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Blue Trail (South Rim Trail) Professional Review and Guide
"Although not the most difficult trail at Oak Mountain State Park, the Blue Trail does have some long, constant climbs for the first two miles of the trip up the side of Double Oak Mountain. Once on top, with the help of a little bushwhacking, you will be rewarded with superb views of surrounding mountains and the valley below. Alabama is blessed with some beautiful country—and the foresight to protect it. While each Alabama state park has something special, none offers more variety than Oak Mountain State Park. Located just fifteen minutes south of Birmingham, Oak Mountain’s offerings run the gamut from a championship eighteen-hole golf course to world-class mountain bike trails to vacation cottages. There is a horse stable where trail rides can be organized and even a demonstration farm. The park is the home of the Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which offers shelter and a place of recuperation for injured or orphaned animals."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
This is a moderately difficult trail for the first two miles. Mostly uphill at first but levels off at the top of the mountain. Once on top, take a short 200 yard hike off the trail for a breathtaking view. Several connectors allow you to make loops back to the trailhead. OK for kids 10 and up as well.
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