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Old 12-05-2009, 03:21 AM
 
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What are your opinions and experiences of each area including the city that each are located near?
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The Wichita Mountains are wonderful. Among the oldest mountains on earth, they are a craggy collection of rocks which offer plenty of opportunities for exploration. Better yet, you can sit on top of Mt. Scott and watch the Army practice with their cannons down below.

The nearest cities are Lawton and Altus, both of which are military towns. They're pretty good places with a revolving population who come and go as the Army and Air Force dictate. That means the society and culture are in a continuous state of change, which isn't a bad thing. But, they are still "camp towns," with all that implies and they are hot and dusty in the summer and cold and dusty in the winter.

Turner Falls is found tucked into the north face of the Arbuckle Mountains, which are not really mountains at all, just mere solid rock bumps on the prairie. Those mountains are geologically older than even the Wichita's and many geologist's believe they were once 10,000 ft tall but have eroded down to what you see now. The range is almost totally solid rock, with very little topsoil and vegetation clinging to the cracks. Upthrust rocks stand in silent ranks, like soldiers, and the area is honeycombed with caves.

The falls itself is remarkable in that the stream which feeds it begins somewhere in the top of the mountain and flows a steady stream year-round. I believe it is spring fed. It was once a wonderful place to play for a day, but has fallen into disrepair over the years. Today, it is typically crowded on a warm day and trashy. I'm not sure I'd get in the water any more.

Nearby cities are Davis and Ardmore, neither of which have much to recommend them, but they aren't bad places, just typical Oklahoma small towns.

Both mountain ranges are excellent places for hiking or spelunking, but be very, very careful. Rocks=rattlesnakes and they abound in both places.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Lawton/ Medicine Park area
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Just to add a few comments about the Wichita Mountains....


The Wichita Mountains are actually apart of the Rocky Mountains.
The Mountains are include a Wildlife Refuge area. This area is full of small lakes (ponds to some) and wildlife. Buffalo, Longhorn Steer, Deer, Elk, Bobcats, and other small critters can be found just about everywhere.

Mt. Scott is one of the few moutains that one can drive, run, or hike up and once at the top, enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire area.

Lake Lawtonka sits just to the east of Mt. Scott. Fishing, Water Skiing, and camping can be done there.

Before entering the Wildlife area, there is a small city/town called Medicine Park. Several Bed and Breakfast places are here as well as some good Resturants (Old Plantation - recently remodeled and Riverside Cafe) and shops.

Medicine Park has alot of old history to it, being that it was the place Gansters like Bonnie and Clyde, the James Gang and more use to come and visit quite frequently.

Meer is located just outside the Wildlife Refuge area also. Meers is not much of town or anything really, but they do have a resturant that is home to a working Siesmograph due to the Meers Fault line being near by.

If one visits the area, ensure to make a full day or weekend of it.
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