Turkey Mountain is a hidden place. Considering that the main trailhead is only 7 miles from downtown Tulsa, one would expect such a place to be crowded with users. However, first-time visitors are often surprised to find that one can run/bike for miles without seeing another soul – a testament to the many trails at Turkey Mountain. Crowded with roots and rocks, blessed with views of the Arkansas River, and basically untouched by humanity in general, Turkey Mountain is a treasure to all Tulsans.
Turkey Mountain is located at 68th and Elwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Click here for a Google map.
Turkey Mountain is generally accepted to be a dawn-to-dusk facility. Occasionally, night rides are organized by some of the local bike shops.
Trails and Conditions
For persons considering visiting Turkey Mountain, a few FYI’s: it’s not what you would expect. When most think of Oklahoma, they think of flat land, few trees, and lots of red dirt. Turkey Mountain has the opposite. Steep hillsides combine with thick vegetation to make trapsing through the woods difficult. Even on the trails, one occasionally must dodge tree limbs, jump rocks, and find ways around ponds and gullies.
For runners, this means that Turkey Mountain is a great place for variety. Bikers will appreciate the technical aspects, although beginners may quickly learn that their skillset is going to need some improvement. Equestrians may need to stay away from some of the steeper, rockier sections. However, families with children will enjoy the shorter side trails that meander close to the parking lot.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Kaiser Foundation, Turkey Mountain has an all-new restroom facility and parking lot. The parking lot has equestrian parking, along with handicapped and regular parking for approximately 70 vehicles.