For a state known for dealing with so much devastation due to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, Oklahoma has a surprising number of must-see spots for nature lovers.
Oklahoma City in particular offers so much to do and see for the outdoorsy types in your life. For those RV camping or road-tripping through Oklahoma, seeing OKC is a smart way to get the best of both worlds. That is, enjoying the bustling downtown district and enjoying trails, gardens and the great outdoors all during the same trip.
With so many campgrounds sprinkled around the city proper and its neighboring towns, you can rent an RV in Oklahoma City without having to worry about where to park it. Likewise, anyone passing through during a road trip should consider OKC an essential stop along the way. Regardless, here are some top parks and nature attractions you should keep in mind when you’re in the Sooner State!
Lake Hefner and Hefner Park
This lake and its surrounding parks provide the ultimate experience for those who want to get some fresh air.
Between the amazing boating on Lake Hefner and the myriad of shoreside birds that frequent the area, it’s the perfect place to relax and have a picnic with your family. There’s even a trail that winds over 9 miles along the lake for those who just want to take a stroll and get lost for awhile.
Bluff Creek Park
Often heralded as having some of the best hiking in OKC, Bluff Creek Park also boasts mountain bike trails if that’s more your speed. A popular spot with locals, early morning hikes and rides are ideal if you’re looking to avoid any crowds. Either way, checking out Bluff Creek is definitely worth it if you’re in the area.
Martin Park Nature Center
Marketing itself as “more than just a park,” this spot is a must-do if you’re bringing the kids along for your trip. Including an amazing nature-themed playground and a dedicated visitor’s center for educational purposes, your kids can learn more about nature as they’re experiencing it firsthand. Beyond being a great place to take a hike, Martin Park is particularly beautiful at night if you want to catch the sunset or watch the fireflies light up.
Will Rogers Park
If you’re a fan of flora and fauna, look no further than Will Rogers Park.
There’s no shortage of things to see here between the myriad of plant life (including tons of rose bushes) and wildlife such as tortoises and butterflies which are plentiful throughout the park. Will Rogers Park is likewise known for its koi ponds, definitely a hit with the little ones.
For those willing to travel outside of the city limits, Lake McMurtry represents one of the top attractions in Stillwater that’s worth the hour-long trip for nature lovers. The lake offers a variety of activities such as kayaking and boating, but likewise offers serene, breathtaking views for visitors. In short, a great last stop if you’re on the way out of the city.
Exploring OKC is an absolute blast and these spots should represent top priorities during your next trip. Whether you want to take it easy while enjoying nature or hit the trails full-speed, there’s something for you in the Sooner State.