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The Oklahoma River Trails provide a smooth, level pathway through downtown Oklahoma City free of motorized vehicle crossings. The tree-lined trails follow the north and south banks of their namesake, offering scenic views of the waterway, parks and wetland areas. A highlight of the route is the Oklahoma National Stockyards, founded in 1910 and, at one time, the nation's top cattle market.
Trail users can directly connect to the South Grand Trail just west of Interstate 44. The trail on the north bank of the river also meets the Bricktown Canal Trail at Regatta Park, allowing those on foot to safely continue north into the popular Bricktown district.
The trail is also only 6 blocks away from a unique bike and pedestrian bridge that's worth a side trip to see. To get to the bridge: From the Oklahoma River Trail on the river's north bank, travel east from Wheeler Park and S. Walker Avenue and hop on S. Harvey Avenue (or the sidewalk paralleling the street). Head north on S. Harvey Avenue to SW 10th Street, where you'll see the SkyDance Bridge rising 200 feet into the sky. Its unusual shape was inspired by Oklahoma's state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The bridge's 380-foot expanse provides safe passage over I-40. Visit at night to see its colorful lights.
Visitors can access the north side of the Oklahoma River Trails from the following parking areas: Regatta Park off Byers Avenue, just west of the Byers Avenue Bridge; SW 15th Street, between Walker and Robinson; and Wheeler Park at SW 9th Street and S. Shartel Avenue.
Visitors can access the south side of the Oklahoma River Trails from the following parking areas: SW 15th Street and S. Meridian Avenue; River Park at SW 8th Street and S. Agnew Avenue; Wiley Post Park at SE 17th Street and S. Robinson Avenue; and SW 15th Street, just east of S. Portland Avenue.
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