Orr Park – A happy greeting as you enter the park.
Orr Park specializes in getting people outside to play with two playgrounds, six baseball fields, a walking trail and a football field. Shoal Creek flows through the park and offers opportunity for fishing, wading, canoeing, and kayaking! Taking all of this into account, I usually wouldn’t drive 30 minutes to a park when the Ocoee River is so close to home. In order to explain why this park is so special, we are going to rewind a bit…
In 1993, Montevallo, Alabama was one of the many cities devastated by a blizzard known as the “Storm of the Century.” It blanketed much of the east with approximately 20 inches of snow with little-to-no warning. This superstorm damaged many of the trees in Orr Park. Tim Tingle, a coal miner, received permission from the city to transform the broken trees into works of art! Now the park is filled with carvings of faces, mystical creatures and more!
Orr Park Playground
Orr Park hides a few faces, be sure to look carefully.
Once we arrived, we drove down the path the GPS recommended. As it turns out, the “road” was for bikes and foot only (I don’t recommend this route). Driving further and keeping to the right, we located parking places after plenty of confusion. (In order to avoid confusion, I suggest using the GPS to navigate to the Montevallo Elementary School which is right next to the area where we parked.) I gave each of the girls a disposable camera and we walked along the trees to find the amazing carvings. After spending quite some time enjoying Orr Park, we decided to skip the Sloss Furnace on this trip and perhaps stop by another time. We had walked miles over the past couple of days and it was time to head home. One key ingredient that goes into the trips I plan is scheduling sites to see, but I always provide allowance for more than we are able to see in one trip. Making every tourist stop in a trip is not the goal of any vacation. When it’s running low on fun, it’s time to go home before vacation becomes a chore.
Admission = Free