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Lake Hefner Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching



partially paved


wild flowers


2 hours ago

Done this walk many many times. One of the easiest trails I’ve ever done. It’s flat/level. It’s paved. It’s wide. Great trail and okc is lucky to have it. You are rarely around other people even on a “busy” day with this trail. Plan your bathroom stops appropriately as there is 4-5 mile section on the north and west sides with no facilities.

road biking
4 months ago

Nice casual, safe and easy to ride on any type bike. Didnt like riding over the damn. Too much traffic including cars. Saw dogs not leashed. Many people not wearing helmets. Nice picnic areas. Many rude riders. Runners seemed friendly. And we were on bikes. It was a Saturday. May do it sometimes during the week when Spring comes for leisure.

off trail
5 months ago

8 months ago

only one water fountain the way i went... not even one at the park. bring lots of water.

9 months ago

We went biking here. It is a paved trail on the lake. For the most part there was any shade. The trail is paved and appears well maintained. We went at roughly 5pm on a weekday and it was not busy.

no shade
9 months ago

I didnt walk this whole trail but people were skating, riding bikes, and walking it is very nice, no shade and the trail is about 9 miles long that goes around the lake.

9 months ago

This trail is great for roller skating! The north half is a bit bumpy, but very doable. The south half has such smooth trails and plenty of water fountains. Can't wait to skate it again!

10 months ago

Great trail for walking, running or biking! A new asphalt overlay was placed on the majority of the trail last month. Makes the ride nice and quiet. Several public water fountains on the east, south and west sides. You are on your own for water on the north side.

road biking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Nice trail, but needs some maintenance with cracks in concrete for road bikes. Mountain bikes will have no problem rolling over the uneven gaps. If you go on a windy day, the head wind facing south can be quite a challenge for the novice rider.

Thu Jan 03 2019

Decent for a walk during the day. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

Wed Dec 05 2018

My Favorite Running Trail by far!!

Sat Nov 03 2018


Fri Nov 02 2018

I absolutely love coming here for sunrise.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Great place for walking, running, biking and roller blading. So heavily trafficked it feels safe. Only drawback is lack of lighting, making it very hard to do early morning runs.

Sat Jul 07 2018

quite a bit of trash and heavily trafficked

Sun Apr 01 2018

Great for biking/walking

Sat Mar 24 2018

Best trail in central Oklahoma it makes you feel like your by the the sea side with a harbor filled with friendly people and good restaurants what they need to do is put hotels by the lake.

Thu Jan 04 2018

Running at the lake can be one of the best or worse places depending on the wind. If it’s remotely windy you will feel it all at the lake. I’ve ran around this lake 3-4 times a week for the last decade and it’s a nice place to exercise, sail, or go to a restaurant. I wish it had better restroom facilities, but if you really need better than a porta potty you can go to Louie’s or Lake Hefner Golf club. Lake Hefner connects to Overholser over by MacArthur and Britton and Nichols Hills on Grand on the east side of the lake.

Mon Nov 20 2017

I love walking around the wall that surrounds most of the lake. I feel safe being out in the open and there are trash cans to discard poop bags.

road biking
Sat Jun 10 2017

great for biking in the mornings and evenings.

road biking
Sat Mar 04 2017

Awesome trail! Be warned of the wind, if it is windy. It can make your mileage feel twofold.

Sat Dec 10 2016

flat good jogging trail

road biking
Sun Dec 04 2016

great trail for biking except in some areas you have to watch out for cars.

Wed Aug 31 2016

A great place to run or bike in OKC. Roughly 9.5 miles all the way around the lake.

road biking
Sat Jul 02 2016

Great loop for cycling.

mountain biking
Sat Jun 11 2016

very nice place to enjoy a nice ride..wen done you can have a nice lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants over looking the lake..and on the north side of Lake at the bottom of dam...there's a walking and jogging trails and a 4 mile mountain biking trail... oh yeah at the restaurants they have bike racks so you can lock your bikes up as well..

Sun May 29 2016

Nice trail unless it's really windy

Fri Oct 02 2015

I travel to OKC for work pretty often and have never gotten the chance to check out the trail. Had an opportunity to stay for the weekend and Lake Hefner was top on my agenda. I was pleasantly surprised, it was a great trail, with a couple of surrounding parks to stop and take a break if you are doing the whole loop. Not a lot of cover/shade but luckily it was a great day. Then there was the Redman Triathlon going on, got a chance to cheer on some really great people.

Thu Sep 24 2015

Fun for family. The Stars and Stripes park is nice.

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