Summary: This is an urban trail located along the east bank of the Arkansas River as it bends south between Downtown Tulsa, OK and the east side of Jenks, OK. This trail is paved for the entire 11 mile stretch and is open to runners, hikers, bikes, and roller blades. Currently you can hike to the "BRRidge" near 31st street and back on the west bank trail if you want to create a 6.5 mile loop rather than the 11 mile trek all the way. The name "BRRidge" is because the walking path is hung from the bottom of an old railroad bridge.
Along the trail you can see the 11th Street bridge which is an existing concrete span bridge that was originally Route 66. Between 61st and 71st street there is an optional singletrak trail that goes through a wooded area. In the winter you can also see bald eagles that fish the Arkansas River and nest in a protected area on the south end of the trail.
Trailhead: There are actually many trailheads on this route. If you want to take the full trail I reccomend parking at either Newblock Park on Charles Page drive near downtown Tulsa or parking at the Jenks Main Street bridge that crosses the Arkansas at the south end of Riverside Drive. (Lat:36.1441 Lon:-96.002966)
Trail Guides for Tulsa River Parks:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: River Parks Authority 717 S. Houston, Ste. 510, Tulsa OK 74127 or (918)596-2001
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ben Randle, who has posted 5 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ellen on 7/7/2010
The review totally omits the great hikes at Turkey Mountain which connects with River Parks. This is an "urban wilderness" park with dirt trails which meander through the woods and along the side of Turkey Mountain, not a Rockies type mountain, of course, but we are in the foothills of the Ozarks. You can choose among 1 mile, 3 mile or 5 mile hikes and get a very good workout. You'll quickly forget you are still in the city of Tulsa as you lose yourself in the woods.
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