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Explore a winding suburban path from the University of Central Oklahoma and Fink Park's hidden red rocks to the loop of a larger city park complete with running trails, duck lakes, and bird-filled trees.
Begin the loop at Fink Park, which is immediately off Highway 77 adjacent to the University of Central Oklahoma. There is room for only a dozen or so cars to park here, but the area is not usually that busy. It is free to park. You will see picnic tables and just behind these a hidden red dirt canyon with a creek running below it. Exit your vehicle to hear the sounds of many birds in this canopy. If you climb up the red rock formation, you will find a charming playground.
To continue on the path and enjoy your run, head east. The path is shared with bicyclists, though they are not in great numbers in this town. An asphalt path will take you across town, a distance of 1.1 miles before you reach the intersection of 9th and Bryant. Here you will see Hafer Park across the street. Cross at the light and work your way down to the park's trail network. A tidy loop of 1.3 more miles is available here. Be sure to stop and view the well cultivated duck lake and water fountains, as well as enjoy the serenity that can be found on the lesser visited back side of the loop.
After completing the loop, head back to the intersection you started at to find the path back to Fink Park. You will see a burger joint called The Garage at the trail junction. Eat here after your run. Trust me.
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