Yay – warmer days are on the rise for Oklahoma! After two ice storms and countless freezing days in Oklahoma City, it feels good to be approaching spring weather so we can enjoy the outdoors again. I know all of us at Yay Dude are excited for patio happy hours, lake days, evening walks, weekend hiking and more. With all of the amazing outdoor activities available within the metro… we have a curated list of some of the best walking trails to check out this year as part of our Yay Well mission to improve the overall health of Oklahoma City with mindful movement and stress reduction. Recommended steps per day is 5,000. Walking in nature provides extra benefits, too, so try these out!
*Some* of the following walking trails are dog friendly! Be sure to take your doggie bags, though. 🙂
1501 W. Covell Rd, Edmond, OK 73003
Mitch Park has become a staple in Edmond, and the walking trail consists of 5 miles of paved trail. Parking for this trail can be found surrounding Mitch Park or the YMCA. Amenities include: disc golf, restrooms, playgrounds, outdoor workout equipment, basketballs courts + more. There are also many events that happen year round at Mitch Park and it is pet friendly.
4509 Integris Parkway Edmond, Edmond, OK 73034
The Spring Creek trail opened in 2017 and is a multi-use 2.5 mile trail; it runs from the Spring Creek Park @ Arcadia Lake to I-35. This is a paved trail and can be used for walking, running or biking. Visitors can park & enter this trail at the Integris Medical Center Trailhead or from the Spring Creek park on 15th St. in Edmond. *Pets are allowed.*
9000 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK 73034
The Arcadia Lake Multiple-Use Trail is one of the most used trails in the metro as it is a 6.5 mile single dirt track (with multiple bridges and and water crossings). The trail can be used for mountain bikers, hiking, walking, cross-country running + more. Parking and entrance can be found around the Edmond suburb areas near Arcadia Lake (see trail map).
Amenities: restrooms and picnic areas. However, there are some portions of this trail that can be used for free and the beach, pavilions, boating, and camping areas cost to enter. (Our founder Malena Putnam highly recommends getting the annual pass for access year-round.) *Pets are allowed*
The Arcadia Lake Multiple Use-Trail is accessible to the following parks:
- Central State Park
- Edmond Park
- Spring Creek Park
5000 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK
The Martin Nature Park is fun for all ages and is open in the summer (April 1- Sept. 20) from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. It contains 2.5 miles of woodland trails. Amenities of this trail include: visitor center with live animals, a nature learning library and restrooms. If needed for an event, you can rent the picnic pavilion for seating up to 30 people. There is also a nature-themed park for the kiddos, too! *Pets of ANY kind are strictly prohibited.*
11301 N Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120
The Bluff Creek trail is located near Oklahoma City and is made up of a 3.8 mile paved woodland trail. This trail welcomes off-road biking and hiking as well as walking/ running, of course. The amenities include: 3 picnic areas, restrooms, grills and more. There is also a park pavilion that is available to rent for 20-50 people. *Leashed pets are welcome*
Britton Road at Lake Hefner Drive to NW 39th Street at Overholser Drive
The Hefner Overholser Trail is is 7.8 mile paved trail near Hefner Lake in Oklahoma City. Many people enjoy casual biking, walking and running at this trail that runs along the west side of the Wiley Post Airport. Parking for this trail is at Lake Hefner or at Overholser Park.
300 SW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Scissortail Park is located in downtown Oklahoma City and offers a .9 mile walking trail. It is open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily and is generally considered to be a walking trail. However, there are countless amenities surrounding the trail such as an open park setting, a restaurant (SPARK), restrooms, drinking fountains and offers many events throughout the year at the park. Parking can be found along Oklahoma City Blvd.
The Oklahoma River Trails includes 13 total miles (about 6.5 miles of dedicated trails on the north and south banks of the Oklahoma River) of paved trail. It is a smooth/ level trail that is ideal for walking. Parking can be found at the Boathouse District, Wheeler Park and Wiley Post Park. This trail also connects to other trails such as: the Bricktown Trait, Katy Trail, West River Trail and more.
The Will Rogers Park Trail is about 8 miles of a multi-use paved trail. This park is ideal for biking and is designed for connecting the Bert Cooper Trails (Lake Hefner) and the Oklahoma River Trails that provides a continuous ride through all of the trails as a whole. Parking for this trail can be found at the facilities of Bert Cooper and The Oklahoma River trails. There are many scenic routes throughout the path.