The 300-acre Wilderness stretches from I-44 to 71st Street on the west bank of the river. This heavily-wooded property has miles of winding dirt trails and two large ponds, features that date back long before the land was acquired for public usage.
The main entrance at 67th and South Elwood was recently upgraded by a $1.5 million grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation and offers landscaped parking – including an area for horse trailers – a restroom, climbing boulders, and flagstone walkways leading to the main trailhead. A map of the marked trails, which are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, is located near the trailhead. The summit of Turkey Mountain rises 300 feet above the Arkansas River and offers a panoramic view of Tulsa.
Turkey Mountain is a hidden place. Considering that the main trailhead is only 7 miles from downtown Tulsa, one would expect such a place to be crowded with users. However, first-time visitors are often surprised to find that one can run/bike for miles without seeing another soul – a testament to the many trails at Turkey Mountain. Crowded with roots and rocks, blessed with views of the Arkansas River, and basically untouched by humanity in general, Turkey Mountain is a treasure to all Tulsans.
Turkey Mountain is located at 68th and Elwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Click here for a Google map.
Turkey Mountain is generally accepted to be a dawn-to-dusk facility. Occasionally, night rides are organized by some of the local bike shops.
Trails and Conditions
For persons considering visiting Turkey Mountain, a few FYI’s: it’s not what you would expect. When most think of Oklahoma, they think of flat land, few trees, and lots of red dirt. Turkey Mountain has the opposite. Steep hillsides combine with thick vegetation to make trapsing through the woods difficult. Even on the trails, one occasionally must dodge tree limbs and jump rocks.
For runners, this means that Turkey Mountain is a great place for variety. Bikers will appreciate the technical aspects, although beginners may quickly learn that their skillset is going to need some improvement. Equestrians may need to stay away from some of the steeper, rockier sections. However, families with children will enjoy the shorter side trails that meander close to the parking lot. Pets are allowed at Turkey Mountain, but must be leashed and well-behaved.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Kaiser Foundation, Turkey Mountain has an all-new restroom facility and parking lot. The parking lot has equestrian parking, along with handicapped and regular parking for approximately 70 vehicles.
More Information About Turkey Mountain
• Popular Turkey Mountain enthusiasts website, featuring weather forecasts, event schedules, trail maps, and user forums (not affiliated with River Parks Authority): www.turkeymtn.comTurkey Mountain
• Facebook page: www.facebook.com/turkeymountain