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With the coronavirus, people are looking for places outdoors where families can spend time together hiking and exploring.
Three great venues for day hikes are available in the Tulsa area. Here they are:
- Redbud Valley: Redbud Valley offers a rugged one mile trail that takes hikers through a variety of habitats, ranging from flood-plain forest and shady north-facing slopes to limestone bluffs and dry upland forest. It’s located northeast of Tulsa at 16150 Redbud Drive, Catoosa, OK 74015. Hours are limited so check on current information at oxleynaturecenter.org/redbud.
- Ray Harral Nature Center, Broken Arrow. Offers hiking trails, picnic tables and more. For more information and a map of the hiking trails, go to click here.
- Rogers Conservation Education Preserve: Located on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore. Rogers Conservation Education Reserve is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Claremore, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. It features a large, scenic pond. The beginning of the trail is not well marked and can be hard to find. Get a map of the campus here. For something involving a longer drive, there are some nice hiking trails at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve just north of Pawhuska. Devil’s Den State Park north of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a great place for families and offers camping. Greenleaf State Park east of Muskogee has some nice trails and a beautiful lake. Another great spot in Arkansas is White Rock Mountain, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. The trail at White Rock goes along the top of cliffs and has no barriers, so it can be very dangerous for younger children
Fall Driving Tours: Since we’re approaching the time to take a driving tour to see beautiful foliage, here are a couple of suggestions:
- Talimena Scenic Drive: About a 50 mile drive from Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. Always a big favorite. Can involve more traffic on fall weekends. For more info, click here.
- One of my favorites is to get to Kingston, Arkansas, then take Hwy 21 east. At the intersection with Hwy 43, you can (but don’t have to) take Hwy 43 north towards Ponca, which is very close to the Buffalo River. There are several things to do there, including hiking on the Lost Valley Trail. For a beautiful driving tour, though, back at the intersection of Hwy 21 and Hwy 43, go south on Hwy 21 for as long as you want. It is one of the most beautiful drives available anywhere near us. The only snag is figuring out the best way to get back to Tulsa. The best bet is to stay on Hwy 21 to U S 64 just east of Clarksville, Arkansas. Go west on 64 through Clarksville and connect with Int. 40 west which will get you back into Oklahoma.