Are you planning a trip to Alabama this winter? Do you like to hike when there is a chill in the air? If so, you may want to think about visiting one of the state’s parks. Several of them offer excellent opportunities for winter hiking. With that said, here’s a quick peek at a few of my favorites:
Oak Mountain State Park
Shelby County’s Oak Mountain State Park features more than 45 miles of winter hiking trails and year round cabin rentals. In addition, there is a great wildlife center located onsite. It also opens year round and offers opportunities to check out rescued birds. Paths to consider exploring include the White Trail and the Treetop Nature Trail. The park tends to open daily and admission is free.
Buck’s Pocket State Park
Buck’s Pocket State Park is located in DeKalb County. It features 20 miles of winter hiking trails. I’d suggest that hikers ponder exploring the path that leads to the Jim Lynn Overlook Area. Once the fall foliage has thinned out, the overlook area offers panoramic views. There are also opportunities for winter bird watching. The park typically opens daily at 7 a.m. Restrooms are located on premise and admission is gratis.
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park is located in Baldwin County. It features miles of dog friendly, winter hiking trails and year round cabin rentals. Routes that I would recommend taking include the Hurricane Ridge Trail, the Bear Creek Trail and the Holly Trail. Each one offers interesting vistas and opportunities to catch sight of the area’s wildlife. Creatures that call the park home include woodpeckers, alligators and deer. The park opens daily and admission is complimentary.
Chewacla State Park
Chewacla State Park is located in Lee County. It features more than 4 miles of winter hiking trails and year round cabin rentals. Visitors may also bring their dogs into the park. Hikers seeking a workout may want to consider exploring the .8 mile long Mountain Laurel Trail or the 1.4 mile long Deer Rub Trail. The Mountain Laurel Trail also offers views of the park’s lake and waterfalls. The park usually opens daily.
Lake Guntersville State Park
Lake Guntersville State Park is located in Marshall County. There are several things that make this park a marvelous winter destination. Among them are 36 miles of hiking trails, year round lodging facilities and opportunities to learn about wintering bald eagles. Paths that I would recommend exploring include the Cutchenmine Trail, the King’s Chapel Trail and the Terrell Trail. The park generally opens daily.
Source: Personal Experience
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