Explore the trails at OMSP on June 6

Published 3:27 pm Monday, May 18, 2015

Visitors can enjoy a free, guided hike at OMSP on June 6. (File)

Visitors can enjoy a free, guided hike at OMSP on June 6. (File)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

PELHAM—Celebrate National Trails Day with Oak Mountain State Park. In honor of the day, Oak Mountain State Park will hold a free, family-friendly hike on June 6 led by naturalist Emily Cook.

The hike will begin at Treetop Nature Trail on Terrace Drive and continue for about two miles through the park’s Yellow Trail.

“It’ll be a loop that’s pretty cool to do,” Cook said, noting the trail’s gentle terrain.

The hike is expected to take roughly two hours. Participants should dress “appropriately for the weather” and bring bug spray and plenty of water, Cook suggested.

The hike is open to families, although Cook cautioned that strollers will not be able to maneuver on the terrain. Additionally “well-behaved dogs on leashes” are welcome, Cook said.

Along the hike, Cook will discuss the nature and wildlife found at the nearly 10,000-acre park.

Oak Mountain State Park has a wide variety of trails—hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and interpretive—and with more than 70 combined miles of trail, it has the most of any Alabama state park.

With the exception of the lake trail, each trail at Oak Mountain State Park is activity-specific. The park’s interpretive trail, Treetop Nature Trail, offers visitors a chance to learn while walking. The trail features enclosures housing some of Alabama’s native birds and information about each species.

For more information about Oak Mountain State Park and upcoming events, visit Alapark.com/oak-mountain-state-park.