Alabama’s eleventh community archery park will held its grand opening on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Oak Mountain State Park. The Oak Mountain State Park Community Archery Park is located within the park on Findlay Drive near The Oaks golf course. In it's 1st year of being open, many events have taken place. There is at least one person there every day.
The archery park will be open year-round during daylight hours for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programming. The facility includes an eight-target adult range from 15 to 50 yards, an eight-target youth range of 5 to 20 yards and a four-target range of 10 to 40 yards. The park also features a 12-foot shooting platform for bowhunters to practice shooting from an elevated position.
Use of the archery park is free for those under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age. Oak Mountain State Park entry fees still apply. Alabamians ages 16 to 64 must have a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area license, or Wildlife Heritage license in order to shoot. For non-residents, an annual Wildlife Management Area license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at outdooralabama.com.
Oak Mountain joins 10 other community archery parks currently in operation throughout the state including Athens, Cullman, Dothan, Demopolis, Decatur, Foley, Heflin, Lincoln, Tuscaloosa and Ozark. These facilities are one component of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) effort to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery.
The Oak Mountain archery park was made possible by the following sponsors: Shelby County, ADCNR’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Archery Trade Association.
Other recreational activities available at Oak Mountain State Park include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, geocaching, golf, BMX and pump tracks, playground areas, basketball courts, kayak and paddle board rentals, and cable skiing among others.
For more information about the Oak Mountain State Park Community Archery Park, call the park office at (205) 620-2520. For more information about Oak Mountain State Park, visit www.alapark.com/oak-mountain-state-park.