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Natural Falls Waterfall – Oklahoma

Natural Falls State Park in Northeastern Oklahoma, known by locals as Dripping Springs Falls, is home to the beautiful 77 foot waterfall, which is one of the tallest and most accessible in the region.   This was also the location for the filming of  Where the Red Fern Grows. The story of a young boy growing up in Oklahoma during the hard times of the Great Depression, the movie is an American classic.

Natural Falls State Park in Northeastern Oklahoma, known by locals as Dripping Springs Falls, is home to the beautiful 77 foot waterfall, which is one of the tallest and most accessible in the region. This was also the location for the filming of Where the Red Fern Grows. The story of a young boy growing up in Oklahoma during .the hard times of the Great Depression, the movie is an American classic. (Greg Disch)

What to Photograph:

The primary subject here is of course the 77′ waterfall, which can be photographed from the top and the bottom.  The bottom of the falls is a hidden and serene spot, some say is one of the most bueatiful in Oklahoma.

Natural Falls State Park affords an opportunity to observe a variety of plant and animal life. The dense forest includes maples, chinquapin and white oaks, while plants such as flowering dogwood, sassafras, coral berry, spicebush, redbed, and pawpaw blanket the cool forest floor. The waterfall creates a moist environment where ferns, mosses, and liverworts thrive.

Best Time for Photographers:

Spring is to the time of the year to photography waterfalls in this part of the country, due to the spring rains and a greater flow of water.  Fall is another great time to capture the colors of the season.  The park is open year round from 8:30 pm till 5:00 pm seven days a week.  Hours are subject to change with the season and current daylight hours. Campers are allowed in the park 24 hours a day.

Photos:

Below is a self running slide show of images.  If you mouse over the images you will have forward and back arrows, and the photo caption will appear at the top.  At the bottom are additional controls and the filmstrip to go directly to an image.  The four arrow icon in the bottom right corner will run the show full screen, ESC key will return.  By clicking on an image you will be taken to the image in the stock photo gallery where you may order prints or license the photo.

Where it is:

North Eastern Oklahoma close to the Arkansas border 6 miles west of West Siloam Springs AR on Hwy 412 and 1/8 mile south of Hwy 412.

Maps:

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Cost:

$4.00 per car addmission fee (does not include camping).

Links:

Natural Falls State Park

Where the Red Fern Grows

Location Contact Information:

Hwy 412 W
West Siloam Springs OK 74338
Phone:  918-422-5802
Fax: 918-422-0026

Email: naturalfalls@oklahomaparks.com

Nearest City or Town:

Silaom Springs AR

Facilities:

Picnic tables and grills can be found throughout the park. Campsites including 44 RV sites and 27 tent sites, and a comfort station with showers are also on site. The Red Fern Reunion Center is available for group functions. Other amenities include a three and a half mile hiking and nature trail, picnic shelter, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball court, catch and release fishing, playgrounds, and formal garden area. Pets are allowed on a leash only.(insert photo here)

Natural Falls State Park in Northeastern Oklahoma, known by locals as Dripping Springs Falls, is home to the beautiful 77 foot waterfall, which is one of the tallest and most accessible in the region. This was also the location for the filming of Where the Red Fern Grows. The story of a young boy growing up in Oklahoma during .the hard times of the Great Depression, the movie is an American classic. (Greg Disch)

Tips for the Photographer:

Equipment:

A moderate wide angle lens will be neccessary  to shoot the entire water fall in one shot.

A camera that you can manually set the shutter speed and aperture will work the best.  When shooting waterfalls we are basically doing everything wrong according to the auto programs that cameras have, so we need to manually override all settings.

If you wish to shoot for a blurred motion effect with the moving water you need to use a tripod and a cable release or the self timer on your camera.

Photography Tips:

Shooting waterfalls is one of those photo subjects that falls into a category pretty much its own as to the best time to shoot them.  An overcast day with a gentle rain in the spring or fall following several days of rain.  This will vary with location, but in many areas the flow of water dries up in the summer months and a waterfall without water is just a pile of rocks.  Most waterfalls look better with a long exposure to make the water silky smooth (the main criteria being the amount of water flowing, the greater the flow the faster the shutter speed you can use and still get a great shot.  With a low water flow, the long exposure makes it look like more water is flowing than really is.

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