The town of Davis offers mesmerizing outdoor treasures to discover within the Arbuckle Mountains. Explore wild wonders from a variety of vantage points, from soaring ziplines and natural caves to waterfall swimming spots and castle walls.
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Home of the popular Turner Falls Park, the town of Davis attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year with its stunning natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts can devote a full weekend to experiencing all Davis has to offer. Come to Davis and split time between adrenaline-inducing activities, peaceful scenic outlooks and cabin cooldowns.
Wind through the Turner Falls Park entrance, and hike your way over to the 77-foot waterfall. After taking a dip in prime swimming spots beneath the falls, dry off and explore all three natural caves before unpacking a picnic lunch for a tranquil nature experience. Wander over to the 1930 Collings Castle inside the park next, and explore the maze-like ruins of this former private home that once featured bunkhouses, parapets and a native rose rock fireplace.
Next, choose between a thrilling ride inside a 777 Zip soaring eagle for overhead views of Turner Falls and Collings Castle or an amped up, two-hour excursion through more than a mile’s worth of Davis’ lush greenery at Air Donkey Zipline Adventures.
Head to River Bottom Campground & Tubing in the afternoon, and relax with a four-mile float along the Washita River. While floating, cast your line for a few hours’ worth of fishing, and set off toward Cross Bar Ranch Off-Road Park. At the off-road park, visitors are invited to rent an ATV to explore trails tucked within 6,500 acres of the Arbuckle Mountains, featuring plenty of watchable wildlife along the way.
Continue the wildlife fun with a trip to the Arbuckle Wilderness next to see rare, exotic animals up close. Guests can feed camels, llamas, deer, yaks and zebras out of car windows at this drive-thru safari before visiting the petting zoo for even closer encounters with the animals.
After touring all the outdoor wonders Davis has to offer, head into town for a peaceful excursion into the past. Grab an assortment of famously delicious Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies at the local favorite's original location for sweet and savory sustenance found along the short trek into town. Then, make a pit stop at the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum of Davis, and learn more about the history behind popular area attractions. An 1850 loom, vintage clothing, Davis News Daily articles and school picture displays give guests a glimpse into the early days of Davis.
Wander along Main Street in Davis and be sure to snap a photo in front of the double-sided Welcome to Davis Mural, showcasing the cascading Turner Falls. Refuel with a rich icy mint cappuccino or a homemade scone made fresh at Beyond Blessed Coffee Roasters before diving into the Main Street Davis Shopping District. Try on Western wear at Stillwater Milling Co. before chowing down on daily specials like homemade pork ramen at the Bistro or the house special of fried catfish at Kerri’s Dougherty Diner.
Once bellies are satisfied and shopping bags are brimming, prop your tired feet up inside a private cabin like the ones found at Adair Family Lakehouses. Inside Lake House #1, kids can expel extra energy with a few rounds of ping-pong and foosball while the adults rest in front of the fireplace. Lake House #2 offers plenty of space to spread out, from a large upstairs living room to a sitting room with twin beds.
For a truly secluded stay in Davis, book one of six properties at River Bend Lodge, featuring natural light and custom woodwork designs. Guests can snooze on pillowtop mattresses between outdoor excursions or take a dip in the private porch hot tubs. At this wooded mountain retreat, choose between a lake house, tree house, country home, or quiet cabin for optimal comfort.