Take a hike
3 scenic spots to enjoy nature this spring
Chandler Park is hidden on a cozy hilltop just west of downtown Tulsa. The 192-acre park is perfect for picnicking, with tables and grills throughout. The picnic area — along with a swimming pool, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball courts and playgrounds — is surrounded by a network of gorgeous nature trails. The hilly terrain and prominent rock formations are perfect for rock-climbing thrill-seekers, but the panoramic view of downtown Tulsa, especially at sunset, will really take your breath away.
6 a.m.-9 p.m., daily
6500 W. 21st St. | 918-591-6053
Ray Harral Nature Center and Park
Tucked behind two schools in Broken Arrow, the Ray Harral Nature Center and Park is a wooded oasis inside suburbia. The 40-acre swath of land is part of Broken Arrow’s history, dating to 1909. Originally valued for its fresh spring water, it was transformed into a Christmas tree farm during the Great Depression. Now, the 3 miles of trails are anchored by a nature center with educational displays about critters you might encounter on your walk. The trails are well-maintained and easy to traverse.
Nature Center: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday
Park hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round
7101 S. Third St., Broken Arrow
918-615-6099 | brokenarrow.org/589/nature-center
Oxley Nature Center
With over 9 miles of trails twisting and turning through the diverse landscape of Mohawk Park, Oxley Nature Center is a perfect place for learning about the flora and fauna of Oklahoma. More than a dozen well-marked trails wind through lush forests, golden fields and wetlands bustling with animal life. Stop by the Nature Center’s interpretive building to grab a map. (To preserve the wildlife and its habitat, no pets are allowed.)
Gate to Nature Center: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Trails can be accessed during regular Mohawk Park hours, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., even when gate is closed.)
Interpretive building: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-4:30 p.m., Sunday
Inside Mohawk Park, 5701 E. 36th St. N.
918-596-9054 | oxleynaturecenter.org