Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oak Mountain State Park

Today was a moving day.  We’re now settled in at Oak Mountain State Park.  We paid for three nights, but who knows how long we’ll stay.

We had a beautiful day for traveling even if it was on the cold side.  Because overnight temperatures were forecasted to be about 27 degrees last night, Gene unhooked our water and sewer lines late yesterday afternoon.  That only left the electricity for this morning.  Getting the car hitched was a cold job. We definitely needed gloves to handle all those icy tow bar parts.

We took I-65 the 60 or so miles to the Oak Mountain exit.  There were a few rough spots, but for the most part I-65 is in good condition except in Birmingham.  Through Birmingham was the roughest ride we’ve had in a long time.  Plus there were a few miles of construction.  By the time we got to our exit we were more than ready to be off the interstate.

Oak Mountain State Park covers nearly 10,000 acres just on the outskirts of Birmingham.  It seems this park has it all--hiking trails, mountain biking, horse trails, golf course, a lake for canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats, swimming, and two fishing lakes.  They have cabins as well as a large campground for overnight visitors.

The campground has over a 100 sites, most of which are RV sites with full hook-ups and free WiFi.  The campground is wooded, but there are sites that are more open than others.  The sites are spacious like you would expect in a state park and this campground will accommodate big rigs.  The interior roads are paved and the parking pads are gravel and most are pull-thrus.  I didn’t walk around the campground too much, but of the few sites I saw many had pretty good sized ruts in the parking pads.  The site we’re in does, as well, and it’ll be a rough spot to get over when we’re ready to leave.  The sites are nearly level.

The campground is situated on one end of Beaver Lake.  I walked down there this afternoon to check it out.  With the rain this week, there seems to be plenty of water in the lake.  Some sections of the lake trail are too wet to walk on.  We’ll save that trail for a few days.
At the very end of the lake it looks like it may be out of bounds a little.

I think that’ll do for today.  Thanks for tagging along.

1 comment:

  1. enjoy your stay!!..hope the weather warms up for you soon!