It’s always nice to be able to go do a hike in the evening after work and school, but if you live in the city like I do, it can be tough without traveling long distances. One of the best benefits of living in NE OKLAHOMA, is the access to several lakes, hiking trails, mountains, and green country! The popular ones including Turkey Mountain and Redbud are relatively close in distance if you live in Tulsa or Catoosa area. One best kept secret in Green Country is located in Broken Arrow, Ok! Ray Harral Nature park. Located off 121st behind Spring Creek Elementary has an easy hike with lots of wildlife. In the 3 mile loop you can track across 3 different trails and see an amazing bridge built by the Boy Scouts of America that has been a popular feature in several photographers portfolios.
One of the best things about this trail is the history! In 1909 the residents within the community used this 40 acres as the primary water source. Since the park is fed by a natural spring it served many people for several years and some of the remnants still remain there today. It’s a beautiful place to find peace and quiet after the hustle of a busy day. Get some fresh air with the family and pack a simple picnic to enjoy yourself and kids! Print out a Nature scavenger hunt, Nature bingo or even go geocaching. The nature center has an observation deck open to the public during office hours and also has fun family events that are affordable. You can enjoy learning about several different animals, and insects within the nature center. Ray Harral Nature Center also has a room available to rent hourly for Birthday parties, group events, or other gatherings. Don’t let the mundane daily tasks wear you out! Go out for some adventure time even during the week and blow off some steam and let Nature ease the soul. Find out more at Broken Arrow’s resident page!