The Foothills Trail is the longest trail at Oak Mountain State Park with a total length of 8.0 miles. The trail starts and ends at the south and north trail heads running almost the full length of the park. Starting at the south trail head, the trail climbs uphill and then back down to interested with the horse trail before again climbing and descending into a valley between the ridges. The trail follows the valley for a quarter of a mile where it intersects perpendicular the Peavine Trail. Continuing on, the trail winds through along the valley before crossing a ridge and intersecting with the Treetop trail. After crossing the Treetop trail, the Foothills trail ascents a steep hill as it makes it way towards the nature center road. After crossing a small bridge and the road, the trail take a slow descent into the next valley and crosses a small bridge over one of Oak Mountain Lake’s tributaries. Turning sharp, after the bridge, the path narrows and follows the hillside coming to a water crossing and again interesting the horse trail. At this point, the two trails run together for close to a quarter of a mile, before the the Foothills trail turns back downhill and descends into a lower less wooded area. Trekking another mile along a ridge line, the makes a final descent into Camp Road.
The trail is heavily forested with both hardwoods and pines. The path itself is rocky at times and transcends several steep elevation changes along this 2.4 mile section. Birds are abundant and wildflowers prevalent during the spring. If you’re looking for a good hike that requires a moderate level of exercise, the Foothills trail is a great option.
The south trail head is located closest to the main entrance to Oak Mountain. Off Cahaba Valley Valley at the I-65 junction, take State Park Rd to John Findley Drive. Continue through the main entrance 3 miles to Terrace Drive, turn left and continue 1-1/2 miles to the south trail head.