I struggle whether to decide to include a few waterfalls as part of the collection, but when they’re designated as falls, I usually record them. Bear Falls and the other waterfalls in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area are a bit questionable. Limestone Creek flows through the park, which is beautiful even not considering the waterfalls.
But Bear Falls and the other named waterfalls seem to have been affected greatly by humans, so it’s hard to tell whether some of the falls are natural or artificial. Bear Falls looks like it could have been natural at one time, but then they added some rocks that create a pool above the falls. It’s a bit odd, but it’s still interesting to hike and see these drops on the creek. I just don’t know that I’d go out of my way to see the falls. Turner Falls is in the area, and is a much taller waterfall, though it tends to be busier. There are a few other waterfalls that I surmise are on private land that would be very interesting to visit.
- From US-177 in Sulphur (at the intersection of OK-7), head south along US-177.
- There are two entrances that will both lead you to the same general location. The first option is to turn left onto Perimeter Road soon after that intersection. The second option is to head just under a mile south and turn left (on what might also be Perimeter Road). Why would you choose the second? Part of the drive is one-way, and the only way to get to the falls from the first entrance is to drive over the river at some point. When I was there in early March, the river over the road, and there was no way I was going to cross in my rental car. The second option avoided this river crossing.
- If you choose the second, southern option, you can drive directly to the sign for the falls for Little Niagara. The other falls can be accessed along the trail nearby. Bear Falls can also be accessed by pulling over along the road as you’re headed west toward the park exit.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: roadside
Where in the World is Bear Falls?