Trails are the heart and soul of River Parks, the defining feature weaving together the public spaces that comprise Tulsa’s outdoor riverfront park system, with connections to other regional trails. Most of River Parks’ east bank trails, covering nine miles from 11th Street near downtown Tulsa, south to 101st Street, feature pedestrian and cycling lanes separated by a median. Connections to other regional trails are found at 96th and Riverside, where trail users can leave River Parks and travel west, crossing the river to Jenks, or east, connecting to the Creek Turnpike Trail which extends to Broken Arrow. The Creek Trail crosses major traffic arterials at several locations.
At 11th and Riverside, the trail continues north, then west, passing through Newblock Park and joining the M.K. & T. (“Katy”) Tulsa – Sand Springs Trail near Gilcrease Museum Road. Built on an abandoned railroad line, the Katy Trail runs west to Highway 97, passing near Sand Springs’ historic downtown.
River Parks’ west bank trail extends from 11th Street/Southwest Boulevard, south to 71st Street and the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. The west bank trail features markings to delineate cycling and pedestrian lanes. All of the trails are open for non-motorized use and are lighted except during curfew hours, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The mostly-flat, hard-surface trails are suitable for many fitness levels, except for steep grades at the trail connections to the Turkey Mountain parking lot and to the Katy Trail at Gilcrease Museum Road.
See the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area tab for information about the miles of winding dirt trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding at that location or visit facebook.com/turkeymountain.
MAP OF ALL OF RIVER PARKS TRAIL SYSTEM
MAP OF TURKEY MOUNTAIN