Summary: This is a fairly easy hike with a couple of fairly steep uphill sections. This hike would be a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. The hike starts next to Treetop Nature Center where you can see some of the wildlife from Alabama in a zoo-like setting. The animals where injured at one point or another and are cared for by staff from the Wildlife Nature Center in the park. Follow the Treetop Nature Trail up the hill until it intersects with the Yellow Trail. At this point follow the Yellow Trail, which eventually leads back to Terrace Drive where it's just a short walk back to the parking location. During the hike on the Yellow Trail you will encounter a couple of small creeks, which are easily crossed, as well as, some beautiful scenery in a very serene setting.
Trailhead: To reach the Trailhead in Oak Mtn State Park travel I-65 to Cahaba Valley Road (Exit 246). Follow the signs to Oak Mtn State Park. You will travel State Park Road to the entrance of Oak Mtn State Park. Once entering Oak Mtn State Park, follow John Findley Drive approximately a mile until you see Terrace Drive on your right. Follow Terrace Drive to the Oak Mtn Beach parking area (across from the Wildlife Nature Trail). Park at the Oak Mtn Beach parking area. The entrance to the Treeptop Nature Trail is directly across the street from the parking area and branches off from the trail which leads to the steps going up to the Treetop Nature Center. There is a $2 fee for adults to enter the park and a $1 fee for children. (Lat:33.3253 Lon:-86.75733)
Trail Guides for Oak Mtn Treetop / Yellow Trail Loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Alabama State Park 205-620-2520
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Johns, who has posted 15 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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