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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Trails Network

Location Turkey Mountain trailhead is located at 68th and Elwood, Tulsa, OK. The 300+ acre Wilderness stretches from I-44 on the N to 71st Street on the S, on the E the Arkansas River and US highway 75 on the W. This urban treasure is less than 7 mi from downtown.
State(s) Oklahoma
Counties Tulsa
Type Equestrian Trail
Fitness Trail
Greenway
Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Urban Trail
Length 6.70 Miles / 10.78 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

photo: Turkey Mt. Pavilion at trailhead.
Turkey Mt. Pavilion at trailhead.

Managed by the River Parks Authority and a mere seven miles from downtown Tulsa one may find a refuge from city life on the trails of Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. It is within walking distance for many Westside residents and also easily accessible to all Tulsa residents from the River Parks paved trails on the east bank of the Arkansas River. With canopied trails crisscrossed with roots and rocks, blessed with views of the Arkansas River, and basically untouched by humanity, Turkey Mountain is an urban treasure.

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, restrooms, climbing boulders, a rain garden, and flagstone walkways leading to the main trailhead. A map of the marked trails, which are shared by hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians, is located near the trailhead. The parking lot can accommodate 70 vehicles in addition to designated space for equestrian trailers and handicapped. Other private contributions near the trailhead area include two NatureWorks wildlife sculptures and three multi-purpose pavilions.
The 300 plus acre wilderness stretches from I-44 to 71st Street and US 75 to the west bank of the Arkansas River. This heavily-wooded property has miles of winding primitive trails and two large ponds, features that date back long before the land was acquired for public usage. The summit of Turkey Mountain rise (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset

Directions

From US 75 exit east on 71st Street to Elwood. Take Elwood north to 68th and trailhead entrance. Trail may also be accessed from the east side of the Arkansas River via the multi-purpose paved trails of Tulsa’s River Parks system.

 

Additional Information

Width: 30 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Grass or Vegetation
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Soil
Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 7%

Elevation Low Point: 607

Elevation High Point: 950

Year Designated: 2016

Date Last Updated: ---

 

Contact Information

Trail Management:
Matt Meyer
Executive Director
River Parks Authority
2424 E. 21st St., Suite 300
Tulsa , OK 74114
(918)596-2001
staff@riverparks.org

 

Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Photo Photo View/Download
Restrooms and view of trail-head. Photo View/Download
Restrooms and parking at Trailhead. Photo View/Download
Large pavilion at trailhead. Photo View/Download
Registration tables at pavilion during a cleanup d Photo View/Download
Pavilion in snow. Photo View/Download
Turkey Mountain entrance and NatureWorks sculpture Photo View/Download
Photo Photo View/Download
Photo Photo View/Download
Trailhead sign and maps. Photo View/Download
Photo Photo View/Download
Trail marker in the snow. Photo View/Download
Volunteers during cleanup event working on a trail Photo View/Download
Photo Photo View/Download
Warrior Dash Photo View/Download
Tulsa Ultra Trail Runner's Annual "Snake Run". Photo View/Download
Mountain Biker on trail. Photo View/Download
Mountain bikers in the snow on Turkey Mountain. Photo View/Download
Mooser Creek confluence with the Arkansas River on Photo View/Download
Turkey Mountain viewed from the East bank of the A Photo View/Download
Sunset view from east bank of the Arkansas River. Photo View/Download
Sunset on a Turkey Mountain trail. Photo View/Download
RiverParks Authority, Turkey Mountain Urban Wilder Website View/Download
Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition Website View/Download

 

 

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