Lake Lurleen Five Oaks Loop Trail

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Trail Distance: 3 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 225 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
Set within the woofderful Lake Lurleen State Park, one of Alabama's largest parks, the Five Oaks Loop Trail offers you and your canine gorgeous views of the pristine Lake Lurleen and of the heavily wooded forest. The Five Oaks Loop Trail is a scenic, rewarding hike to complete with your pup; but if you wish to explore it, you'll have to do quite the legwork to get there as it is an extension of the already 9-mile Tashka Trail and 2-mile Lakeside Trail. Don't be surprised to find yourself alone on this extension trail with your canine, amid the towering trees and chirping songbirds, which contrasts a lot with the moderately-trafficked Lakeside and Tashka Trail. 


Since the Five Oaks Loop Trail is designed for the more ambitious explorer, you'll want to make sure to bring the following: water, food, a trail map/GPS, bug repellent, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. It's also wise to wear proper hiking attire and carry emergency contact information. There are no poop bags along the trail, nor are there nearby restroom facilities, so going before is a must. Remember that this 3-mile loop is optional, and will increase the total hiking distance to around 15 miles. Being pawpared will set you up for success! 

As for the trail terrain, expect a steady incline with natural soil and rock. The Five Oaks Loop Trail does not present a more difficult hike that that of the Tashka Trail, it simply extends the journey into the deep forest. The Five Oaks Trail splits off from the Tashka Trail about halfway, winds down around the forest to reach great vistas of the lake, and then reconnects back to the Tashka Trail. Opting to hike the Five Oaks Trail means skipping ruffly 0.4 miles of the orignial Tashka Trail. 

Ultimately, the Five Oaks Loop Trail is a great hike to complete that will make you and your dog feel accomplished, and one that will make you sleep like puppies at night!

Trail Features
Forest, Loose Terrain, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Completing the Five Oaks Loop Trail will extend your hike to ruffly 15 miles. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you energized while hiking. Once beyond the Tashka Trail (on the Five Oaks Loop or another optional trail), you are in the wilderness area, with no shortcuts or detours back to the trailheads. Take caution and follow the park's on-leash pawlicy.
Address
13226 Lake Lurleen Road
Coker, AL 35452
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 7:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 7:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 7:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sat Closed
Sun 7:00 AM - Sunset
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Address
13226 Lake Lurleen Road
Coker, AL 35452
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 7:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 7:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 7:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sat Closed
Sun 7:00 AM - Sunset