Oak Mountain State Park is home to the Alabama Wildlife Center, a center for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. The Treetop trail is a short 1.5 hike which take trekkers past the lower bird habitats and ends at the Wildlife center. For a short hike, the trail is great as it winds its way along a small stream as it makes it way up the mountain. The path is rocky and passes through so pretty wet areas especially after a good rain shower.
Starting from the beach parking lot, take the marked trail into the woods just across the Terrace drive. To observe the habitats, take a right up the wooden stairs and follow the elevated boardwalk. As you proceed up the mountain, you will cross two wooden bridges before coming to the intersection of this trail with the Foothills (Yellow) trail. Continuing straight, the trail curve to the left and makes it final uphill climb to the wildlife center.
After stopping at the Wildlife center, take the trail back down to the Foothills intersection. For a slightly longer hike, turn left and continue across the wooden bridge onto the Yellow-Green connector. The trail winds uphill opposite the Foothills trail until it crests at the top of the short ridge and intersects the Peavine (Green) trail. Turn right onto the Peavine trail to return to the beach parking lot.
For a quick hike everyone can enjoy, the Treetop trail is a good choice. This short loops offers a variety of terrain and scenery, prefect for a day at Oak Mountain.
The Treetop trail is located across from the beach 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 3/4 miles to the beach parking area (on the right).