Oklahoma Hiking, Nature March 08, 2018
This Easy Wildflower Hike In Oklahoma Will Transport You Into A Sea Of Color
We’ve featured the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in
previous articles, highlighting everything from hiking to wildlife viewing, but there’s one element we haven’t covered — gorgeous wildflowers. Spring is upon us and wildflowers will be popping up all over the Sooner State in a few short weeks. You can hike all over the refuge and see stunning fields of gorgeous colors when these wildflowers bloom. Take a look:
With more than 15 miles of designated hiking trails, there's a hike for every skill level. To view wildflowers on an easy hike, take the Jed Johnson Tower Trail — a 1.1-mile trail, out-and-back, that takes you along Lake Jed Johnson and out to the tower overlooking the lake.
It's a sea of color out there in the spring. Look at this field of coreopsis wildflowers that are breathtakingly beautiful.
Wildflowers will start to bloom in March and continue through September.
From May until August, the Indian Blanket will bloom. These lovely red flowers with yellow-tipped petals are the official Oklahoma State Wildflower.
The easy Jed Johnson Trail will take you past many wildflowers, depending on the month you visit. It takes about an hour round-trip to enjoy the hike. There is a dirt path mixed with a little rocky terrain, but don't worry, it's not very difficult to navigate.
If you are an advanced hiker, take the Charons Garden Mountains Trail — a 5.8-mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that is rated difficult.
Along the path, you'll be surrounded by colorful wildflowers, including the Baptisia flower.
And of course, there will be bountiful patches of the Indian Paintbrush wildflower.
More than a dozen wildflowers will start to bloom in March and April, so plan a visit to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for an easy (or difficult) hike that will take you past fields and fields of vibrant color.
Oklahoma is full of breathtaking beauty! If you enjoy nature, check out our
Oklahoma Nature Lover’s Facebook Group to view more gorgeous photos of the Sooner State.