Before Word Gets Out, Visit Alabama's Newest Hiking & Mountain Biking Trail
By Lisa Battles|Published September 20, 2023
Lisa has traveled the U.S. for over a decade, seeking out and sharing the stories of its most interesting places, people, and experiences. A journalism graduate of Auburn University, she has been a content strategist, editor, and writer for more than 25 years. Lisa has worked in community news, PR, and marketing with a focus on tourism, hospitality, and economic development. Besides following her curiosity around every corner, she's a devoted dog mom of two and advocate for animal welfare.
A new hiking trail in Pelham, Alabama may be the answer – at least for a moment – for those of us who enjoy nature the most when we can hear ourselves think, or at least tune into more chattering of the woods, water, and their creatures than the sounds of other people. Why? Because it’s new, and crowds haven’t discovered it yet. It feels especially rare to have that experience at a well-known place like Alabama’s largest state park, Oak Mountain State Park. The Lunker Lake Trail opened in April 2023 and offers that vibe – for now.
I experienced the internal conflict recently visiting a lifetime favorite trail at a state park in Kentucky that has risen in popularity only in the last few years. I was excited to make my annual holiday weekend visit and yet knew right away I should have arrived at least one hour earlier that morning to have the trail more to myself. So how do you please new visitors while meeting the expectations of repeat guests looking to sustain quieter traditions? Thoughtfully create new paths. A partnership of local and state groups rose to the challenge with the Lunker Lake Trail at Oak Mountain State Park.