• Little Niagra


    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • 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.

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?

Eastern redbud trees blooming in front of the nature center

The Eastern redbud, the state tree of Oklahoma, is found throughout the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The bright red flowers of the redbud grace the landscape of the park in early April of most years. More...