By: Natalie Berg & Kaelen McIntire
If you are looking for a short getaway from Stillwater, Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma, is the place to go. This little haven has everything you need for both a relaxing and adventurous day just 2 hours away. If you are looking for a short getaway from Stillwater, we highly suggest hopping in the car with some of your friends and taking the 2-hour mini road trip to Oklahoma’s secret oasis, Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma. Turner Falls offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy ranging from scenic hikes, swimming near the picturesque waterfalls and other natural pools, to an overnight camping trip. On top of this there are picnic sites, water slides, zip lines, and caves to explore. One of the best areas of the park is the castle ruin that visitors can wonder through. With a jail cell and multiple floors, this castle is an incredible feature to discover. If you are feeling a swim, take a dip in the magnificent pool of water that is located in front of beautiful waterfalls.
We took our trip on a colder day, so most of our time was spent hiking, soaking in the views of the sparkling waterfalls, and exploring the castle ruin. However, if you wait until it gets a little warmer, be sure to pack a swimsuit and a towel because you will definitely want to jump into the cool natural pools after a long hike. Either way, you will be sure to have a good time and you definitely won’t feel like you’re in Oklahoma with the mountainous terrain surrounding you. It is truly the perfect escape.
By now you are probably wondering, “how can I be ’trendy’ while hiking and camping?” We are here to give you the inside scoop on your Turner Falls trip necessities.
For a cold weather hike, consider pairing a classic pair of black leggings with a vintage cut-off sweater for a relaxed yet sporty chic look. Or for a more fun look you could pair some patterned leggings with a basic tank or sweater. If you want to splurge, check out the assortment of leggings, tops, sweaters, and more at Lululemon. If you are balling on a budget, Old Navy and even Wal- Mart offer an array of athletic clothing that is highly comparable. Treat your feet right in comfortable shoes that offer support and style. Nikes are great for a casual hike, however when dealing with hikes that involve difficult terrain we would suggest a more supportive shoe such as Asics. In the warmer weather, when swimming is permitted, consider bright colors and bold patterned swimwear. Target has a large collection of swimsuits to choose from for a very reasonable price. For hiking, consider wearing comfortable athletic shorts and a breathable tee or tank to stay cool in the Oklahoma heat.
“Hydrate or die-drate” is an expression we hear often, and while exploring the castle remains and the hiking trails on the park grounds, it couldn’t be more true. Grab a Swell, Yeti, or generic bottle to take with you on the go. You will definitely work up a thirst, especially if you are visiting in the warmer months. To hold the map you are given upon entering the park, the water bottle, and possibly a snack, you’ll probably want to bring a backpack. Whether you’re rocking a Steve Madden’s private label backpack or just a simple drawstring backpack, this is the perfect and most useful addition to your sporty ensemble. Lastly, a dazzling pair of “sunnies” helps protect your eyes from the sun and can stylize any look.
So, take a drive over to Turner Falls to see for yourselves. It will be a trip that allows you to disconnect from the world and dive into a nature filled day, or longer if you decide to brave the campgrounds. Throw on your trendy athleisure attire, grab your pals and take the trip for a little adventure in Davis, Oklahoma.