Waterfalls, wooded forests, clear streams, hiking trials, beckoning wildflowers – what a weekend. My family and I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Sulphur and Davis, Oklahoma this summer and were amazed at the beauty and fun offered in the area. Tucked inside the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Little Niagara Falls was one of our favorite spots. The crystal clear waters of Travertine Creek flow over shallow ponds perfect for younger kids. But my 11-year old cousin has a blast jumping from the 10-foot falls into the deeper areas. Just be prepared for COLD waters; since it is a spring-fed creek, the water is mighty cold.
I’ve seen pictures of Little Niagara running dry over the years, but the recent rains have meant the reopening of the falls. You can see from the pictures that is plenty of water this summer.
The falls are also a great spot for a picnic lunch.
Who knew that Little Niagara Falls was just a 90-minute drive from Oklahoma City?
Of course, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area has much more to offer than just Little Niagara. My family also explored the Travertine Nature Center, including a short hike.
The nature center was much more than a welcome respite from the summer heat. There were exhibits, including a massive snake skin, a centipede and a bid-watching area. I was especially excited to find some good Oklahoma bird watching books for the kids.
We took the short 0.6 hike on the Prairie Loop Trail, it was a great hike with the kids. In fact, we only had to carry them for the last few yards! Of course, to their credit, it was stinking hot that afternoon. Luckily, most of the hike was in the shade.