Sperry is a suburb of Tulsa, only 10 miles away, and is a small, quiet bedroom community with most of its working residents commuting to Tulsa daily. It’s also the location of an active retirement community. Bird Creek meanders through Sperry, making lots of outdoor recreation opportunities in this dog-friendly town. Also passing through is the Osage Prairie Trail which links Tulsa with Skiatook to the northwest.
The pup-friendly Osage Prairie Trail can be accessed in several places along its 14.5-mile route, including in downtown Sperry where you can park just off Main St. and walk to the trail entrance. The trail follows the corridor of the no longer used Midland Valley Rail bed, passing through urban as well as rural areas. It is lighted in Sperry for night use. The section in Sperry is rural/suburban. Hiking and biking are the two most popular uses of the trail, but it is also appropriate for skating, horseback riding and wheelchair passage, all of it being surfaced in asphalt. Traveling the trail affords views of the prairie, and grazing cattle and horses, along with Sperry’s picturesque downtown. Sperry conveniently provides water fountains. This is a long and beautiful hike or ride for you and your pawsome fur-pup!
Should your dog become ill or injured while in the Sperry area, be aware that there are at least 5 veterinarians available, including 1 in Sperry, 2 in nearby Tulsa, and 1 in Owasso. They’re ready and able to get your pooch moving and wagging again in no time!
Head on over to small town Sperry for some big puptastic adventure!
This downtown Tulsa neighborhood features the Joe Station Dog Park, a large and well-maintained site with separate big and small dog sections, a canopied area with tables and benches for the humans, and convenient waste receptacles. Run by local volunteers, the park is lighted for nighttime use, which is an unusually pleasant feature for those who work until after dark, especially in the winter. There is clear signage regarding no children or food/treats within the park for safety reasons. With lots of safe green space to run and play, this is an ideal place to take your doggo for exercise and socialization. Woof!
In the Darlington neighborhood of Tulsa lies dog-friendly Hunter Park, and within the Park is Biscuit Acres Bark Park. Hunter features a playground and basketball courts along with picnic shelters and other activities for the humans, but for the doggo, 2.5-acre Biscuit Acres is the best! It features benches and picnic tables for Fido’s Dad or Mom, and separate sections for large and small fur-pups. Water fountains and a hydrant are provided in both sections, and they are sheltered by large canvas sails. There’s natural shade, too, provided by the trees dotting the park, and volunteers regularly re-stock the waste bag containers while emptying the receptacles. They even provide metal scoops for easy pick-up! Come on down and have a romp!
The Mingo neighborhood of Tulsa contains pet-friendly, 2,800-acre Mohawk Park, home to the Oxley Nature Center, hiking trails and vast expanses of green open space for running with the dogs or hanging a hammock for a relaxing swing with Fido by your side. The overall park is huge and hosts the Tulsa Zoo, athletic facilities and playgrounds, but the fun part for the doggo is the trails. Covering over 60 miles, most of the trails welcome Fido on leash but some don’t, so be sure to check the signs. The trails run alongside and over creeks, through densely wooded areas, around lakes and over marshes, with surprising views at every turn. This is a dog and dog-lover’s dream! Arf!
Skiatook is a town northwest of Sperry, and its Rt 20/ Timberwood neighborhood is home to Skiatook Lake, which boasts about 160 miles of shoreline featuring dramatic bluffs with views of the lake. Formed by a dam on Hominy Creek, the lake is known for sport fishing and several different species of fish can be landed there, but surrounding the lake are prairie and woodlands that contain deer and wild birds along with small mammals for your furry buddy to see and smell. The 1,600 public use acres offer hiking, picnicking and camping, along with access to the river for water sports, plus restrooms. The Overlook is a building made of wood and flagstone that offers exceptional views of the dam, water and oak trees, along with a comfort station. It’s a great place to stop with Fido, relax and enjoy the woofderful outdoors of Oklahoma.
Sand Springs is a town approximately 13 miles southwest of Sperry that features the Katy Trail. The trail runs from Sandy Springs to Tulsa, a distance of 8 miles. Surfaced with asphalt, it is suitable for walking with Fido on his leash, biking, inline skating and is wheelchair accessible. This rail-trail passes through urban areas, as well as along suburban tree-lined streets in Sand Springs, and connects with spurs from neighborhoods, parks and shopping districts. There is 9-hour parking near where the trail crosses Main Street, and more parking at River City Park. Conveniently placed water fountains and gentle hills make this a pawrific trail for an outing with your fur-buddy! Try it soon!