Particularly in spring and fall, the hiking trails and wildflower garden should have migratory warblers. There are awe-inspiring, natural landscapes throughout this 70-year old park. Five miles of hiking trails offer access to hills of oak and pine forest, a bog sanctuary filled with birdsong, several small meadows, a 30-year wildflower garden which is on the Rosalynn Carter National Butterfly Trail, and a small lake hosting flocks of waterfowl year-round, particularly in winter months. Killdeer and Great Blue Herons are here throughout the seasons, as are resident Red-headed, Red-bellied, and Downy Woodpeckers. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers enjoy winters here. White-breasted Nuthatch are here all year, as well.
The lake provides good waters for Ring-necked Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes. Keep an eye out in the winter months for Hood Mergansers, Scaup, and, if you are lucky, a calling Common Loon. Barred Owls can often be heard calling in the distance; Red-tailed Hawks circle overhead and Coopers Hawks hunt in the thick woods. Bald Eagles are known to visit the lake frequently.
1544 Sportsman Lake Road NW
Cullman, AL 35055
Dawn until dusk 365 days a year
Paved main roads, gravel secondary roads, boardwalks lakeside, restrooms in three areas, concession stand, children’s playground, mini-train around the lake, 18-hole putt-putt golf course, many FREE picnic tables and 17 picnic pavilions to rent for family and group gatherings.
There is a paved 1 mile trail offering good access around the entire lake. There are several accessible restrooms and parking spots located near the trailhead.
Take Exit 310 on I-65, head east on Highway 157 (1.5 miles) to Highway 31, turn right and in 1 mile turn right onto Sportsman Lake Road, enter park in 1/2 mile.
Amenities Available: Gravel or Dirt Trails, Paved Trails, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Wheelchair Accessible
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