Run along the Shore of Lake Hefner

Oklahoma Lake Hefner

Added by Nathaniel Carter

Watch the sun rise in wondrous peace at this suburban lake and take in the morning rituals of the native birds. After soaking in the views, take a morning run or bike ride along a raised, dedicated path around the lake.

Lake Hefner lies in the northwestern corner of the city limits of Oklahoma City, in a suburban neighborhood. To reach the parking lot and trails, access Lakeshore Dr. from Wilshire Blvd. There will be a dirt road that heads down to the lake, providing a secluded spot to watch the sun rise over the lake and view the many seagulls who call the area home. In the early hours of the morning, they can be observed feeding on the fish just emerging from the lake. It can become quite a frenzy!

Just up the road from the dirt pull down area lies the actual Lakeshore Park, a good place to park your car and start a run or bike ride down the shore. The lake is raised up over the surrounding land, being a constructed reservoir. The road is one way only for cars from here on, but there is a nice dedicated bike lane for running or cycling. Not much traffic is up here in the mornings.

The path alongside the road will continue to the opposite side of the lake, where you can see an OKC water tower in the distance. From here you can pick up the trail along Lake Hefner Pkwy. to continue the loop. The entire loop is 9.5 miles. Wind can be strong, so prepare for a headwind on at least a portion of this loop.

On the east side of the lake, there will be a couple lakeside restaurants, as well as Stars and Stripes Park. The path will then follow Lake Hefner Dr. and return to Wilshire and the Lakeshore Park where you have parked your vehicle.

For running or cycling nearly 10 miles, be sure to bring enough water and prepare for the heat to increase quickly, as well as humidity, in summer.

Pack List

  • Snack or protein bar
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito spray
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Cycling, Fitness, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



9.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

25 Feet



Easy Parking

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5 months ago


If you run the trail clockwise, you will usually hit a headwind on the east side of the lake. This is a great time to take a break and have a beer at Louie's, just steps off the trail.

5 months ago

Added by Nathaniel Carter

I live to run, hike, be in beautiful places, do the unexpected, see something new every day, and experience life in the absolute fullest. Altra footwear saved my running life. Music composer, teacher, writer, aspiring digital nomad. IG: @thatwhichdrivesus

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