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  • Writer's pictureLynn Smith, MPH, MCHES(R)

Your Guide to Outdoor Adventure: Explore Oklahoma City's Best Trails and Parks

Updated: Apr 6

While many flock to Oklahoma City for its dynamic cultural scene and bustling urban life, we invite you to discover another side of our beloved city—the abundance of green spaces and outdoor adventures. From hiking trails for walking and biking to tranquil lakes perfect for kayaking, Oklahoma City offers travelers the option for a slow paced stroll to an adrenaline rush. Whether you're an avid hiker, cyclist, kayaker, or simply a nature enthusiast, Oklahoma City is bursting with opportunities to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Here’s our list of favorite outdoor places and things to do!

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Beautiful sunset overlooking Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City!

Lake Hefner Trails

Less than a mile from The Lodge OKC is the serene expanse of Lake Hefner, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Lake Hefner Trails offer a picturesque backdrop for hiking, biking, or leisurely strolls with your dog. With 9.6 miles of well-maintained concrete trails winding around the lake, you can soak in stunning views of the water from the seat of your bike or catch a breathtaking sunset over a cold beverage at Red Rock Canyon Grill.

Bluff Creek Trails

Craving a more rugged adventure? The Bluff Creek Trails are just north of Lake Hefner and offer more rugged terrain and lush greenery. With dirt and paved biking and hiking trails, it’s like stepping into an urban forest. The Bluff Creek Trails are perfect for seasoned hikers or novice explorers. If hiking on foot, be sure to maintain 360 awareness and watch out for bikers (and natural wildlife like deer and snakes)!

Will Rogers Gardens

The enchanting botanical oasis of Will Rogers Gardens offers a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The gardens are  meticulously manicured and exploring the gardens during the spring is like gift of smell. Oh, the smells…so good! So fresh! With a paved trail around the gardens, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll with your family and furry friend (on a leash, of course).

Lake Overholser

Seeking an aquatic adventure? Look no further than Lake Overholser, where kayaking enthusiasts can paddle their way through calm waters and explore hidden coves and secluded shores. Rent a kayak from Riversport OKC’s Flat Tide Truck (or bring your own!), pack a picnic, and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature as you glide across the shimmering lake.

Martin Park Nature Center

This all ages nature center is perfect for meandering through 2.5 miles of lush woodlands and shady trees. Perfect for birders, you’ll encounter native wildlife in their natural habitat and breathe in the fresh scent of pine as you wander beneath towering trees. With scenic overlooks, educational exhibits, and interactive nature programs, Martin Nature Park invites you to connect with the wonders of the natural world and embark on a journey of discovery unlike any other.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Recently remodeled and improved, the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, an urban oasis brimming with beauty and wonder. Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, this iconic destination beckons with its vibrant array of flora, bursting with color, stunning landscapes, and cascading waterfalls. From seasonal events and live performances to hands-on workshops and educational exhibits, Myriad Botanical Gardens offers a wealth of experiences for visitors of all interests. Whether you're seeking inspiration, relaxation, or simply a moment of peace amidst the bustling cityscape, a visit to Myriad Botanical Gardens promises to leave you relaxed and refreshed.

Riversport OKC

No visit to Oklahoma City's outdoor scene would be complete without experiencing the adrenaline-pumping thrills of Riversport OKC. Nestled along the scenic Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City, this premier adventure destination offers a plethora of activities for thrill-seekers and water lovers alike. From whitewater rafting and kayaking to zip-lining and high-speed slides, Riversport OKC guarantees an action-packed day of fun and excitement. So, gear up and prepare to make a splash at this iconic Oklahoma City destination!

As you make plans to explore the endless wonders of Oklahoma City's green space and outdoor activities, we invite you to make Pro Familia Homes your home-away-from-home. With our curated collection of properties for families large and small, you'll find comfort, convenience, and the perfect launching pad for your OKC adventures. With award winning restaurants, world class museums and opportunities to explore the great outdoors, we hope your stay is nothing short of extraordinary. So why not plan to stay a little longer next time? Book your next adventure with Pro Familia Homes and discover the endless possibilities that await in Oklahoma City.


Coming to Oklahoma City in the near future? We'd love to host you and your family at one of our short term rentals in OKC. Book direct and you'll get the lowest rates plus free early check-in! 

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Biography of Lynn Smith, owner of Pro Familia Homes

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