LAKE LURLEEN | AL
Location: 13226 Lake Lurleen Road Coker, Alabama
Two of my goals this year, are to get outside more to enjoy nature and to get back into photography. Living in such a digital world now, it’s easy to get distracted with technology and stay inside. I know for myself, I have been guilty of watching way too much Netflix this past year. This is something I think many of us can relate to. Moving to a new place has given me the opportunity to explore and turn my goals for this year into reality. Last weekend was perfect hiking weather, so me and a friend decided to check out some new trails in Alabama.
WHAT TO BRING
For the hike I brought my Herschel backpack, Canon camera and Swell water bottle. You will definitely work up a sweat on these trails, especially with summer just around the corner, so I recommend bringing plenty of water. For clothes I wore yoga capris, a lightweight Old Navy tank top and Nike tennis shoes. After hiking the trail I noticed there were a lot of large roots, so next time I think I’ll bring my hiking boots so I don’t roll an ankle.
Our adventure started at Lake Lurleen State Park, located at 13226 Lake Lurleen Road Coker, Alabama. The state park has a variety of trails for all skill levels, fishing and overnight camping. I am more of a beginner hiker, so the easy trails were a perfect place to start. The state park is open Monday through Sunday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. There is a fee before entering the park, $4 for adults which can be paid with either cash or credit. Some people may think paying a fee is a hassle, but I’ve noticed it helps keep state parks clean and safe for everyone.
Since this was our first time at this park, my friend and I decided the Lakeside Trail would be a great place to start (blue trail). The trail is a total of 4 miles long, 2 miles till you reach the dam and then 2 miles back. The trail was absolutely beautiful and it follows the water most of the hike. I didn’t realize how much I needed a breath of fresh air until I was outside. Whenever I’m outside surrounded by nature, I am at peace with myself and life, I think sometimes I forget how wonderful that feels. In life it’s easy to get caught up in our busy schedules through the week, and to not realize when we need a break. This year I plan to detach more from technology, live in the moment and enjoy nature with friends and family.
It looks like I’m not the only one with this goal. When we reached the dam, I noticed a couple families sitting on the rocks, listening to the water falling and enjoying lunch together. The dam is a perfect place to stop and grab a quick snack before you hike back. Now I know for next time. On the trail, there was also plenty of other friendly hikers and people walking their dogs. If you’re a dog lover like me, then this is the trail for you. My friend and I were in heaven, trying to soak up all the cuteness as they passed.
I would definitely recommend this park to anyone and I cant wait to go back and explore the other trails. If you live close to Lake Lurleen State Park, I encourage you to bring a friend, get outside and create a new adventure together. Feel free to share your journey below in the comments. Happy Exploring!