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Best Family Hiking Spots In the Tulsa Area



As the weather turns less unbearable and the leaves begin to show off their best fall shades—but before it gets too cold for anything but hot chocolate and board games—take a your family to one of the area’s most beautiful natural venues for some exercise and leafy eye candy. 

1. Turkey Mountain

  • Address: 6800 S. Elwood Ave. 
  • Hours: Curfew is from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: www.turkeymt.com

‚ÄčThe Facts: Turkey Mountain is home to 20+ miles of trails, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, trail running or horseback riding. Trails range in length from the .8-mile Red Loop to the 5.7-mile Pink Trail. Find rules, maps and tips for all kinds of trail use at turkeymt.com/maps.

Don’t Miss: Base Camp 2018. September 30 is your chance to camp at Turkey Mountain—but get your ticket quickly because there is a limited number available! In addition to camping, enjoy games and live music.

2. Tulsa Botanic Garden

  • Address: 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seasonally extended hours on Thursdays.
  • Price: General Admission (13 years and up), $8; Children (3-12 years), $4; Children under 2 get in free
  • Website: www.tulsabotanic.org

The Facts: While you may not think of a garden as a place to go hiking, the Tulsa Botanic Garden not only has a ¾-mile paved Lakeside Promenade, it also has 1.5-mile Cross Timbers Trail, which leads visitors from the Persimmon Grove, to perambulate through a beautiful prairie landscape, and back again.

Don’t Miss: Check Tulsa Botanic Garden’s online calendar for upcoming events, including Full Moon Nature Hikes, which take visitors on an nighttime venture through the Cross Timbers Nature Trail. (Recommended for guests 6 and older).

3. Oxley Nature Center and Redbud Valley Nature Preserve

  • Address: Near Mohawk Park. Find map at oxleynaturecenter.org
  • Hours: Gates open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Visitor Center open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Redbud Valley); Mohawk Park open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: www.oxleynaturecenter.org

The Facts: Redbud Valley Nature Preserve’s 1-mile trail leads intrepid hikers through a variety of terrain. According to their website, this includes “flood-plain forest and shady north-facing slopes to limestone bluffs and dry upland forest.”

Don’t Miss: Oxley Nature Center hosts a variety of special monthly walks, including a Saturday morning Bird Walk (8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month), a Butterfly Walk (10:30 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month) and Full Moon Walks, which you can register by emailing oxley@cityoftulsa.org or calling 918.596.9054.

4. Keystone Ancient Forest

  • Address: 160 Ancient Forest Dr., Sand Springs
  • Hours: Hiking available on certain Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting. Upcoming dates are: September 8 and 22; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 8
  • Price: Free
  • Website: www.sandspringsok.org/175/Keystone-Ancient-Forest

The Facts: The Keystone Ancient Forest is home to trees up to 500 years old, as well as a variety of native animal species, from bobcats to American eagles. Trail Guides are available to help novice hikers or those interested in learning more about the landscape, but you are welcome to hike alone as well. There are three trails to choose from: the Childers Trail is about .6-miles long and is ADA accessible; the Frank Trail is about 2.8 miles and is moderately difficult, thanks to some steeper inclines; the Wilson Trail is the most difficult and, according to the website, “Hikers should hike at their own risk, and may encounter steep slopes, poor footing, native wildlife and potentially deadly drop-offs.” None of the three trails are recommended for children younger than fourth grade.

Don't Miss: Do you have a favorite four-legged hiking buddy? Keep an eye on Keystone Ancient Forest's calendar for special "Hike With Your Dog" days. 

5. Ray Harral Nature Center & Park

  • Address: 7101 S. 3rd St., Broken Arrow 
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: www.brokenarrowok.gov 

The Facts: Take a break from urban life at the Ray Harral Nature Center and Park. This 40-acre park has three-mile walking trail, picnic areas, a fishing pond and more. The Nature Center allows kids to further their nature exploration with interactive exhibits, a 60-gallon aquarium and other native animals. 

Don't Miss: Follow the Ray Harral Nature Center on Facebook to stay in-the-know about upcoming events. 

6. Haikey Creek Park

The Facts: In addition to a gentle trail that takes visitors through a grove of native pecan trees, Haikey Creek Park also has a 18-hole disc golf course, picnic areas, playgrounds, and other amenities.

Don’t Miss: Haikey Creek: A Night Under the Stars is Haikey Creek’s annual camp-out event for families! This year, it will be held on September 7-8. Visitors can expect stellar stargazing opportunities, a campfire for roasting hotdogs and s’mores, and a donuts & juice breakfast. Registration is $5 per person. Get more information at www.parks.tulsacounty.org

Hiking with younger kids? Check out Margaritte Arthrell-Knezek's (Executive Director and Lead Educator at Under the Canopy LLC) tips for Hiking with Young Children here

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