• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • Little Niagara Swimming Area Closed

    Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara and Panther Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.

Hillside Spring

Spring waters coming from a stone basin under the trees
Hillside Spring retaining wall and basin, built in 1935.
NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area
 

Spring Type: Mineral
Spring Status: Flowing; not safe to drink

 
Stone and wood pagoda-style pavilion over a mineral spring

Pagoda-style pavilion over Hillside Spring, 1920s.

NPS/Chickasaw NRA

Prior to the construction of a new cistern and basin by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Hillside Spring issued from a grotto in a rock wall below the park headquarters (the present-day Platt District Ranger Station, also known as the Leeper House). Heavy in sulphur content, this water flows at a rate of about eighty gallons per minute. For thirty years, Hillside Spring was also known as the "Beauty Spring" because the water was believed to brighten eyes and beautify complexions. Due to high bacteria counts, the water of Hillside Spring is not presently safe for human consumption.

Did You Know?

Car on the tour road, 1920s

Originally established in 1902 as the Sulphur Springs Reservation, Chickasaw National Recreation Area is one of the oldest national park areas in the United States and is older than the state of Oklahoma. More...