Attention all hikers! The great state of Oklahoma is home to over sixty trails. From the famed Ouachita Trail to trails near lakes and mountains, the variety of trails is quite extensive! So whether you’re a weekend hiker, hardened backpacker, off-road cyclist, or simply just love the outdoors, there is a trail for you. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the best trails near Oklahoma City. So pack your bags and we’ll see you out on the trail.
Oklahoma River Trail
Featuring views of Oklahoma City along the river you’ll find the Oklahoma River Trail. Encompassing a 13.3-mile loop, this trail is perfect for a range of skill levels along with a number of activities. Being moderately trafficked, the Oklahoma River Trail is perfect for walkers, runners, and bikers. On this trail you’ll also be able to find your next furry best friend. While this is one of the nicer dog trails, pets are required to be on a leash at all times. So whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to unwind after work or a great place to train for your next race, the Oklahoma River Trail is one of the best options.
Lake Hefner Trail
Located just outside of the city, Lake Hefner Trail is a great place to escape. Surrounding Lake Hefner, this 9.4-mile heavily trafficked trail is great for all skill levels. Being accessible from March to October makes this trail perfect for a number of outdoor activities. This trail is also a great place to bond with your pet; just make sure to keep him/her leashed at all times. Besides featuring beautiful views of the lake, here you can also find views of unique wildflowers.
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Draper Lake Mountain Bike Park
Those who are into mountain biking and trail running should look no farther than Draper Lake Mountain Bike Park. Here you will find 6 miles of a moderately-trafficked trail that loops around. Being accessible from May until February makes this trail perfect for spotting natural Oklahoma wildlife. This well-marked trail is also home to picnic tables, creating the perfect place to relax and unwind after your workout.
Bluff Creek Trail
Being dubbed “a nice slice of nature” in the Oklahoma City area, Bluff Creek Trail is one of the more popular trails for those of all skill levels. While getting a bit busy during the evenings and on weekends, coming here earlier in the day will give you full access to a well-maintained and paved 1.4-mile trail. Bluff Creek also features a 4-mile-long mountain bike trail for mountain bike enthusiasts.
A great place to get away from it all, Lake Overholser is a wonderful place to unwind. Featuring a 5.1-mile moderately-trafficked walking trail, here you can also bike, canoe, and ride a horse. One of the unique aspects of this trail is that it’s “out and back” instead of a traditional loop.
So what trail are you going to conquer next?