Turner Falls Park; Pleistocene tufa and travertine and Ordovician platform carbonates, Arbuckle Mountains, southern Oklahoma
R.N. Donovan, D. A. Ragland, D. Schaefer, 1988. "Turner Falls Park; Pleistocene tufa and travertine and Ordovician platform carbonates, Arbuckle Mountains, southern Oklahoma", South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, O. T. Hayward
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Turner Falls Park is located in the Arbuckle Mountains approximately 3 mi (4.8 km) south of Davis on U.S. 77. The park is shown on all highway maps of Oklahoma, and the easiest access is from appropriate exits on I-35 (Fig. 1). There is a small charge for entering the park.
The best-known view of Turner Falls is from the overview gift shop on U.S. 77 (free parking available). From here all the sites described below can easily be visited, although the descent to the falls is via rather steep steps. The less agile who wish to view the falls closely can enter the park via the automobile entrance (which is located approximately 0.5 mi [0.8 km] north of the gift shop). From here it is an easy walk to the foot of the falls. Alternatively it is possible to park above the falls; this is an easy way to examine the top of the old travertine deposit.
No hammers please; the exposures (which are highly photogenic) could easily be ruined.
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