Best Places for Walking and Running in Oklahoma City

Those who enjoy walking and running have a number of excellent choices for recreational areas in Oklahoma City. Here are the some of the best places for walking and running in the metro area. Do you have a favorite spot for walking/running that isn't listed below? Let us know about it.

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    Lake Hefner Trails
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    Where: NW OKC, just west of the Lake Hefner Parkway. Get a detailed map with driving directions.

    What: One of the more popular spots in OKC for outdoor recreation, Lake Hefner is perfect for walkers and runners. The path is over 9 miles in length and traces the scenic sailing lake.

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    Lake Overholser Trails
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    Where: NW 10th and County Line Road. Get a detailed map with driving directions.

    What: Another excellent metro area lake, Overholser features a 2.3-mile paved trail on the east side as well as a park on the west side with even more walking trails.

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    Oklahoma River Trails
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    Where: South of Bricktown, west of I-35

    What: Development of the Oklahoma River area was a little-spotlighted part of the original MAPS initiatives, but it has turned out to be one of the more impressive. Now a top spot for outdoor recreation, the river area features extensive scenic trails along both the north and south sides.

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    Where: 5000 W. Memorial Road, just south of the Kilpatrick Turnpike in NW OKC

    What: Martin Park Nature Center is one of the metro's top little-known attractions, a wonderful and inexpensive place for kids and grown-ups alike. For the walkers and runners, there is a two and a half mile nature trail near the wildlife sanctuary.
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    Oklahoma City University

    Oklahoma City University
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    Where: 2501 N. Blackwelder, north of NW 23rd and east of Pennsylvania Avenue

    What: Walkers and runners in midtown love to hit the Oklahoma City University campus thanks to the path that winds among the beautiful grounds and buildings.

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    Where: SW 36th, east of May Avenue

    What: With a length of over 10 miles, the paved trails along the street median at South Grand are a favorite for metro walkers and runners.
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    Where: SW 119th and May Avenue, east of I-44 between Portland and May

    What: A very large OKC park with a golf course, Earlywine stretches over 400 acres and features a paved walking area of about a mile and a half.
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    Where: 5105 NW 50th, off Meridian Avenue near Warr Acres

    What: Though unpaved, the Dolese Youth Park nature trail is quite scenic, winding around the park for just over two miles.

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    Where: 3400 NW 36th, between Portland and I-44

    What: There are three gravel trails at Will Rogers Park, one traveling along a stream and another running along the Charles E. Spark Rose Garden. The third is just as scenic, with a waterfall nearby.

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    Eldon Lyon Park (Bethany)

    Where: 7401 NW 36th, south of NW Expressway between Council and Rockwell, east of Lake Overholser

    What: In addition to the popular Lake Overholser below, Eldon Lyon is another excellent option for those in NW OKC/Bethany area. The park has a paved trail of 1.5 miles.

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    Where: 1501 W. Covell, northwest Edmond just off Kelly Avenue

    What: J.L. Mitch has one of the longer walking/running trails in the metro. It is paved and outlines the entire park, with a length of about 5.5 miles.
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    Where: 8700 E. Reno Avenue, between Midwest Blvd. and Douglas Blvd.

    What: Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City has a paved trail of just over a mile as well as a 5-mile scenic nature area with quarter-mile markers.
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    Chisholm Trail Park (Yukon)

    Where: 500 W. Vandament, north of I-40 in Yukon off Garth Brooks Blvd.

    What: A paved walking path in the shape of a boot outlines the flower bed for about a quarter mile. There are also other trails and the Copeland Nature Trail in the 100-acre park.