Explore the Great Outdoors

Hiking Turkey Mountain
One of northeastern Oklahoma’s unique recreational treasures, Turkey Mountain encompasses over 300 acres of rugged park land located only a few miles from Tulsa’s downtown. The landscape creates a sense of being far from city life, with visitors surrounded by a thick canopy of trees. The highest point on Turkey Mountain lies within the park’s boundaries, rising 300 feet above the river. Turkey Mountain is intentionally maintained as an urban wilderness to offer a challenging recreational experience in contrast to the miles of mostly flat trails and manicured park areas elsewhere along the riverfront. The only drinking water is at the trailhead so park visitors should always carry water, including water for pets, which must be on a leash at all times. Lastly, always wear seasonally appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Grades are steep in many areas and can be slippery after rains.


The Gathering Place
Explore nearly 70 acres of scenic landscaping and family-friendly activities at our local, award-winning urban oasis. The Gathering Place has been nationally recognized countless times for being THE place to visit. Uncover unique playgrounds with tunnels, pirate ships, towers, slides, suspended bridges, and so much more. Bring your skateboard, bike, or walking shoes to enjoy the Skate Bowl and BMX Pump Tracks, plus the Midland Valley Trail, which winds through the Gathering Place and meets the River Parks trails. For a quick refuel, the park sells concessions, sweets, and refreshing drinks. Be sure to follow them on social media @gathertulsa for a full schedule of their cultural events, educational programming, concerts, movies, and ongoing interactive activities.


River Parks Trails
Explore the best-rated trails in Tulsa along the beautifully developed banks of the Arkansas River. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a long trail to explore by bike, River Parks has more than 27 trails covering 107 miles so you’re bound to find the perfect trail for you. Connections to other regional trails are found throughout and can extend your adventure as far as Broken Arrow, Jenks, or even Sand Springs’ historic downtown area. The mostly flat, hard-surface trails are suitable for many fitness levels. All of the trails are open for non-motorized use and are lighted except during curfew hours, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.


Tulsa Botanic Garden
Tulsa Botanic Garden is an oasis in the Osage Hills, just 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa. 
The stunning greenery, exotic plants, and colorful landscapes have all been curated for exploration and enjoyment. Stroll the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces, which boast over 8,000 plants surrounded by cascading art deco water features. Celebrate spring at Tulsa Botanic Blooms, a stunning 100,000+ bulb display curated each year. Also, play in the Children’s Discovery Garden, a wonderland with two acres of interactive fun for the whole family. Walk along the Lakeside Promenade or take a nature hike on the Cross Timbers Trail through scenic prairie and forest. Visit their website, tulsabotanic.org, for admission pricing and hours.


Life at the Lake
Set sail for a refreshing getaway at one of Oklahoma's lakes! With plenty of uncrowded waters, the state is home to more than 200 lakes and offers over 1 million surface acres perfect for boating, swimming, fishing, and all kinds of water recreation. Whether you prefer to charter a yacht or bring your own boat of any size, you can enjoy the open waters of Grand Lake and its upscale lakeside communities. You can bring your scuba gear and enjoy the Lake Tenkiller dive park. If you prefer a sailboat, Lake Hefner is one of the best sailing lakes in America. For our fishermen and women, McGee Creek Reservoir is home to your trophy-winning bass. And for our thrill-seekers, you can rent a jet ski and skim across the surface of Lake Murray.

No matter your preference, Oklahoma has a lake experience tailor-made for you. Here are some more of our favorite lakeside locations:
Keystone Lake, Sand Springs (25 miles)
Birch Lake, Barnsdall (42 miles)
Dripping Springs Lake, Okmulgee (45 miles)
Oologah Lake, Ooglagah (48 miles)
Three Forks Harbor, Fort Gibson (53 miles)
Greenleaf State Park, Braggs (68 miles)
Spavinaw Lake, Spavinaw (70 miles)
Lake Eufala, Eufala (86 miles)




DID YOU KNOW?
At $465 million, Gathering Place is the largest private gift to a community park in U.S. history. Gathering Place would not exist without the generosity of families and businesses committed to continual growth in our city.