Although the weather is colder this time of year, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out and explore the beauty around Oklahoma. And since our winter weather changes so often, finding a day that isn’t too chilly isn’t far off. So get those walking shoes ready, because we found 14 spots in Oklahoma you must explore this winter.
1. Black Mesa State Park, Kenton
For adventure and exercise, be sure to hike to the top of Black Mesa-the highest point in the state at 4,973 ft.
2. Lake Hefner, Oklahoma City
The Bert Cooper Trails around Lake Hefner are gorgeous walking trails that extend over 9 miles around the lake. You might even feel the East Coast vibe around the lighthouse area.
3. Visit one of the many city parks in the state.
Oklahoma is full of picturesque city parks that are a winter wonderland after it snows.
4. Bricktown, Oklahoma City
The popular Bricktown area takes on a whole new feel when it is blanketed with snow. It is quiet and peaceful and the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.
5. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur
As Oklahoma's oldest National Park, Chickasaw National Recreation Area provides outdoor activities year-round.
6. The Oklahoma City National Memorial
Visiting the Memorial is always special, but exploring it during winter gives it a peaceful touch.
7. Quartz Mountain Nature Park, Lone Wolf
Another perfect hiking location and setting to explore in the winter.
8. Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton
Not only is the daytime spectacular, but the nighttime sky is unbelievable at Robber's Cave State Park. Dress warm, make a fire and gaze at the millions of stars in the sky above.
9. The Arcadia Round Barn, Acadia
This iconic Route 66 landmark looks postcard ready with a blanket of snow on it.
10. The State Capitol, Oklahoma City
Walking the grounds of the state capitol during winter is pleasant, as the white dusting covers the landscape.
11. Turner Falls, Davis
Take a hike in the Arbuckle Mountains to see Turner Falls during its slower season. The area is another great place to explore in the winter.
12. Charon Gardens Wilderness Area, Indiahoma
This area is located within the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and is considered an intermediate to expert-level trail, as it offers many challenges along its 2.4-mile-long path.
13. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Indiahoma
For an epic winter trip, spend the day in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife combined with the scenery is stunning.
14. Wintersmith Park, Ada
This historic 150-acre park is the perfect location for winter fun. The park's amenities include a 1.5-mile lighted nature trail, a small amusement park and a 4-acre zoo enclosure with exotic animals.
Please be cautious when exploring these places and avoid icy areas. What is your favorite place to explore in Oklahoma in the winter?