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Honor Heights Park
Muskogee
County

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From the 1986 edition of A Guide to Birding in Oklahoma published by the Tulsa Audubon Society. This account was partially reviewed and updated in 2007.


Exit from the Muskogee Turnpike at US 69 on the north side of Muskogee. Drive 6 miles south and turn west (right) onto Tahlequah St. This street goes up the east side of Honor Heights Hill to the Veterans Administration Hospital. About halfway up the hill there is a Kiwanis Youth Camp sign. Park in the old roadway to the right and enter the area on foot. Permission is not necessary.

This portion of the park has been left in its natural state for outings by youth groups and as a nature preserve. It is wooded with large trees, primarily elm, oak and hackberry, with a dense undergrowth of shrubs and greenbrier. A road and a number of paths branch out from the camp.

The east slope is one of the best places in the state to observe warblers during spring migration. Thirty-one species have been recorded.

The west portion of the park consists of beautifully landscaped gardens, lily pools, a lake and a picnic grounds. Here the largest display of Azaleas in the Southwest is at its best in mid-April. Muskogee is about 50 miles from Tulsa.

Henry Bresser Nature Trail
Located at Honor Heights Park the Bresser Trail is named after former Parks & Recreation Director Henry Bresser. It is a wooded mile nature trail with well-defined paths, sitting areas and picnic tables built by the WPA during the 1930s.

Audubon Trail
Located at Honor Heights Park this mile nature trail dedicated to birding is popular with birdwatchers from all over northeastern Oklahoma. The trailhead for the Audubon Trail is below the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center on Buffalo Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

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