Walking Bartlesville’s Pathfinder Parkway

Pathfinder Parkway

Pathfinder Parkway

Bartlesville is blessed with the Pathfinder Parkway, roughly 11 miles of paved walking, jogging, and bicycling trails that meander along the Caney River and Turkey Creek to connect the Johnstone, Robinwood, Sooner, and Jo Allyn Lowe parks. Conceived by former city planner Joel Smith and made into a 1976 bicentennial project, the parkway is now mostly eight feet wide and also runs by Eastland shopping center, Bartlesville High School, and First Wesleyan Church.

Below is Granger Meador’s updated map of the trail system and parking areas, based on an original map by the Bartlesville Area Friends of the Parks. Click on the image to enlarge it. You can also download his printable PDF map and view an online spreadsheet with detailed mileage information.


Interactive Google Map

Granger also created an online interactive Google Map of the Pathfinder Parkway.

Bridge Together Project

Caney River Bridge

Caney River Bridge

The boards on the large pedestrian bridge over the Caney River were rotting away and needed to be replaced. Bob Pomeroy spearheaded raising funds for the effort. Donors like Granger helped buy new planks, which were installed by October 2013. 

Pathfinder Bridge Deck Boards Replaced

Pathfinder Bridge Deck Boards Replaced

Completing and Expanding the Parkway

For years Granger has hoped that the city would complete the connection from Robinwood to Sooner Park to follow a half-mile section of Turkey Creek from Highway 75 over to Frank Phillips Boulevard. Then we’d have a complete creekside trail from Eastland Center over to the Will Rogers Complex. He has seen a map claiming this will get done…we shall see.

Closing the Gap in the Pathfinder Parkway

The Future Southeast Park and the Pathfinder Parkway

The city is only growing south and east and US 75 is a formidable barrier separating Jo Allyn Lowe Park from newer neighborhoods along east Price Road and south Madison Boulevard. The city has property to the east of Washington Park Mall which has been proposed to become Southeast or Price Park. Granger would like to see that new park built and the Pathfinder Parkway extended from Jo Allyn Lowe Park via Colonial Estates to the new park near the First United Methodist Church campus. He hopes the Pathfinder Parkway would then be extended on the east side of town to connect the new park to Sooner Park, passing through the Tri-County Tech campus and up by the Village Apartments.


14 responses to “Walking Bartlesville’s Pathfinder Parkway

  1. Karen Keller

    April 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Thank you for your pix of Mt. Nebo. My son has played football at Arkansas Tech for 2 years now and I have attempted to plead, beg and bribe him to hike the trails with me. This Saturday is his Spring game and with your pix I hope I can convince him to join me. As you said some the spots made you pause before you attempted them. I don’t think I should attempt the trail alone, so I hope he will be more receptive to my urges this time.

    The spring has been very rainy and the waterfalls should still be productive. He has, yet another, a new girlfriend and I will also appeal to him.
    The spring game is at 10:00 am. the morning low is expected to be 44 with a high of 76, so the weather should be perfect. If I don’t get him this time, I’ll just brave the elements alone – making sure the park rangers know I am out there alone.

    Wish me luck./

  2. Amos Radlnger

    February 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Great post. The extensions to the Pathfinder could be done. I would be willing to join a group that wants to try and make it happen.

  3. KF

    February 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I also would be interested in working on a committee aimed at extending Pathfinder around the city.

  4. Granger Meador

    March 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I’d like for the next city bond to fund a start on Price Park, extending Pathfinder over to it, and closing the gap between Atwoods and the Will Rogers Complex. We shall see.

    • Nate

      April 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I have just started walking Pathfinder the past few months and my only complaint is the gap from Will Roger School to the Trail Head at Atwoods, all the traffic drives my dog Duke crazy. I would also like to see the city inprove on that area of the trail, and would be willing to support anything we can do to try to get the city to act on this.

  5. Bob Curtis

    March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Mr Maedor,

    Hopefully you can help me out. Back in the 50’s/60’s, was there a large asphalt race track located between Tuxido Ave and Frank Phillips Ave, just about where the orchird is located? I have asked many people about this about this and have always got a no, but I could sworn that my Dad took me by there one time when I was a kid and showed me it. I beleave he said it was not used very often.

    Thanks …..

  6. Michael

    September 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Great work with the map. I’m visiting for a couple months and this was super helpful plotting a course for running. Thanks.

    FYI: there is a slight variation between your original map and the one created for Google at the lead up to the suspension bridge.

    • Granger Meador

      September 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks for letting me know of the discrepancy – I’ve tweaked the online map to be more accurate.


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