EDMOND — Rider Terri Folks calls the equestrian trails near Edmond’s Arcadia Lake "a little jewel that has potential.” Singing birds, playing wildlife and running water are found along the sandy trails winding through the tall trees.
"It is quiet and peaceful,” she said. There is no doubt in Folks’ mind these trails could become an inviting destination for hundreds of faithful horse riders in the state. She said there also are grants out there to help pay for the development of the trails. Equestrian trails, with rest rooms, showers, camping and picnic areas, are on city-owned and federal-owned lakes. In Oklahoma, hundreds of miles of equestrian trails, many well developed and maintained, are open. Riders often volunteer to help plan, build and maintain riding trails. Equestrians Camellia Foster of Duncan and Deanna Hamilton of Seminole know what it takes to put in miles of trails and provide upkeep. Foster said she spent many hours at city meetings planning the trails at the city-owned Duncan Lake. Today, she still spends a lot of her time keeping the trails up. "We could not afford to hire our cleanup,” Foster said.