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A Day Trip To Oak Mountain State Park

Updated on August 3, 2017

Photos of Oak Mountain

This is a picture of the beach area at Oak Mountain State Park. It has covered areas for grilling out.
This is a picture of the beach area at Oak Mountain State Park. It has covered areas for grilling out. | Source
A once wounded hawk that now lives in the sanctuary at the park. It's very educational touring the Wildlife refuge at Oak Mountain.
A once wounded hawk that now lives in the sanctuary at the park. It's very educational touring the Wildlife refuge at Oak Mountain. | Source
Treetop Nature Trail.  This area also houses the bird sanctuary. Hawks, Owls and even Vultures are located in this area of the park.
Treetop Nature Trail. This area also houses the bird sanctuary. Hawks, Owls and even Vultures are located in this area of the park. | Source
Art work made out of bottle caps. You never know what you'll find at this entertaining and educational park.
Art work made out of bottle caps. You never know what you'll find at this entertaining and educational park. | Source
Some more art work that you will find at the park.  This one is painted on boards that look like they might be sections of a fence.
Some more art work that you will find at the park. This one is painted on boards that look like they might be sections of a fence. | Source
Beautiful, peaceful scenery on the Treetop Nature Trail.
Beautiful, peaceful scenery on the Treetop Nature Trail. | Source
I made this picture of the water in between swims.  It is so peaceful and beautiful here. They have fishing and canoes constantly going on in this Lake.
I made this picture of the water in between swims. It is so peaceful and beautiful here. They have fishing and canoes constantly going on in this Lake. | Source
All of the park is very pretty and there are so many different things to do.
All of the park is very pretty and there are so many different things to do. | Source

Things To Do

There are a lot of things to do at Oak Mountain State Park. During the summer months, when people do most all of their traveling, the parks and beaches pick up the business. Alabama is very fortunate to have so many different locations across our state with beautiful parks. There are so many opportunities to get outside, and do something with the family. One of the activities that a family could do together is to spend a day at the park and enjoy the beautiful scenery. In each direction, and as far as you can see, there's water and trees. You will enjoy the many activities that the park offers.

There are several things to do at Oak Mountain.

1. Swimming- There is nothing like swimming in the lake. It is great to feel the sand between your toes and not be very far from home. This is the ideal situation. At Oak Mountain, there's a nice man-made beach area where you can bring your beach chairs and umbrellas and relax. You are welcome to bring a cooler if you would like as well. Even though the beach is man-made, this is a great place to come and stick your toes in the sand and the water is nice as well.

If you swim, you are bound to get hungry.

2. Grilling- It is not a bad idea to take the food and plan on staying for the day at the park and grill out at the facilities that are provided for you. If you choose, you can stay overnight in the camping area. The grill area is nice and there are plenty of tables to eat at or, you could eat on a blanket in the shade. A good plan is to catch fish at the lake and grill them on site for friends and the family.

3. Hiking- There are multiple trails in Oak Mountain and there different degrees of trails, from the easiest to the most experienced. The trails have a caged bird area with several bird species on display.

4. Biking- Bicycles are also welcome at the park. There's a bicycle lane throughout the park to let you know it's rider friendly. As with the hiking trails there are different degrees of trails to choose from. Tons of mountain bikes can be seen cruising the trails.

5. Disc Golf- I remember seeing a disc golf course at the park where I grew up but, these things are popping up every where. There is a disc golf course at Oak Mountain. Head's Up!!

6. Volleyball- There's an area to play volleyball that is like playing on the beach. There's a man-made beach area to let off some steam. People often bring birdies and rackets out and play badminton with the volley ball net.

7. Bird Trail- Areas have been set up also for the nature lover. Cages for several different birds are set up along the trail for our observing pleasure. The sounds you will hear on the bird trail is nature at it's best and it is simply delightful.

8. Fishing- There are designated areas to fish here and some of the fish that are in the lake are bass, catfish, croppie. Friendly reminder: Don't forget to have a valid fishing license and stickers on your boats!!

9. Paddle Boats- Can be rented to take a very slow tour of the lake. Just remember, however far you paddle and or float out in the paddle boat, you have that far to get back in to the shore. It is fun for sight seeing and your legs will get a workout.

10. Horseback Riding- There are trails for horseback riding. The trails are color coated for degree of difficulty. Trails are clearly marked making it fun to ride. There's a large barn where the horses are housed.

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Planning a time with families is hard during this day and time. A weekend get-a-way at the lake is a great idea to get away. Whether coming for the day or staying overnight, a good time is sure to be had by all. If you don't like so much nature...The City of Birmingham is not too far away and you can go shopping and come back to the camp site.

Teenagers will probably bring their Ipad's, Ipod's and any other electronic device known to man. To truly enjoy nature, I feel like you need to enjoy the trails, the water, the fishing and just clear your mind. If it were me going, I would take some sunscreen, a good book, bathing suit and lounge chair and curl up with a good book. In my opinion, their would probably be more family time if the devices were left at home and you could truly have some quality time.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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