummy seasonal desserts like lattice peach pie.

Type: New American

Location: Siloam Springs, AR

Cathy’s Corner

If you’re hungry for breakfast or lunch, then head to this local hotspot for hearty homestyle cooking in a cozy atmosphere. Order fruit-topped pancakes, flaky biscuits with eggs any style, or tender chicken fried steak for a meal that is both filling and delicious.

Type: American

Location: Siloam Springs, AR

Sightseeing

Flint Creek Water Park

This park is the perfect spot to cool off from the summer heat, go for a refreshing swim, or splash around the waters of Flint Creek. Plus, it’s only five minutes down the road from Natural Falls State Park! Costs are $6 per car, plus $2 per adult and $1 per child.

Location: Colcord, OK

Cherokee Heritage Center

This museum preserves the history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. Tour the Ancient Village to see a replica of a Cherokee Township circa 1750, watch demonstrations of traditional crafts and hunting techniques, and visit the moving exhibit about the Trail of Tears. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children.

Location: Park Hill, OK

Old Spanish Treasure Cave

This cave holds the key to unlocking one of the Ozarks’ biggest mysteries: where did the Spanish conquistadors hide their gold? Take a tour through the cave’s twists and turns to learn why many believe the treasure is still hidden down there. Tours are $15.50 for adults, $7.50 for children.

Location: Sulphur Springs, AR

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

This Civil War battlefield commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove in December 1862. Take a tour of the battlefield, see artifacts at the Hindman Hall Museum, or check out battle reenactments and other weekend events.

Location: Prairie Grove, AR

National Park Sample Image

How to Get to
Natural Falls State Park

Natural Falls State Park is 6 miles west of West Siloam Springs on US-412.

From West Siloam Springs, take US-412 for 6 miles, then turn left onto N4680 Road. Turn left after a quarter mile. The park’s entrance will be on the right.

Address: S Highway 412 West, Colcord, OK 74338

Entering Natural Falls State Park

Admission is $5 per vehicle. The park is open everyday from 8:30am until 7pm Monday to Thursday and until 8pm Friday to Sunday.

Relax in the beautiful Ozark Highlands by visiting Natural Falls State Park! We’d love to share your adventures on our blog or social media, so tag us on social media or send photos to [email protected]. Happy (RV) camping!