Nature November 13, 2016
10 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Oklahoma
previous posts, we’ve featured many fantastic hiking spots in Oklahoma. However, we found a few more to add to our lists that are absolutely incredible. From lush greenery to lakeside views, these 10 easy hikes all need to be added to your outdoor bucket list.
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1. Gloss Mountains, Fairview
The views of the surrounding mesas make this easy trek worth the trip. The loop is only 1.2 miles in length and is relatively easy.
2. Washita Battlefield, 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.
3. Natural Falls State Park, West Siloam Springs
Dripping Springs Trail is one trail within the park that is almost a mile long loop. You'll pass by beautiful springs and gorgeous scenery before arriving at the 77 ft. waterfall.
4. Boiling Springs State Park, Woodward
The Boiling Springs State Park Trail System consists of five different easy trails ranging in length from three quarters mile long to one and a half miles long. Depending on the trail, you'll enjoy river views, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
5. Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow
Located in southeastern Oklahoma, Beavers Bend State Park is an outdoor oasis for every activity. Visitors can choose from easy, nature trails to advanced, hiking trails. A great option for an easy hike is the Forest Heritage Tree Trail - a 1.1-mile looped trail that begins and ends at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
6. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Lawton
The refuge has over 15 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to advanced. Beginner hikers should try the trail that starts at the Quanah Parker Lake Dam.
7. Roman Nose State Park, Watonga
The Roman Nose State Park Trail consists of four interconnected trails ranging from beginner to intermediate. The foliage and lake views make this trail system a favorite.
8. Lake Thunderbird State Park, 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.
9. Greenleaf State Park, Braggs
The three trails at Green Leaf Stat Park range in length from one mile to 18 miles. The two easiest hikes for beginners are the Family Fun Trail and the Deer Run nature Trail. This exciting suspension bridge is located 2.5 miles out on the Ankle Express Hiking Trail for those looking for a more moderate hike.
10. Turkey Mountain, 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.
Where is your favorite place to go hiking in Oklahoma?