OKC VeloCity | Be socially distant on a trail 

Be socially distant on a trail 

By Molly Fleming / Lifestyle / July 7, 2020

Whether you want to ride your bike, push your kid in a stroller, or change up the scenery for that nightly walk with your dog, Oklahoma City has more than 80 miles of multi-use trails. There’s even more to come!

Starting in the city’s northwest corner, the 10-mile Bert Cooper Trails will take you around Lake Hefner, offering views of the lake and some shade. Be warned though, with everyone wanting to get outside, this trail has become crowded, especially the area off Lake Hefner Parkway. There are places to park on the west side of the lake, so it might be healthier to start at the Britton Road entrance off MacArthur Drive.

If you’re traveling by bike, or a long-distance runner, parking at Hefner connects you to more trails. You can venture to Lake Overholser, traveling behind the Wiley Post airport, or you can head south on the Will Rogers Trail. The Will Rogers trail will connect you to the Oklahoma River Trail. At Overholser, you can venture south to the West River Trail, but there’s a detour to continue south to the Oklahoma River Trail.

If you want to cruise around downtown, connecting to the Oklahoma River Trail will take you into the Boathouse District, then you can go to Bricktown.

On the east side of the city, you can hop on the 7.3 mile Katy Trail that takes you from Washington Park (400 N High Ave) to NE Grand Boulevard up to NE 50th Street and the City's Adventure District, and parallels the old Katy Railway line.

Then in southeast Oklahoma City you’ll find the most challenging route in the system. The 13.5-mile Tinker-Draper Trail is a hilly ride around Lake Stanley Draper. The beautiful scenery makes it a little more tolerable though.

The city is working on connecting the Katy Trail to Hefner, which should be completed next year. Plans are being finalized now for two new sections of the trail system that will complete the loop. When both sections are completed in fall 2021, the city will have a 42-mile trail loop.

In the MAPS 4 package, there’s also funding for a connection from Lake Stanley Draper to the Oklahoma River, as well as trail amenities such as bathrooms, fountains and signage.

This content originally appeared on The Better Life blog.

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