Double Oak Mountain, an Alabama Marvel
Alabama is not only known for its beauty, but it is notorious for its diversity in outdoor activities as well as popular shopping and dining destinations. Double Oak Mountain, a ridge south of Birmingham and home to Alabama’s largest state park, has developed into a trendy area to appreciate all of that. Historical and cultural influences draw more and more people every year from around the globe.
Oak Mountain State Park is the largest park in Alabama and is approximately 9,940 acres of outdoor bliss. Boasting over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, the park is now listed by the International Mountain Biking Association as one of the most epic rides in the world. Outdoor enthusiasts from all over come here to enjoy impressive views while hiking on one of the many trails, the highest reaching elevations of 1,260 feet.
The park also offers a variety of water activities and rentals—paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. You can bring your own non-gasoline powered boat or rent a jon boat from the marina for an afternoon of fishing and relaxation on one of the three stocked lakes. Or if you would rather do absolutely nothing, grab a chair and book and relax on either of the two beaches that are available for your leisure.
If nature is not your pleasure, try shopping at some of the local retailers or enjoy a show at the legendary Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. This remarkable outdoor venue has been appreciated by many great artists from all over the world. Aside from musical performances, the amphitheater hosts a variety of other events including a state fair every year. For a detailed listed of upcoming events, you can find a calendar at TheOakMountainAmphitheater.com.
Mountain High Outfitters,
127 Summit Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35243
1. Horizon 2.0 Roll-Up Shorts, The North Face, $50
2. Wynonna Shirt, Kavu, $65
3. Terradora Low Waterproof Hiking Shoes, Keen, $130
4. Amphi 8.5″ Short, Exofficio, $65
5. Mens’ Skiff Shirt, Mountain Khakis, $99.95
6. Men’s Mantra 2.0, Vasque, $129.99
3054 Independence Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209
1. AFTCO Men’s Original Fishing Shorts, $55
2. Columbia Men’s Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt, $48
3. Teva Men’s Mush II Flip-Flops, $25
4. Joe’s Jeans Women’s Markie Shorts, $54
5. prAna Women’s Brina Top, $60
6. Teva Women’s Olowahu Flip-Flops, $25