Riverparks West Bank Trail

Oklahoma

Riverparks West Bank Trail Facts

States: Oklahoma
Counties: Tulsa
Length: 8 miles
Trail end points: Southwest Blvd. and 71st St. (Tulsa)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6432338
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Riverparks West Bank Trail Description

The Riverparks West Bank Trail runs north–south along the west bank of the Arkansas River through Tulsa. The popular pathway runs 8 miles between Southwest Boulevard (11th St. bridge) and 71st Street. The trail has a less urban feel than its neighbor, Riverparks East Bank Trail, which you can connect to via both the 11th Street bridge and the 21st Street bridge. There's also a pedestrian bridge connection at 29th Street.

Along the way you'll find scenic river views, a soccer complex and River West Festival Park (hosting events throughout the year). The trail also provides access to Turkey Mountain Wilderness Area, with additional unpaved hiking and off-road biking trails.

Stop near the soccer complex to watch kayakers plying the Tulsa Wave, or drop a line in the pond near the pedestrian bridge at 29th Street.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and access is available at:

River West Festival Park (21st and Jackson Ave.)
River Skate Park (south of 21st St)
PSO Soccer Complex (36th and Elwood Ave.)
45th St. and Elwood Ave.
Turkey Mountain Park (W. 71st St. S)

Riverparks West Bank Trail Reviews

Crossing from the East Bank to the West bank trail presents a long steady climb toward the turkey mountain trail head (it seems like forever). Once the turkey mountain trail head is passed you will go down a couple of hills and the trail flattens out to a nice tree lined ride. you'll go along the railway and the river which provides some nice scenery. The only reason that I rated 4 instead of 5stars is due to the trails location along an industrial plant. at times the smell can become very intense and cyclist must pass by two large exhaust stations which are very hot. just remember that when you head back up to the turkey mountain trail head...be in low gearing or else the couple of small hills become virtually impossible.

Have fun

This trail can be accessed from many points along the river. This side of the river has less noise, less riders and walkers. So, if you need to extend your cycling time by 45 min to an hour it's great. Not as scenic but the trail is well maintained. I believe they are under construction to lengthen the trail. I highly recommend for road bikers that don't want to ride by cars.

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