Oklahoma offers the nation’s most diverse terrain mile for mile and is one of only four states with more than 10 eco-regions. Located in the Central Great Plains of Oklahoma, Stillwater sits where sunsets can be seen for miles and the beauty of the open prairie roll out to touch the horizon. In the spring and early summer, visitors and outdoor enthusiasts soak up the outdoors and enjoy the lush plant life brought by the April rains, 80-degree weather, and diverse activities for a wide scope of outdoor interests.
Boomer Lake’s ecosystem and natural beauty gives way to a bird-watching paradise. Deb Hirt, a wild bird rehabilitator, professional photographer, and affectionately known as The Bird Lady, shares her watchful eye and vast knowledge via her blog, Photography by Deb Hirt, capturing the vast number of species and habitats found at Boomer Lake. Catch a glimpse of an eagle or egret on the three-mile walking and bicycling trail surrounding the water’s edge. The lake draws a fishing crowd and is stocked year around. Visitors may also enjoy the 18-hole disc golf course, five recreational pavilions, playground equipment and multi-purpose sundeck. Kayaks or paddleboards are for rent from White Rock Paddle Company for visitors to get out and explore the waters.
For those looking to explore Oklahoma terrain, the Stillwater 500 is a 580-acre playground for all terrain vehicle riders and motorcyclists. With 40 miles of motorcycle trails and seven miles dedicated for ATVs, the award-winning Stillwater 500 is the perfect place to explore the landscape on wheels.
Lake McMurtry is a mountain bicyclist and trail-runner’s paradise. The 1,155-acre lake is surrounded by four mountain bike trails totaling 27 miles. Each single-track trail is approximately seven miles and the Lake McMurtry trail system offers a wide scope of terrain from short climbs to challenging switchbacks through forested areas and prairie lands.
After a day of exploring and soaking up the Stillwater sunshine, Downtown Stillwater is the perfect outdoor setting to unwind during one of the Fridays, Food Trucks and Tunes Festivals. Held on the third Friday of the month from May-September, plan to come hungry with a lawn chair in tow. Food trucks line the streets, live music fills the evening air, and families, kids and pets unwind and play in the modern and fresh vibe of Downtown Stillwater.
For more information, go to VisitStillwaterOK.org.