Visit any of our 144 parks and it’s easy to see why the Tulsa region is known as Oklahoma’s “Green Country.” From the championship layout golf course at La Fortune Park to the 15,000 blooming azaleas of Woodward Park and the rock climbing at Chandler Park, our 6,000 acres of lush and lively parks offer something for everyone. Additional highlights include the Tulsa Garden Center, River SkatePark, Swan Lake, Redbud Valley Nature Preserve, River Parks, and Mohawk Park – the nation’s third largest municipal park and home to the Tulsa Zoo and the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center.
2435 S Peoria Ave Tulsa, OK 74114
Tulsa’s most popular horticultural attraction is located at 21st Street and Peoria in the heart of historic Mapleridge. In 1909 the isolated tract of land, accessible only by wagon trails, was condemned by the city for a park site. At that time it was considered “too far out in the country” and early Tulsans considered the purchase price of $100 per acre a foolish move and doubted that the 45-acre site would ever be a valuable asset.
Known as the Perryman’s Pasture, it had earlier been a portion of a 160-acre allotment given to Helen Woodward, a Creek Indian, by the Five Civilized Tribes Indian Commission. In 1909 the City of Tulsa acquired the property from He l len’s father, Herbert E Woodward. He l len was a minor, age fourteen, when the land deal was made. Herbert had acted as her guardian and sold the property without her consent. In 1925 He l len Woodward Slemp (Mrs. S. H. Slemp) decided to test the sale of her allotment. It became the subject of litigation in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. After four years of court battle, Mrs. Slemp lost her case to the City of Tulsa.
Today the 45-acre park boasts a wide variety of horticultural delights, including rock gardens, an English herb garden, a terraced Italian Renaissance rose garden, a Victorian conservatory (Lord and Burnham), a three-acre arboretum and an azalea garden with over 15,000 azaleas. The park provides a haven for citizens and visitors alike.
The Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden was constructed with hand labor and teams of horses as a W.P.A. project in 1934 and 1935. In 1937 the Better Homes and Garden Magazine presented a bronze plaque to the Tulsa Garden Club (one of Tulsa Garden Center’s founding affiliate organizations). This honor was considered to be an extraordinary achievement since it was given just two years after the first plantings. The Rose Garden has continued to receive high praise over the years. English Rosarian Harry Wheatcraft pronounced it the finest in design and maintenance that he had ever seen in the United States. In 1961 it was featured in Great Gardens of America.
The Rose Garden’s five terraces begin at the top of a gentle slope and end 900 feet west at Peoria Avenue. English ivy-covered stone walls and steps connect the different levels. Pools or fountains are found on most levels. Junipers, deciduous holly, and magnolias are all found amidst the wide array of roses in the gardens.
Presently there are approximately 5,000 rose plants representing nearly 250 varieties in the Rose Garden. Location of each type of rose may be found at the Rose Garden map link .The roses bloom from May until frost (usually in November), but the peak bloom period is from mid-May through June and then again in October. The most popular variety of rose is the hybrid tea, offering an exceptional variety of color, fragrance, flower size and shape.
Named after the wife of William Shakespeare, who was renowned for her love of gardening and her cultivation of culinary herbs, this formal herb garden was started by Tulsan Jewel Huffman in 1939. For many years the Anne Hathaway Herb Garden Club, an affiliate of Tulsa Garden Center, fully maintained the herb garden – watering, weeding, transplanting, labeling and cultivating for the public’s enjoyment. Different varieties of interesting herbs and their aromas may still be found in the Anne Hathaway Herb Garden today.
In 1982 Tulsa Parks horticulture department took over maintenance of this unique garden. Exhibits include scented geraniums, sages, mints, basil, summer and winter savory, lemon thyme, burnett, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and tarragon. Herb specimens are labeled with their common and botanical names for easy reference. The herbs bloom from May until frost. Visitors are encouraged to pinch off just one leaf to smell or taste.
Just north of the herb garden are two rock gardens, dating back to 1930. Honeycombed limestone from northeast of Tulsa was placed in a naturalistic manner to define a watercourse and to give the effect of a number of small springs.
Rock pathways, benches and footbridges were designed to help visitors enjoy the walk. Native oaks and hickories provide luxurious shady areas for park visitors and walkers. Statues of nymphs, cupid and Pan, are the focal point of the upper rock garden. Seasonal flowers bloom year round to complement the serene water and rocks.
The lower rock garden features thousands of azaleas, which were planted in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The azaleas converted a badly eroded hillside into the “jewel of the park”.
Mid-March to mid-April each year the azaleas dazzle visitors with their spectacular colors. Joined by the fabulous show of the redbuds, whitebuds and dogwoods each spring, the lower rock garden is one of the most recognized areas of Woodward Park.
6500 W 21st St Tulsa, OK 74107
192 acres of wooded area that has great natural beauty and panoramic views of Tulsa and Sand Springs. There are rock formations for climbing, a swimming pool, trails, baseball complex, 2 large playgrounds, restrooms, picnic shelters, 18-hole disc golf course and a community center. A large green space is available for festivals, concerts and special events.
2435 S Peoria Ave Tulsa, OK 74114
Tulsa Garden Center, located in historic Woodward Park, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a variety of horticultural and environmental education opportunities for the community and to serve as horticultural headquarters for the Tulsa area. A primary goal is to promote learning about plants through educational and recreational programs, while preserving the heritage of its historic building. Tulsa Garden Center fulfills its role as part of a larger botanical community by advocating responsible stewardship of plants and their habitats and frequently sponsors lectures, classes, shows and special events. Nearly 30 affiliated organizations call Tulsa Garden Center home for horticultural and environmental activities.
The Center is open to the public with no admission cost on Tuesday through Saturday 9:0 0am – 4pm. Visitors enjoy the collection of photographs displayed throughout the facility which depict the home as it was during the Travis, Hull, and Snedden days. Many of the rooms still retain the craftsmanship and charm of the original home. The extensive woodcarvings, the flamboyant gold leaf ceilings and the dramatic marble floors are just a few of the original or near original elements preserved.
Tulsa Garden Center is proud to have one of the finest horticultural libraries in this part of the country. With over 5,000 volumes on horticulture, botany, landscaping and related subjects, the library is a resource for gardeners and students of horticulture. Tulsa Garden Center members enjoy library book checkout privileges, while the general public is invited to use the library as an onsite resource center. The Library is located on the lower level and has elevator access.
464 West 23rd Street
Tulsa, OK 74107
Phone : /918.596.7275
Designed by American Ramp Company, the River SkatePark features 24 high-flying elements. Half and quarter pipes, grind rails and ledges, jump boxes, pyramids and more make helmets required gear. Situated on the west bank of the river near the 21st Street Pedestrian Bridge with Tulsa’s skyline as its backdrop, the park offers a rush for expert and novice skaters alike. Spectators, you’ll want to safely view the stunts from behind the fence.
Swan Lake is a historic district in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its borders consist of 15th Street to the North, Utica Street to the East, 21st Street to the South, and Peoria Avenue to the west.
5701 East 36th Street Tulsa, OK 74115
The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is a place of quiet beauty and rugged scenery. Here are plants and animals found nowhere else in northeastern Oklahoma. It is a very special habitat, preserved for all of us to enjoy. The trail will take you to some of the most interesting parts of the Preserve. Go slowly, open your senses, enjoy the wonders of this unique place.
Redbud Valley was originally purchased by The Nature Conservancy in the late 1960’s. Dr. Harriet Barclay was a professor at TU, and she spearheaded the effort to have it acquired, then worked with the Tulsa Tribune on a fund drive to raise the necessary money to repay The Nature Conservancy. TU maintained the property until the area was transferred to the City of Tulsa in 1990, and it is now managed as a part of Oxley Nature Center in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy. Under guidance from The Friends of Oxley Nature Center, the caretaker’s house was renovated and the Barclay Visitor’s Center created.
The primary management focus at Redbud Valley is to preserve and protect the unique plant and animal life that is found here. The area is also used for environmental education and for public enjoyment, but only when these activities coincide with our main focus, protection.
The area is open Wednesdays though Sundays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You may not hop the fence when the Nature Preserve is closed: on Mondays, Tuesdays, city holidays, before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The gates are locked promptly at 5:00 p.m., so plan your activities accordingly.
The Harriet Barclay Visitor’s Center is open from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Restrooms, picnic tables and drinking water are available in the shelter adjacent to the visitor’s center from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. . Please picnic only in this area.
Snakes are not uncommon. Most are non-venomous, but copperheads have been found here, and rattlesnakes are possible. On the uplands, tarantulas and scorpions live among the rocks. The area can also have an abundance of ticks in season, and of course, chiggers, wasps and bees are common. Certain trail portions have some poison ivy. None of these things should deter you from visiting, but you need to be aware that they are here and take appropriate precautions.
Hike, daydream, bird watch, visit with a naturalist, sketch, photograph butterflies, relax, study the wildflowers, forget things, look for fossils, remember things, sit, stare, listen… do all these things and more. There are a multitude of possibilities – invent some of your own.
Because of the special character of this area, and the rarity of some of its plants and animals, some activities you associate with a park are not appropriate here.
This is not the place to…
Ride your bike on the trails
Walk your dog or other pet
Play a radio or tape/CD deck
Have a picnic
Target practice with gun, bow or air rifle
Make a fire
And please do not disturb the plants, animals or other natural features here in any way.
2424 E. 21st St., Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74114
The park’s varied landscape ranges from manicured lawns to the rugged terrain of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness. River Parks offers dual trails for pedestrians and cyclists, plus seasonal enjoyment of fishing, rowing, kayaking, disc golf, the Blue Rose restaurant, and an outdoor cafe, Elwood’s. The 45 miles of dirt trails on Turkey Mountain are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
5701 East 36th St N Tulsa, OK 74115
Mohawk Park , containing 2,800 acres, is the largest park in Tulsa.
2435 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74114
Phone : /918.746.5125
Named in honor of Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist known as the father of botany, the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens are a lush classroom in bloom. Well-trained volunteers share their love of gardening while teaching the latest and most successful techniques for growing vegetables, annuals, perennials, woody plants and groundcovers. The Linnaeus Teaching Gardens are located within Tulsa’s Woodward Park, a short stroll from the historic Tulsa Garden Center and Tulsa Rose Garden.