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The WeRT has been a great addition to OKC trails. This relatively flat paved trail runs about seven miles from Lake Overholser to SW 15th and Meridian where a bicycle bridge connects to the River Trail for another seven miles. At Overholser you can take the "lake to lake" connecting trail and bike lane for an additional 10 miles on the Bert Cooper trails around Lake Hefner.
The WeRT offers wildlife viewing. I have seen countless birds, including a bald eagle, a bobcat, deer and road runners along this trail.
This short trail is a delight. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the length. However, with a touring/gravel/mountain bike you can access the river trail via a dirt/gravel road (about 3/4 mile) for a much longer ride. Because the trail is not officially connected to rest of the trail system (yet) it's not busy and there is usually nice bird watching as you ride.
This paved trail connects to the River Trail (which then connects to West River Trail and has easy access to Eagle Lake and Katy trails). It's an urban trail through neighborhoods, so there are several street crossings and stop lights. East of downtown you have to ride on the street for about four blocks before the trail picks up again. I've ridden this trail many times at all hours of the day. Because of the street crossings I prefer early mornings on the weekend. I enjoy a little detour through Oliver Park, which offers a nice view of downtown.
Hats off the Oklahoma City!!! The trail system around the area is fantastic. Other large cities should go to OC and ride the trail system. The trails are all connected. We started on the Oka River Trail which intersected the River trail which intersected other trails. I did 50 miles and could have done much more. We were only in OC for two days passing through on our trip around the USA. I would rate the OC trail system at the top of trails that I have done in America.
Leaving from the river, the trail is currently closed at Reno due to construction closer to 10th. Still a beautiful ride thru the trees, near ponds over a super nice surface.
This is by far the best OKC trail for inline speed/fitness skating. It has one of the smoothest surfaces; it only crosses one road, which has very little traffic; and it joins with the Overholster Trail and the Oklahoma River Trail (South side). (Regarding its joining with the OK River Trail: The "cul-de-sac" actually leads to a bridge which you cross--on dedicated trail space--to join with the OK River Trail past a hotel.)
I’ve lived all over the US and some parts of Europe and these are the best and most extensive trails I’ve seen. Nice to be able to ride both sides of the river and on up to Overholser without hitting the street.
One reviewer mentioned flats — my first few rides on the trail I had flats every time, so switched tires to thorn resistant 25s, no flats since.
One surprise is along these many miles of trails, not one drinking fountain anywhere. Perplexing.
This is a really nice trail. It doesn’t have any really steep hills and it winds around lakes and alongside the river. There are only two places where it crosses streets—at SW 15 and at a dead-end cul-de-sac. Neither crossing has much traffic. My only complaint is that it doesn’t connect with the Oklahoma River Trails to the east. There is about a 0.75-mile gap between the two.
This is a nice trail that connects the Oklahoma Rivers Trails with the Bert Cooper Trails at Lake Hefner. The only downside is the trail crosses major thoroughfares at Reno Ave., NW 23, NW 50, NW 63 and the Northwest Expressway, all of which result in long delays for the light to change. In addition, it crosses NW 16 at an intersection where eastbound and westbound traffic doesn’t have to stop or even slow down.
I get more flats riding this trail than anyplace else. Occasional glass slivers from broken bottles caused by kids and homeless that occupy the area. Dried pine needles are deadly if you leave the trail. The path is fairly clean except when the city cuts the grass. I have 25mm tires so occasional flats can happen, but some local riders refer to this area as "The Flats" and for good reason.
On this 99 degree Saturday in mid-July, I walked this trail to check it off my list of local urban trails. This trail is a bit scary is some areas that go under bridges, but overall it was a nice trail. Each end of the trail has a park (though the south end park is simply a swing set). The north end is located about a half block away from Rotary Park. I don't recommend walking alone.
This easy to access trail provides an easy walk with beautiful scenery. The park description doesn't mention it, but there is parking at the north end of the trail just south of 39th St (Route 66). There is access to the top of the dam about half way on the trail. It's fun to walk across the water on the dam's edge. One side of the trail offers a lake view, and the other side offers views of some lovely residences that were pretty fabulous in their day. An enjoyable city walk.
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