Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas offer a variety of hiking trails that are suitable for families with young children. We’ve rounded up a list of trails that tend to be shorter, less strenuous, and offer kid-friendly features. Here are some of the best hiking trails for families near OKC Metro:
Martin Park Nature Center | 5000 W Memorial Rd
This nature center in the heart of the Metro has a range of short, easy trails that wind through the wooded area. It’s an ideal spot for children to explore and learn about local wildlife and plants.
Arcadia Lake Trails | Edmond, OK
Located in Edmond, Arcadia Lake has 13 total miles of trails that encircle the lake. The trails are flat and suitable for strollers. And of course there is nothing like the views of the lake and the surrounding landscape. A twisting and winding trail, the Multiple-Use Trail is used for any season of the year, especially during the winter.
Oklahoma River Trails | Oklahoma River Corridor
The Oklahoma River Trails in Oklahoma City offer paved paths along the river, which are great for walking and biking with children. There’s a scenic view of the river, and you can often see rowing teams practicing on the water. The Oklahoma River Trails connect to the Bricktown Trail (under I-40 Bridge at Chesapeake Boathouse), Katy Trail, West River Trail, Lightning Creek Trail and South Grand Trail.
Chisholm Trail Park | Yukon, OK
Situated in Yukon, Chisholm Trail Park has a short and easy nature trail that’s perfect for young hikers. The park also features a playground, making it a great place for kids to enjoy outdoor activities.
Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge | NW 51st St & N Stinchcomb Ave
This refuge in Northwest Oklahoma City offers several short trails with beautiful views of the Oklahoma River. It’s a peaceful and easy place for a family hike.
Hefner Lake Trails | W Oklahoma City, Between Wilshire & Hefner Rd.
The Lake Hefner Trails offer a scenic, mostly flat path around Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City. It’s a popular spot for families to enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride.
Hiking Trails for Kids Beyond OKC and Worth the Drive
Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park | Hinton, OK
Located in Hinton, about an hour west of Oklahoma City, this park has scenic trails, unique red rock formations, and autumn foliage that’s particularly striking in the fall.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge | Indiahoma,OK
About 1.5 hours southwest of Oklahoma City, this refuge offers diverse hiking trails and the opportunity to see wildlife. The fall season provides a stunning backdrop of colors against the rugged landscape.
Turkey Mountain Wilderness Area | Tulsa, OK
Located about 25 miles from Tulsa, this area provides more rugged terrain and is best for families with slightly older children. The fall foliage adds to the scenic beauty.
Remember to check trail conditions, trail difficulty, and park hours before visiting all the parks and trails. When hiking with young children, remember to bring essentials such as water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate clothing. Also, consider the individual needs and abilities of your children when choosing a trail.