Oklahoma City is kind of massive – 620 square miles to be exact. You might find that a little daunting, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out and enjoy some exercise. With more than 140 miles of trails throughout the city, you’re never far from a great running path. But to help you narrow it down, here are a few of the favorite running routes for locals.
Nichols Hills Parks
This historic neighborhood offers more than two miles of trails and roads to run on.
Lake Hefner is a haven for sports and recreation enthusiasts. Here you’ll find nearly 10 miles of paved, multi-purpose trails with markers every half mile.
Oklahoma River Trails
Some of the newest trails in OKC, the Oklahoma River Trails are 13 miles of unimpeded, paved trails along the Oklahoma River.
Sure, downtown is a place where you’re bound to come across frequent stop lights, crosswalks and cars, but it also offers some great running routes.
Here’s one that will take you by a few of downtown’s best sights, and help you clock nearly two miles.
- Start at the southwest corner of the Oklahoma City National Memorial (North Harvey Ave & Northwest 4th Street)
- Head west on Northwest 4th Street and go south on North Hudson Avenue.
- You’ll run south on Hudson for three blocks until you reach the Oklahoma City Museum of Art at Couch Drive.
- From here, head west on Couch Drive over to North Walker Avenue where you’ll see the Civic Center Music Hall.
- Head south on North Walker Avenue for five blocks until you reach West Reno Avenue.
- Run east along West Reno Avenue for three blocks – you’ll run by the Myriad Gardens (they’ll be on the north).
- When you get to South Robinson Avenue, you’ll be able to see the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
- From here, head back north on Robinson Avenue until you reach Northwest 4th.
- Go back west on Northwest 4th for one block and you’ll find yourself back where you started – at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
If you’re not the best with directions, here’s our suggestion – head over to the Myriad Gardens. If you run/walk/jog/skip/shuffle around the exterior sidewalk just 1.5 times, you’ll have gone a mile.