Hiking has some great benefits for any family. It’s an easy way to entertain everyone in any season, all ages and abilities can be involved, and it’s free! Our family loves a good hike. When one of you reached out on Instagram and asked for a list of family hiking spots in OKC, I knew I had to write a post! I hope you’ll enjoy trying out these favorites of ours and head over to my post called Hiking with Kids Made Easy if you’re not sure how to make your hike successful!
Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge
We love these trails because there’s lots of shade, so it’s perfect for warmer weather. The path is dirt, but very well-maintained and there are some areas where you can go down by the creek that runs to Lake Overholser. There isn’t a ton of parking, but we’ve never seen it too busy to find a spot.
Pro Tip: This is an “out and back” style of trail, so if your little ones aren’t able to go very far you can just turn around before they get too tired!
Martin Park Nature Center
Martin Park is a local favorite for good reason. It’s clean and beautiful at any time of year. There are dirt trails that are easy to navigate and are loops, so you get to look at different scenery the whole time you’re hiking.
Pro Tip: This park gets busy, so if you’re able to go on a weekday you’ll have a better chance at smaller crowds.
Bluff Creek Park
The trails at Bluff Creek Park are paved, so this is one of the best family hiking spots in OKC. The trails are perfect for hiking with very young children because you can easily take a stroller! There are lots of mature trees around the paths and the trails do make a loop.
Pro Tip: There’s a small playground and picnic tables at this park, so you can easily make a day of it!
Whispering Heights Park
Whispering Heights Park in Edmond has an epic playground, but if you’ve only ever explored that area you’re missing out! There is also a beautiful arboretum with a paved loop trail that’s easy for little legs to navigate.
Pro Tip: If you’re just in it for the hiking, drive past the parking area that’s right by the playground and go to the next parking lot. There are more spaces there and your kids won’t be as tempted by the awesome equipment!
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Alright, so this one isn’t in OKC, but if you’re up for a little bit of a drive you should definitely hike the trails at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. There are many options that are easy for families and there’s a beautiful spring where you can swim to cool off in the warmer months!
What are your favorite family hiking spots in OKC? Share them in the comments so I can add them to our list to visit!