1 – Lake Hefner:
The most popular place in OKC is Lake Hefner – featured in Continental, Continental Airlines’s inflight magazine. It’s 10 miles all the way around – marked every 1/2 mile. Asphalt/concrete trails and some road way (traffic is one way on the dam) but you do have bike/running lanes (not much traffic).
There are several places to park:
1. Stars and Stripes Park – at N. Portland and Grand/Lake Hefner Drive. Portland dead ends into the park.
2. East Wharf – (near the restaurants) Take Lake Hefner Parkway to Britton Rd exit. Go West on Britton, it dead ends at E. Wharf Drive. Turn left or right and you will see the parking lots on East Wharf Drive – Right takes you to Louie’s on the Lake which is where runHers meets.
3. North Parking Lot – Take Lake Hefner Parkway to the Hefner road exit. Go west on Hefner road, then turn left (south) on Old Lakeshore Drive.
2 – Lake Overholser:
West of Council Road & NW 23rd (23rd Dead ends at Lake Overholser Drive). This is both asphalt trails and road (not too much traffic). It is about 8 miles around – no mile markers.
3 – Dolese Park:
NW 50 & Meridian is 2.1 miles of natural trail. This is NOT lighted at all. It’s marked every 1/4 or 1/2 mile
4 – Eldon Lyon Park:
NW 36th just west of Rockwell Ave. The trail is 1.5 miles with markers at every quarter mile. The trail has one fairly large hill and several additional smaller hills. Part of the course runs through a wooded lot.
5 – Nichols Hills Park:
N. Grand (a couple blocks north of NW63rd and Grand). Nice neighborhood park over 2 miles of trails/roads (not too busy) to run on. No mile markers
6 – Earlywine Park:
SW 119th & May has an asphalt loop about 1.5 to 2 miles long.
7 – South Grand Trail:
The west trailhead is located at SW 15th, west of I-44. The east trailhead is located at Grand, just south of Reno.
The trails run East/West on both sides (North/South) of the river. These trails do have lighting. This would be and out-n-back run. These trails are marked every 1/4 mile.
9 – Mitch park:
Covell Road (NW206th) between Santa Fe and Kelly. Edmond is North of OKC. Lots of winding trails. Over 5 miles of asphalt trails.
10 – Lake Arcadia:
There are lots of parks/trails around the lake. Or you can park at the lake, then cross over Rt.66 and take Douglas Blvd. north. Go north for an out-n-back or take some of the cross streets to change it up a bit.
North of OKC is a favorite “rolling hill” course in Edmond (west of I-35). Take the Rt.66/US77 exit and go west to Sooner Road. You can park at the Petroleum Club (1 N. Sooner Rd.). Go north on Sooner, every major intersection is a mile. Do an out and back or go east/west at any cross street to mix it up. All the north/south roads run parallel to Sooner Rd. Whereas, east/west roads intersect Sooner Road.
11 – Joe Barnes Regional Park:
Take I-40 to Douglas exit, then head north to Reno.