By Jerrica Lake, Intern & UAB Community Health & Human Services Student
Did you know Alabama’s largest state park can be found just outside its largest city?
Nature and Activities
Mountain biking and hiking are two of the park’s most popular activities, but there are plenty more activities to feed your interest!
- Lakeside beach with swimming
- Watersports cable skiing
- Boat rentals
- Picnic area
- Golfing (with a full 18-hole course and driving range)
- Mountain biking (with a pump track and BMX course)
- Basketball courts
Camping and Cabins
Summer camping is hallmark of the season and Oak Mountain has the perfect spots, but if that is not your speed, try the cabins! For guests, Oak Mountains’ lake cabins are a place of peace and tranquility! The cabin grounds are found around Lake Tranquility; a 28-acre lake tucked away in the foothills of the mountain. Oak Mountain State Park offers ten fully equipped cabins that are open year-round, each with two bedrooms and one bath.
Education and Learning
Life science and avian rehabilitation are key components of the park. The Alabama Wildlife Center provides rehabilitation services to injured birds every year to return them to the wild. Birds can be seen from the Tree Top Nature Trail. The Park is also home to the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, a 2,500 square foot interactive exhibit space and teaching laboratory. Families can enjoy nature programs (including a demonstration farm full of animals to feed and interact with) and visit the extensive equestrian center for horseback riding.
Whether you’re interested in a peaceful getaway, an action-packed weekend, or an educational experience, Oak Mountain has you covered.
Get active and check out your local area for parks!