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Explore the wilder parts of the metro Oklahoma City area


Jenny Coon Peterson September 17th, 2009

Want to get away from it all? There's no need to drive for hours or hop on a plane to commune with the great outdoors. Nature is closer than you might think. The metro is a sprawling giant, ...

Want to get away from it all? There's no need to drive for hours or hop on a plane to commune with the great outdoors. Nature is closer than you might think.

The metro is a sprawling giant, all subdivisions, highways and retail outlets. But that size means that tucked into corners and pockets between the developments are nature escapes " oases of water, hills and trees.

Looking to forget about the office with a bracing walk, but still need to be close to fabulous shopping and dining? Check out Edmond's Hafer Park. How about feeling completely isolated, like the closest outpost of civilization is a three-day hike away? Escape to Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.

Whether searching for a morning hike, a mid-afternoon stroll or an all-day adventure, metro trails cover all the bases.

Grab your hiking poles, a sack of granola, and get going.

Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial

No. of Trails: 4 Total Miles: 3.5 miles Trail Surface: gravel, hard-packed dirt  Environment: mostly wooded with some open meadows, water, moderate slopes 

Bluff Creek Park, 4327 W. Hefner

No. of Trails: 1 multi-use  (a second 1.5-mile trail will open later in the year) Total Miles: 3.5-mile loop Trail Surface: dirt track Environment: narrow, winding trails through mostly wooded, hilly areas 

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, 5101 N. Stinchcomb

No. of Trails: Multiple trails on more than 1,000 acres Total Miles: 2 miles + Trail Surface: dirt track Environment: marshlands, four  lakes, wooded areas

South Lakes Regional Park, 4210 S.W. 119th

No. of Trails: 3 connected loops Total Miles: 1.5 miles Trail Surface: paved Environment: rolling parkland, arboretum, lakes 

Oklahoma River, multiple entry points

No. of Trails: 2 multi-use Total Miles: 6 miles north trail; 7 miles south trail Trail Surface:  paved Environment: along the  Oklahoma River 

Arcadia Lake, 9000 E. Second, Edmond

No. of Trails: 1 multi-use (also a separate  equestrian trail) Total Miles: 6.5 miles one way Trail Surface: dirt track Environment: wooded areas, open meadow, water (including one creek crossing)

Hafer Park, 1034 S. Bryant, Edmond

No. of Trails: 1 Total Miles: 1.5-miles loop Trail Surface: paved Environment: mix of wooded areas, meadows, manicured park lawns

  Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell, Edmond

No. of Trails: 2 Total Miles: 2.8-mile main loop, 1.8 miles of inner trails Trail Surface: paved Environment: some hilly sections, heavily wooded

"Jenny Coon Peterson

 
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