As most of you know, Brian & I moved from Oxford, Ohio to Birmingham, Alabama about a month ago. It has been crazy since then settling in, dealing with all the legal stuff, unpacking, etc. But finally, we’ve reached the point where we can begin to explore our new area and all it has to offer.
This past Saturday, we decided to go on a hike because of how beautiful it was outside. I searched on Pinterest for some hidden gems of hiking trails around the Birmingham area, and found that one of the most beautiful trails was about 20 minutes down the road for us. We hopped in the car and set off on our journey. We read that the Green Trail was the shortest hike (about 2 miles one way) with the steepest incline, so we decided on that one since we began the hike at 2:30PM; we didn’t want to hike in the dark, and we weren’t sure how long it would take.
We started off on the hike feeling great! We were excited to be out in nature with no cell service and no people around. The Green Trail has a connection path to the Peavine Falls, so we were stoked to check it out.
This is us^ on the beginning of the trail; 2:30PM.
At first, the trail didn’t seem too steep, but that didn’t last long. After 5 minutes of small inclines, the trail shot straight up, and the path was a lot more natural than we thought. We climbed and climbed, but kept positive attitudes, especially because the scenery was incredible.
On the way up; approx. 3:00PM.
If you hike at Oak Mountain, I recommend some strong-grip shoes! There was quite a bit of pine straw on the path, which made it slippery, especially on the steep inclines. We finally reached a point where the trail plateaued for a while. On the plateau were some beautiful wildflowers and TONS of fallen pinecones from a pine tree, so of course I had to take some photos (click on photos to enlarge/for better quality.)
After the plateau, there was a steep decline, and then some rocks, water, and bridges. We knew we were getting close to the falls!
Well, we finally made it to the top of the falls! We really wanted to go to the bottom of the falls and wade in the water, but it was quite a lengthy hike from the top, and it was nearing dusk. We agreed that we’d come back another time and start in the morning, so we would have all day to explore and not have to worry about it getting dark.
Brian was our navigator, which I was definitely fine with, considering I am known for getting “turned around” a time or two. Well, our navigator was too focused on the beauty of the Lord’s creation, and he missed the sign for the Green Trail, which led us to the 6 mile long White Trail. We didn’t realize this until we were a mile down it! We turned around and headed back to find the Green Trail sign. This endeavor tacked on an additional hour or so to our hike. Thankfully, the scenery was so incredible, we didn’t mind too much.
Friends & fam: I can’t wait till you come visit so we can take you to Oak Mountain State Park! We can hike if that’s your thing, or we could go to the “beach” there. It’s a beautiful park…I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to have it in my backyard.
^^Us after the hike, approx. 5:40PM.