about

Redbud Valley offers a rugged one mile trail that takes hikers through a variety of habitats, ranging from flood-plain forest and shady north-facing slopes to limestone bluffs and dry upland forest.

Our Purpose

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. 

Our HISTORY

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.

 
 

HOURS

8:00 AM To 5:00 PM

Open Friday through Sunday

Closed: Mondays through Thursdays

 

Hiking after these hours is

not allowed.

Interpretive building is open

Friday through Sunday

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(Closed most City holidays)

 

NO ACCESS BEFORE OR AFTER

ADMISSION: FREE

Things to do (and not do)…

 

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.

 

TO RESPECT THE PRESERVE PLEASE…

 

  • DO NOT Ride your bike on the trails

  • DO NOT Walk your dog or other pet

  • DO NOT Play a radio

  • DO NOT Have a picnic outside of the picnic area

  • DO NOT Go fishing

  • DO NOT Go hunting

  • DO NOT Target practice with gun, bow or air rifle

  • DO NOT Make a fire

  • DO NOT Go swimming

  • DO NOT Camp overnight

  • DO NOT Use fireworks

  • DO NOT Rock climb

  • DO NOT Hike off trail

  • DO NOT Take or collect things such as fossils, plants or animals

   

Note: This area has thin soils and is easily damaged. Hiking off trails kills plants, and exposes bare soil causing erosion. We encourage you to stay on the trails for your own safety.

 

Besides some very basic improvements, we have left the trails rough and rugged. They are steep in places, rocky in others, and frequently muddy and slick after rain. Use extra caution as you walk through the area.

TRAILS

Redbud Valley offers a rugged one mile trail that takes hikers through a variety of habitats, ranging from flood-plain forest and shady north-facing slopes to limestone bluffs and dry upland forest.

 

RULES

 
 

To get to Redbud Valley Nature Preserve from Tulsa take Highway 44 east toward Joplin. Exit at 161st East Avenue, which is exit #237. Then take two lefts to get on 161st East Avenue. Going north on 161st E Avenue will take you straight to Redbud which is on the left.

ADDRESS

Redbud Valley, 16150 Redbud Drive, Catoosa, OK 74015

DIRECTIONS

CONTACT

 

ADDRESS

Redbud Valley, N 161st E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74115

PHONE

(918) 596-9054