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Editor’s Picks: Biking Trails & Events for Families

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Whether you’re already an avid rider or you don’t even have a bike, we’ve rounded up some great trails and events to spark your interest in cycling and hopefully start up a hobby dads and their kids can do together for years to come.

Oklahoma City Boathouse District

725 S. Lincoln Blvd.

Why We Love It: The Oklahoma River has become one of the most scenic areas of the city over the past few years. With more than 13 miles of paved trails for cycling, the beautiful views can be enjoyed from your bicycle seat. Even if you don’t have a bike of your own, the Boathouse District can provide a daily bike rental for $19, helmet included.

Lake Overholser

Parking lot for Lake Overholser East Trail is located on the east side of the lake just south of the Lake Overholser Dam

Why We Love It: This 2.5-mile trail follows the east side of the lake for a leisurely ride that connects to Lake Hefner’s trail system. Lake Overholser riders can stop to enjoy Overholser Park and Route 66 park, making it an ideal trip for families. Other attractions along the lake include kayaking, fishing, tennis and picnic tables to stop for a snack. If you’re up for a longer and more challenging ride, the Hefner-Overholser Trail is a 5.3-mile path that takes riders all the way to Hefner Lake’s Bert Cooper Trails. If you don’t have your own bike, The RIVERSPORT Adventure Park at Lake Overholser rents bikes daily for $19 including helmets.

Hefner Lake

Parking areas are abundant around the lake to start your ride

Why We Love It: No matter where you start your journey along Lake Hefner’s Bert Cooper Trails, you’re in for a fun ride full of sweeping lake views. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions scattered along this 9.8-mile that circles the lake, including Stars & Stripes Park, Lions’ Children’s Park, fishing docks, picnic areas and several restaurants along the east side of the lake.

Wheeler Criterium

Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western Ave.

Why We Love It: This weekly event is a great way to experience cycling in a brand new way and get your kids motivated to take an interest in biking. The Wheeler Criterium is hosted every Tuesday night April through September and invites the public to watch some of Oklahoma’s top cyclists in an exciting race. Food trucks are on-site weekly so plan to enjoy dinner while you’re there. Fowler Toyota sponsors a special Kids Club where yard games, hula hoops and chalkboards are set up for young fans to stay entertained.

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