Take a breath of fresh air.
There’s no better time to immerse yourself in Oklahoma’s natural beauty than now. Green canopies return. Flowers bloom. Wildlife reinvigorated. Each spring, nature hits a reset button and there are endless trails on Adventure Road that offer the perfect glimpse of spring awakenings.
Lake Texoma State Park
Home to one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S., Lake Texoma State Park has an array of trails to match. Whether it’s a guided bird hike, butterfly hike or a simple hike along the lake, the area boasts some of the best trails, traversing sandy shorelines, prairies and woodlands.
Martin Park Nature Center
This 144-acre urban sanctuary features three hiking trails that lead outdoor enthusiasts around a large pond, along the Spring Creek, through wildflower meadows and the park’s woodlands. Here, visitors are likely to encounter cottontail rabbits, deer, owls, foxes, squirrels, racoons, opossums, beavers and more. Martin Park Nature Center proves you don’t have to leave the city for nature exploration and wildlife education.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
At the intersection of deciduous forest and mixed-grass prairie is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, where hikers, birdwatchers and wildflower enthusiasts enjoy the variety this diverse ecosystem offers. Home to the Lake of the Arbuckles, Historic Platt District, Bison Overlook, Little Niagara and more, outdoor fun is year-round. Come here to enjoy fresh air at one of the state’s most beautiful national parks.
The Lake Overholser Trail spans about 2.5 miles along the east side of the lake, eventually connecting with the Oklahoma River Trail in the south. Along the way are fishing docks, a playground and park pavilion. Combined with Lake Hefner, visitors have plenty of hiking to do in the area.
The shoreline of this 2,500-acre lake is encircled by a paved 9.6-mile loop for running, walking and cycling. Take in the waterfront views, see native bird species and stop for some much needed fuel at Louie’s Grill & Bar (Lakeside), Redrock Canyon Grill, Hefner Grill or Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen.
Lake Thunderbird State Park hosts an array of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails. Located in the Clear Bay area, equestrian trails cover four miles and 12 obstacles, open Wednesday through Sunday.
Cross Bar Offroad Park
Davis’ Cross Bar Offroad Park has trails fit for adrenaline junkies of all levels. This 6,500-acre extreme ranch is the largest offroad park in Oklahoma and Texas, with trails spanning over 200 miles of diverse offroad terrain. Open 24 hours a day, visitors are welcome to bring dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, UTVs, Jeeps, trucks or any type of offroad vehicle.
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