Centennial Trail (OK)

Oklahoma

Centennial Trail (OK) Facts

States: Oklahoma
Counties: Muskogee
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail end points: N. Main Street and S. 4th Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Ballast
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016867
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Centennial Trail (OK) Description

Muskogee's Centennial Trail cuts a sideways U-shape, hugging the west end of the city and comprising three sections, seamlessly connected.

Centennial North runs for 3.5 miles between N. 40th Street (across from Solara Hospital) and N. Main Street near Shawnee. The 2-mile Centennial South section runs from 4th Street downtown near the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Three Rivers Museum heading west to 32nd Street (US 69/64) by the historical Hatbox Airfield, where Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhardt had once flown.

The elbow section of the trail, called the Love–Hatbox Sports Complex Loop, joins the north and south segments and includes a circuit totaling 3.5 miles.

The Centennial Trail will take you through multiple landscapes—city parks, urban back yards, forested corridors, open space and wetlands—offering a little something for everyone.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at the Love–Hatbox Sports Complex (34th and Airline streets).

Centennial Trail (OK) Reviews

Have ridden all sections of this trail and it is always well maintained. It is paved the entire way and has very few busy street crossings. I do not recommend going on this trail alone for certain areas. There are great parking lots at the trail head at Hatbox Field and at the Music Hall of Fame. The section of the trail from Solara Hospital to Main street is the neatest due to it being mostly wooded and there is a tunnel under the highway. The City of Muskogee does a great job with upkeep.

I regularly train on all sections of the trail. It is deceptively hilly in parts which adds to my conditioning.

Overall, this trail is a great improvement for the city, like totally awesome, but definitely could use clean up and maintenance for pedestrians to feel safer. I'm a Muskogee native who moved away as a teenager and now I come back to visit from time to time. I have fond memories growing up close to this trail, in the Meadow Brook housing addition off of Border Ave very close to where this trail runs. If I remember correctly, a part of the trail is an old railway line where my brother and I use play and walk along as kids. I also explored the field (where Hatbox is and where the trail U's around off of Border ave) area a lot as a child. Walking along the trail in the sunshine a couple of days ago was an amazing experience for me that brought up old memories and I kept thinking it would have been perfect for us growing up, much better than the seedy railway it once was. It's very quiet and surrounded by trees, brush, and some housing additions. The sound of frogs and birds was beautiful. I walked the entire 3.5 miles from the Music Museum to Hatbox field and enjoyed the peace and quiet very much, as well as seeing Muskogee again through fresh eyes. I saw about seven cyclists and one other pedestrian during my two hour walk. I'm an experienced walker and have walked on a lot of trails and through a lot of cities since I've lived in Muskogee. However, I agree with some of the other comments above. It's seedy in some areas and I picked a heavy walking stick once I got close to the bridge because I was mostly worried about stray dogs or stray predators since I'm a woman. There were a lot of backyards I passed by with huge mean looking pitbulls, rotweilers, and other dogs that didn't have sturdy fencing. That said,luckily, I didn't run into any problems along the way and would definitely walk the trail again (with a stick stick in hand!). Also, the site of men in the fields from time to time startled me, but they seemed preoccupied working. There's a lot of old trees, trash, and shrubs that could be cleared of course, also maybe a water fountain or a small convenient store could be installed on such a long path because I was dying of thirst along the way. It should also be said that Muskogee is known for being backwoods and old fashioned not for being modern and with the times though I hope that it catches up with us soon! The city itself seems to need a lot of restructuring, jobs, diversity, and money to connect with tourism and it's citizens more. Not sure about installing a fence, but more pleasantries would be a bonus for walkers and also an extension back to main street would have been extremely practical, since my car was parked there! I'd love to see some more progress here to better the experience for visitors like me and tourists coming through regularly or for the first time. But also improvement should be done mostly for the Okees who are there everyday with their families and friends!

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The Centennial Trail was a pleasant surprise for me, and an excellent option for walking or biking in Muskogee. I have typically packed up my bike on weekends and headed to Tulsa. The trail was safe, secluded and quiet. I plan on making it my first option for weekend and weekday riding.

I ride the whole trail daily and have for about three years. I have never had any incidents or felt threatened at all. It's more dangerous riding the streets of our city due to distracted drivers. I would like to see the trail extended across main street and take it all the way back to 4th street making a giant loop around our city. That would be a great ride.

First leg of trail from E trail head by railroad museum to hat box field goes thru seedy neighborhoods and seems dangerous.This would be improved with fencing.

Muskogee appears to be making progress towards providing more outdoor activity for people of all ages. It's a good start! however, with that being said. Muskogee has an excellent base to build upon with this trail, but it appears that the trail is not a top priority! I say that because i see that the foliage which is appealing in its own right is starting to take over the trail in certain areas, the track/trail has several cracks and pot holes that one would have to avoid. I believe that more effort needs to be put in place to appeal to all citizens. 1. properly maintain the track and keep the shrubs from reclaiming the track, 2. add lighting 3. better planning of the trail so that it reduces the opportunity for interaction with automobiles. 4. route the trail so that people on the east side can access it from there and not have to travel to the west side by automobile 5.have police officers patrol the trail on bikes. I utilize the trail often when i come to Muskogee. Again the trail is a great venue for the citizens of Muskogee, but more effort and consistency are needed to continue to make it better for everyone.

The trail is flat and in spots not many stops - but in other spots lots of stopping at road/trail intersections. Sine it is close to home will ride again.

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