With 9,940 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is the largest state park in Alabama. The hiking is some of the best in the state, as well, with many routes to choose from. Oak Mountain boasts 25 miles of hiking trails for all experience levels. If the challenge doesn’t take your breath away, the views certainly will.
Take the White Trail (aka Shackleford Point Trail), a 12.8 mile round-trip where you’ll be able to climb to the park’s highest point, Shackleford Point, at an elevation of 1,260 feet. The Yellow Trail is about 16 miles round-trip and follows around Lake Tranquility, ending at Peavine Falls Road. From either of these trails, you can access Maggie’s Glen, a peaceful paradise nestled at the bank of a stream surrounded by various kinds of plants and trees. The Blue Trail is 13.4 miles round-trip and will give you a thigh-burning climb to the ridge, which you’ll follow along all the way to the parking lot of Peavine Falls.
If you’re looking for a challenge, the Green Trail is one option. Also known as the Peavine Falls trail, the route is only 3.8 miles round trip. Though the shortest, this trail is also the steepest. The Lake Trail is both a hiking and biking trail, so lookout for the two-wheeled visitors. It is 2.3 miles long and would make a nice, leisurely stroll around the peaceful waters of the lake. The Wildlife Center Trail is a fun one because it leads up to the Wildlife Center (a must-see before you leave the park), and because it will take you to the Treetop Nature Trail.
Moving from dirt trail to a beautiful boardwalk, the Treetop Nature Trail is studded with cages where injured and rehabilitated birds of prey call home. Each trail is marked clearly, so you could easily grab a map of the park from the office, plan out your route, pack a picnic and take the family.
Oak Mountain State Park doesn’t just focus on its hiking and biking, however. They are all about community, especially with the programs offered throughout the year. Birds of Alabama event where you can learn about birds and make a bird nest craft while on a trail; Lake Trail Hike where you can take a walk around the lake with the Park Naturalist; or Fly Fishing Classes where you can sharpen your skills as an angler. All are designed to either get you outside in the sun and have some fun, or sharpen your skills in the outdoors.
Oak Mountain State Park is sure to refresh your spirit and steal your heart.