How to plan the perfect day at Oak Mountain State Park – Bham Now

As Alabama’s largest state park, Oak Moutain has plenty of things to do for all levels of experience, from the average nature enjoyer to the expert mountain biker. Keep reading to find out how to plan for the perfect visit at Oak Mountain State Park.
Rise and shine! If you’re up for it, an early morning hike is one of the best ways to start the day. You beat the afternoon heat while also improving your cognitive function for the rest of the day.
Try these different level trails at Oak Mountain State Park:
EASY
MODERATE
HARD
Marina Rentals on Terrace Drive has single kayaks, canoes and paddleboards available for you to rent during the warmer seasons.
If you want to try out fishing, Marina offers fishbait as well!
For more water activities, check out Flipside Watersports, a cable wakeboard park, to see what you can rent depending on the season.
Live out your cowboy dreams by paying the goats, chickens and pigs a visit at Demonstration Farm.
Not only are you on the farm surrounded by lovely animals, but you get to pet and feed them too! However, you may still want to bring extra hand sanitizer.
Have a great round of golf at The Oaks, an 18-hole championship course.
This mountaintop refugee is the oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Alabama. Take a short walk on the boardwalk built around the homes of the Bald Eagle and the Eurasian Eagle Owl.
If you have a hunting license, then you should visit the Oak Mountain State Park Community Archery Park near The Oaks golf course.
It’s open year-round during daylight hours for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programming.
Currently, Oak Mountain State Park has approximately 25 miles of horseback riding trails and with more miles to be added! Some trails take you along the edge of the lake, others follow the valley’s lush hardwood forest. There is a trail for everyone to love.
Check out their horseback riding options:
Geocaching is known as a recreational activity where participants find containers marked by coordinates. If this sounds like your kinda fun, then submit a permit to a park manager.
It’s fun for all ages! You don’t need a permit and you can even bring your own items to hide.
For good vibes and great food, end your day by grabbing a bite at the new Creekside BBQ restaurant. You can find this BBQ joint off of the scenic road you take to get to Oak Mountain, in what was once the old Waffle House.
OMBC has a tasty variety of beers in their taproom. So you can grab a cold one and relax after an eventful day at Oak Mountain.
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