35 miles from Salina on Hwy 82 S and Hwy 412 E
Listed as #5 on the Ten Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Oklahoma
$4.00 fee per car to enter park. Overnight tent or RV camping available.
Located near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border in the scenic Ozark Highlands region of Northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls State Park features a 77-foot waterfall cascading through rock formations and creating a hidden, serene atmosphere at the bottom of a narrow V-shaped valley. A railed observation platform allows hikers to overlook the falls and another observation deck with seating is located at the foot of the falls, offering two vantage points to enjoy one of the most scenic wonders in the state. The beautiful scenery looks familiar to many visitors because scenes from the 1974 movie, “Where the Red Fern Grows” were filmed in the park. Picnic tables and grills can be found throughout Natural Falls State Park. Campsites including 44 RV sites and 27 tent sites are available along with restrooms with showers. The Red Fern Reunion Center is available for group functions. Other amenities include four and 1/2 miles of hiking and nature trails, picnic shelter, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball court, catch and release fishing, playgrounds and a formal garden area. Pets are allowed on a leash only. 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, redbud, and pawpaw blanket the cool forest floor. The waterfall creates a moist environment where ferns, mosses, and liverworts thrive.
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GENTRY WILDLIFE SAFARI DRIVE THRU ZOO
55 miles from Salina on Hwy 82 S and Hwy 412 E
20923 Safari Rd. – Gentry, AR 72734
Open daily 9:00am including holidays
Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari is a family travel destination in Gentry, Arkansas.
The 400-acre safari is home to a variety of exotic animals. For these animals, they provide a natural environment with a beautiful Arkansas landscape and several large ponds.
The safari consists of a 4-mile drive-through, petting parks, and walk-through areas for interaction with our animals. Children and adults alike find enjoyment in learning about the animals. Families often come for a full day’s visit, using the picnic tables in the walk-through area to enjoy their lunch. They also have a snack bar with soft drinks, snacks, and candy.
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