First Day Hikes at Oklahoma State Parks

Start 2021 off on the right foot with a rewarding hike through one of Oklahoma's scenic state parks. Get a head start on those fitness resolutions, embark on a guided nature-watching adventure, or simply enjoy the crisp January air with friends and family.

Embark on a scenic First Day Hike at the nearest Oklahoma State Parks destination.
Photo Credit: Sequoyah State Park

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These hikes are part of the America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative that takes place in all 50 states and encourages individuals and families to stay active with a hike outdoors. Whatever your motivation, an Oklahoma hike makes for a New Year’s Day you won’t regret. 

Embark on a simple walk close to geological wonders at Alabaster Caverns, encounter wildlife and waterside views on the trails near Grand Lake and everything in between on one of these invigorating excursions. With 20 participating parks across the state, there’s sure to be a hike happening near you. Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes and get ready to develop a healthy habit while discovering Oklahoma’s abundant nature.

Northwest

Alabaster Caverns State Park - Freedom

  • Time: 2pm
  • Meeting location: Park Office
  • Trail: Raptor's Roost Heart Healthy Trail sponsored by AARP Oklahoma 
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages welcome, parent participation required for those under eight years.
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: Half-mile.
  • Things to bring: Water, binoculars, camera, hiking stick.
  • Cancelation information: Check 580-621-3381

Boiling Springs State Park - Woodward

  • Time: Due to inclement weather, hike has been rescheduled to Sat. January 9th at 2pm.
  • Meeting Location: Park Office 
  • Trail: River Trail
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by parent.
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: one mile
  • Things to bring: Water, binoculars, camera, hiking stick, snacks.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-256-7664

Roman Nose State Park - Watonga

  • Time: Due to heavy snow, hike has been postponed, date as yet to be determined. 
  • Meeting location: Parking Lot 
  • Trail: Inspiration Point 
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by parent.
  • Pets on leash allowed: No
  • Length of trail: Three miles
  • Things to bring: Water, binoculars, camera, hiking stick, snacks.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-623-7281

Northeast

Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park - Bernice

  • Time: 11am
  • Meeting location: Bernice Nature Center
  • Name of trail: Heart Healthy Trail sponsored by AARP Oklahoma 
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy, paved trail
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: One mile
  • Things to bring: Camera, binoculars, water, appropriate shoes and clothes for cold weather.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-257-8330

Greenleaf State Park - Braggs

  • Time: 9am and 11am, Dog-friendly hike at 1pm
  • Meeting location: Park Office
  • Name of trail: Family Fun Trail
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: One mile
  • Things to bring: Water bottle, binoculars, camera, hiking stick.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-487-5196

Keystone State Park - Sand Springs

  • Time: 12:01am and 10:30am
  • Meeting location: General Store/Park Office
  • Name of trail: Rangers Pass Trail
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: 1.25 mile
  • Things to bring: Water bottle, binoculars, camera, hiking stick, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-865-4991
  • Other information: Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will be available.

Lake Eufaula State Park - Checotah

  • Time: 10am
  • Meeting location: Visitor Center
  • Name of trail: Chinkapin Trail
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: 1.5 miles.
  • Things to bring: Binoculars, camera, water, weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-689-5311 or Lake Eufaula State Park's Facebook page.

Osage Hills State Park - Pawhuska

  • Time: 1pm
  • Meeting location: Lookout Lake Bridge 
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate 
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: No
  • Things to bring: Water and weather-appropriate clothing and shoes.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-336-5635
  • Additional Information: Gather at the Lookout Lake Bridge for a ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural hike across the new bridge. 

Sequoyah State Park - Hulbert

  • Time: Throughout the day
  • Meeting location: Three Forks Nature Center
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy and Moderate, depending on hike.
  • Minimum age for kids: Age six for hike, but all ages welcome in the Nature Center.
  • Pets on leash allowed: No
  • Length of trail: One mile and two miles hike.
  • Things to bring: Water bottle. Wear sturdy shoes.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-772-2108 and check Sequoyah State Park's Facebook page.
  • Additional information: To practice safe social distancing, hikers are requested to RSVP with a ticket through the park's Facebook Event page. 

Southeast

Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park - Canadian

  • Time: 10am and 2pm
  • Meeting location: Arrowhead Park Office
  • Name of trail: Trivia Trail
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: Half-mile
  • Things to bring: Water bottle, binocular, camera, hiking stick.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-339-2204 or check the Arrowhead State Park and Golf Course's Facebook page.

Beavers Bend State Park - Broken Bow

  • Time: 11am
  • Meeting location: Forest Heritage Center
  • Name of trail: Tree Trail
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by parent.
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: One mile
  • Things to bring: Water, snacks, binoculars, camera.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-494-6556
  • Additional information: Following the hike, meet at the pavilion fireplace next to the Heritage Center. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

Lake Wister State Park - Wister

  • Time: 1pm
  • Meeting location: Wards Landing Campground
  • Trail: Heart Healthy Trail sponsored by AARP Oklahoma
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: One mile
  • Things to bring: Water bottle, camera, binoculars, weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-655-7212

McGee Creek State Park - Atoka

  • Time: 1pm
  • Meeting location: Potapo Campground at T-Hill
  • Name of trail: T-Hill Loop
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: 1.4 miles.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-889-5822

Robbers Cave State Park - Wilburton

  • Time: 9:30am and throughout the day 
  • Meeting location: Nature Center
  • Degree of difficulty: Hike one is easy, hike two is strenuous.
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: Hike one is one mile, hike two is three miles.
  • Things to bring: Binoculars, camera, hiking stick.
  • Cancellation information: Check 918-465-2565
  • Other information: Hikes will be limited to 20 guests for each, check park's Facebook feed for latest info. 

South Central

Lake Murray State Park - Ardmore

  • Time: 10am and 1:30pm 
  • Meeting location: Lake Murray Nature Center at Tucker Tower
  • Name of trail: Nature Center Loop
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Minimum age of kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: 1.5 miles.
  • Things to bring: Water bottle, camera, binoculars.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-223-4044
  • Other information: Due to concerns over safe social distancing, hikers are requested to RSVP Bonnie.Farris@Travelok.com to reserve their spot on the hike. Make sure clothes and shoes are weather-appropriate.

Southwest

Fort Cobb State Park - Fort Cobb

  • Time: January 2, 10am
  • Meeting location: Eagle's Nest Pavilion
  • Name of trail: Western Oaks Heart Healthy Trail sponsored by AARP Oklahoma
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: Three-mile loop
  • Things to bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, binoculars, water, camera.
  • Cancellation information: Check 405-643-2249 or Fort Cobb State Park's Facebook page.
  • Other information: Guests might see eagles, deer, turkey, water fowl and other wildlife!

Foss State Park - Foss

  • Time: Due to inclement weather, hike has been rescheduled to Sat. January 9th at 2pm
  • Meeting location: Enclosed Cedar Point shelter above the marina.
  • Name of trail: Great Western Heart Healthy Trail sponsored by AARP Oklahoma
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: Two miles
  • Things to bring: Water bottle, binoculars, camera, hiking stick.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-592-4433 and Foss State Park's Facebook page.

Great Plains State Park - Mountain Park

  • Time: January 3, 10am
  • Meeting location: Park Office
  • Name of trail: Hearty Healthy sponsored by AARP Oklahoma, Nature Trail and Granite Hills 
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: Five miles
  • Things to bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, binoculars, water, camera.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-569-2032
  • Other information: Due to social distancing restrictions, hikes are limited to 20 participants. Hikers are requested to book a free ticket through the park's Facebook Event

Quartz Mountain State Park - Lone Wolf

  • Time: January 1, 8am - 5pm 
  • Meeting location: Park Office
  • Name of trail: Lake, Cedar Valley
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age for kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trail: One mile
  • Things to bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, binoculars, water, camera.
  • Cancellation information: Check 580-563-2238
  • Other information: This year's hike will be self-guided. Stop by the office from 8am - 5pm to pick up your token, maps and some hot chocolate. 

Central

Lake Thunderbird State Park - Norman

  • Time: Due to heavy snow, hike has been rescheduled to Jan. 2nd at 11am
  • Meeting locations: Discovery Cove Nature Center & South Dam Pavilion.
  • Name of trails: Fawns Rest Accessible Trail, the Dam and Nature Center Trail. 
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Minimum age of kids: All ages
  • Pets on leash allowed: Yes
  • Length of trails: Fawns Rest Accessible Trail is a half-mile, the Dam is one mile and Nature Center Trail is two miles.
  • Things to bring: Weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Cancellation information: Check 405-360-3572 
  • Additional information: Coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water and healthy snacks will be available after hikes.

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