Lake McMurtry Natural Resource & Recreation Area
Stillwater, OK 74076
Located near Stillwater, the Lake McMurtry Natural Resource & Recreation Area offers four hiking and mountain biking trails. Ranging from beginner to intermediate, these trails surround Lake McMurtry, and though they aren't extremely difficult, they do provide some challenges. The Lake McMurtry Trail System is comprised of two trails on the west side of the lake and two trails on the east side. There two trails on each side of the lake share a trailhead; both trailheads are located near the ranger stations.
Orange Trail: On the northwest side of the lake sits the Orange Trail. Made up of three loops, this trail is a total of 7.5 miles altogether, out and back. From the trailhead, take the path on the right, heading north. Almost a mile down the trail, you will encounter a gate. If it's closed, you can still go through an opening beside it. Keep right on the path, and you'll follow the shoreline, heading back west. The trail will soon hit a junction where you will take a sharp right. This is the end of one side of the first loop on the Orange Trail. Take the path due north for a while, then you'll run into a path that veers off right. This is the largest of the loops; it will take you across some rocky terrain and includes open areas as well as densely-wooded areas. Along this loop, you'll find great views of the lake. Take the loop counter-clockwise, and it will bring you back to the main section of the trail. You have the option at this point to take the turnaround loop, which branches off to the west. After this loop, you'll head south again to finish at the trailhead.
On-site Activities: Biking, Hiking
From Stillwater, take SH-51 west to Cottonwood Rd, then go north five miles. At Bronco Rd go west to the lake.