Oak Mountain State Park unveils new 2.8 mile multi-use trail

Oak Mountain State Park
Commisionser Chris Blankenship and Shelby County Commissioner Lindsey Allison cutting the ribbon on a new trail at Oak Mountain State Park (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Oak Mountain State Park unveiled a new 2.8 mile multi-use trail at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.


The new Lunker Lake Trail was made possible  through a partnership involving the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Shelby County Commission and the Shelby County Park and Recreation Authority (SCPARA).

“It’s always wonderful to offer a new outdoor activity at any of our 21 Alabama State Parks,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “We’re fortunate to work with our outstanding partners here in Shelby County to build this trail and help make Oak Mountain State Park better than ever. We thank all of the local leaders and SCPARA for helping make this trail a reality.”

The Trail

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Path at Lake Lunker Trail (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

The dirt trail features varying widths, and is designed to be a haven for mountain biking, running and walking. 

The path circles the lake and provides breathtaking views of the water as it meanders along the shoreline and through the forest. 

Wanted: Open Space

At the ribbon-cutting Shelby County Commissioner Lindsey Allison commented to the crowd about the new trail,  

“Our Shelby County planning department  just completed our comprehensive study. Do you know what the number one thing the residents of Shelby County wanted? Of course they want good schools, public safety and  good roads. The number one thing they want is open space and parks. We’re here to deliver.” 

The trail can be accessed near the Lunker Lake boat launch or from the Oak Mountain Bike Trailhead parking area.

“It’s so rewarding that we could all come together and build this trail at Oak Mountain State Park,” added Commissioner Allison. 

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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