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The Osage Prairie Trail follows the corridor of the old Midland Valley Rail. The trail links Oklahoma State University in Tulsa with the town of Skiatook to the north. The trail is lighted in places for night use, and passes through both urban and rural landscapes. The southern end is mostly suburban, while around Skiatook and Sperry the trail takes on a more countryside atmosphere.
You can access the Osage Prairie Trail in several places along its route and many trailheads have bike racks, water fountains, parking and benches.
In Skiatook, park on Locust Street just south of Rogers Blvd. In downtown Sperry, park just off Main Street just west of Oak St.
In Tulsa, parking is available off E. 56th Street N., near where it crosses the trail; near the trail intersection with Mohawk Blvd.; and at OSU campus.
We rode this yesterday for the first time. Before doing so, we read the variety of reviews and had a fairly accurate expectation.
The southern end, containing several road crossings, still has several areas with broken glass, graffiti, junk yards, an aggressive dog and gives one a general feeling of uneasiness.
The northern end is much more pleasant. Longer stretches between road crossings, more rural, cleaner and allows one to enjoy the ride, the views and the experience. The park at the Skiatook Trail head is beyond impressive!
Our suggestion: start at Skiatook and head south into Tulsa and head back into Skiatook. The trail does extend north beyond the Skiatook Trail head for 1 1/2 miles. So the entire length is 16 miles, one way.
I enjoy biking this trail, usually the section between Sperry and Skiatook. It is quiet and rural. Crossing a few non-busy roads is no bother to me. They've built a nice little park with water fountains and kiddie play area at the Skiatook end.
This is a wonderful flat trail. I have ridden it several times. It can be dangerous with mean dogs. I have run into them more that once. I would love to ride it more often but I hesitate. Be careful. I wish there was a way to contain them.
Great trail that runs north to Sperry and Skiatook. Well maintained thru these towns and there is some nice country to see. It goes thru the center of Skiatook Central Park which is a very nice park. It is currently being expanded farther to the north of Skiatook going into Barnsdall and hopefully into the City of Pawhuska. The additional trail to the north will bring even more great country to ride, jog or walk thru.
Rode this trail from Tulsa to Skiatook and back. Not that much to see but if you want miles and want not much traffic this is a trail for you. Better make sure you have at least one spare tube lots of glass on the trial
Way to many intersections w traffic.
I rode the entire trail about two weeks ago for the first time during a weekday. For the most part I enjoyed it. As others mentioned, the part from just South of Sperry all the way into Skiatook is really nice.
I also found the other end, from the OSU-Tulsa parking lot north to 46th street North was OK as well. This part is more urban but visually interesting.
That leaves a small section in the middle; specifically from 46st North to 56th North which is a few blocks West of McClain High School.
The trail here is tree lined, visually pleasant and somewhat isolated from the adjacent neighbor hoods. During this section I met two different groups of three young men walking along the trail. Since it was around noon on a school day I assume they were a bit past high school age or perhaps just "taking a break" from school. Although I greeted both groups, an individual from within each group made some comments which I couldn't completely comprehend since it appeared to be Ebonics and I was moving steadily about 10-12mph and not having time for conversation. IMO, it was an attempt to intimidate or trying to impress their cool comrades.
Therefore, I would be a bit careful of the section b/t 46th and 56th St. North for single riders on days when you see no other bikers in the area. Groups and weekends where there is more activity should still be fine - - I hope.
Road the entire trail yesterday from the Skiatook trail head to the Tulsa OSU end and back. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride through Skiatook and Sperry. The southern half of the trail going through north Tulsa had broken glass scattered on the pavement in more than a couple places and had several busy streets to cross. If I return with my kids we'll stick to the Skiatook to Sperry stretch where there are only quiet country roads to cross.
This is a very nice trail. Prefectly flat and straight. It is well maintained. However, there are limited facilities. We had to use the restrooms at a public library about two blocks from the Tulsa trailhead. About 6 miles from the Skiatook Trailhead there is a junk yard where a pack of about 5 dogs are loose, but all they did was bark and chased alongside us for 50 yards or so.
We started at the Skiatook Trailhead. From Tulsa you go north on Hwy 75 to OK 20 and then go west into Skiatook. The trailhead is on the west edge of town right on OK 20. Currently there is new construction of a public park where the trailhead will start. This will be an outstanding trailhead when completed. You can pick up the trail about a block south of the construction where there is a parking area.
We live in the Hilton Head area and an item in our bucket list is to completed a bike ride in every state. This trail completed Oklahoma for us and it was well worth the effort.
50/50 shaded path with wonderful scenery and good services. Highly recommended!
The Osage Prairie Trail actually runs from the OSU Tulsa campus near Greenwood and Archer to Skiatook Ok ending at state highway 20(main street). It is lite for a mile and a third on the Skiatook end and through the town of Sperry. The trail contains 3 very scenic bridges and is somewhat shaded. There are several water fountains along the trail.
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