Nature October 01, 2017
9 Amazing Oklahoma Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Are you looking for a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend? Lace up those hiking boots and discover the vast beauty in Oklahoma by taking an easy hike along one of the many trails in the state. From natural waterfalls to beautiful prairies, these nine amazing hikes are all under three miles…and you’ll absolutely love them all.
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1. Turkey Mountain (Blue Trail) - Tulsa
Overlooking the Arkansas River in Tulsa is Turkey Mountain - home to miles and miles of some of the best hiking in Tulsa. For a relatively easy hike, try out the Blue Trail - a 1.5-mile looped trail that passes by a lake and goes into the heart of Turkey Mountain.
2. Lake Thunderbird State Park (Green and Yellow Loop) - Norman
The Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System at Lake Thunderbird State Park is the perfect place for hikers of all levels. The five interconnecting trails offer over 18 miles for every level hiker. Beginners should stick with the 1.5 mile Green Loop or the 1 mile Yellow Loop.
3. Roman Nose State Park (RNSP Trail) - Watonga
The park offers captivating canyon views, hidden waterfalls, hiking trails, a beautiful lodge and many outdoor activities. Check out the Roman Nose State Park Trail - a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail. There's even hidden caves and waterfalls to explore in this park.
4. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (The Elk Mountain Trail ) - Indiahoma
One of the most beautiful places in the state – the Wichita Mountains – has a hiking trail hiding deep within the mountains that will transport you to another world. There are lots of hiking options in the Wichita Mountains, with hikes for all different levels. The Elk Mountain Trail is one of our favorites because it's the perfect distance for most hikers. This 2.2-mile trail is lightly trafficked and is surrounded by astounding beauty.
5. Beavers Bend Sate Park (Beaver Lodge Nature Trail) - Broken Bow
Beavers Bend State Park is a gem in southeastern Oklahoma, comprised of 1,300 acres about 10 miles north of Broken Bow. The park boasts of a postcard-like setting and is an outdoor oasis waiting to be discovered. The Beaver Lodge Nature Trail is an easy trek, 2 miles out and back, that is great for most skill levels. The scenery is breathtaking and follows a river with several cascades.
6. Natural Falls State Park (Dripping Springs Trail) - Colcord
From gorgeous waterfalls to lush greenery to scenic forests, this park in Oklahoma may feel more like a scene from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe than the Sooner State. The main attraction on the Dripping Springs Trail is the spectacular 77 ft. waterfall. You'll travel along a 1.3-mile hiking path until you reach this hidden oasis. It's one of the most spectacular places to see in Oklahoma.
7. Washita Battlefield (The Dust and Fire Trail) - Cheyenne
Washita Battlefield has two trails for visitors to enjoy - The Dust and Fire Trail and the trail on site. The first trail is a .4 mile paved trail that takes you around the visitor center. The 2nd trail on site is 1.5 miles long and will lead you to Black Kettle's village - the location of the battle.
8. Gloss Mountains (Cathedral Mountain Trail) - Fairview
The hiking trail to the top of Gloss Mountains is short but a little bit of a trek up to the top. The loop is only 1.5 miles in length and is rated as moderate. Even though it's uphill, the views of the surrounding mesas make this hike worth the trip.
9. Osage Hills State Park (The Tower Lake Loop) - Pawhuska
Osage Hills State Park was established in 1935 and was one of the seven original parks in Oklahoma. It's full of mature trees, picturesque scenery, rolling hills and rocky bluffs. Hiking trails wind all throughout Osage Hills and take you to many of the bluffs that overlook the creeks below. The foliage is thick and lush and provides a vast amount of natural beauty. Try the Tower Lake Loop for an easy 1.9-mile hike in this beautiful park.
this incredible hike to an aboveground cave in Robbers Cave State Park.