There’s something about hiking that gets you in touch with Mother Nature. Whether it be the fresh air, the natural surroundings or just the euphoria of being outside, hiking takes you on a journey that is hard to replicate. We found many magnificent places to explore by foot that are out of this world. Here are 9 trails in Oklahoma to put on your hiking bucket list.
1. Turkey Mountain, Tulsa
Voted the best hike in the state by Thrillst.com, Turkey Mountain in Tulsa has multiple trails for all skill levels. It's close to the city and offers stunning views of the Arkansas River and Tulsa.
2. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Area, Indiahoma
In southwestern Oklahoma, you'll discover some of the state's most beautiful scenery in the Wichita Mountains. From the hike to Charon's Gardens to Narrow's Trail, every hike in the refuge is breathtaking.
3. Talimena State Park, Talihina
Hiking trails throughout the Ouachita National Forest start at Talimena State Park and offer a large range of scenic, wooded terrain. Multiple trails are available for all skill levels.
4. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur
One of the best places to get outdoors and enjoy a scenic hike is in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The area is filled with thick forests, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams for picturesque scenery.
5. Black Mesa State Park, Kenton
Located in Oklahoma's Panhandle, Black Mesa offers hiking trails to the highest point in the state - Black Mesa. At 4,973 feet above sea level, this extraordinary hike should definitely be on the top of your bucket list.
6. Beaver's Bend State Park, Broken Bow
As one of the most popular outdoor areas in the state, Beaver's Bend State Park offers miles of hiking for an epic outdoor adventure. With over 5 nature trails to choose from, there is a trail for every skill level.
7. Turner Falls Park, Davis
Located in the Arbuckle Mountains, Turner Falls offers year-round hiking. Not only will you enjoy the stunning views of the 77-ft. waterfall while hiking, but the trails will take you to caves, streams and many places to explore.
8. Natural Falls State Park, Colcord
Natural Falls stands at 77-ft. high and is easily accessible by the Dripping Springs Trail – a looped trail that is just under a mile round trip. Take a short, easy hike to view this little piece of heaven tucked away in the foothills of Oklahoma.
9. Roman Nose State Park
Roman Nose State Park has a trail system consisting of four interconnected trails. The trails are beginner to intermediate levels and will wind you past lakes, wildlife, creeks and stunning views.