Swimming Areas Closed
Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara, Panther Falls, and Bear Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.
Eagle Bay Boat Launch Closed
Due to low water in Lake of the Arbuckles, Eagle Bay Boat Launch is closed.
The Lincoln Bridge
This stone bridge, connecting the Flower Park area and the city of Sulphur to the mineral springs south of Travertine Creek, was built in 1909. The bridge is the first and oldest developed structure built in Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District].
NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area
The bridge was dedicated on February 12, 1909. In honor of the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth on that same day, the bridge was christened, "The Lincoln Bridge." The bridge rapidly became a favorite scenic spot within the park, confirmed by the multiple postcard views taken of it in the early 19th century.
For one hundred years the Lincoln Bridge has been a park landmark and a treasured part of the cultural landscape.
Where to find it
From Highway 7, the bridge can be found by taking the first road to the right after turning south. Traveling north on Highway 177, turn left after the the turns to Hillside and Pavilion Springs, but before the turn for the Nature Center.
The bridge is located on the north side of the perimeter road; parking is available on both sides of the road.
Did You Know?
In 1906 surveyors documented 32 freshwater and mineral springs in the Platt Historic District of Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Of those historic springs, only five have measurable flows today. More...