Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham
Categories: Biking Trails, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Oak Mountain State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located approximately south of Birmingham in the northeast quadrant of the city of Pelham, Alabama, United States. It is the state's largest state park at and is home to the Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, and Oak Mountain BMX Track. Park activities include hiking, swimming, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and golf. The park is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.HistoryOak Mountain was created when the State Land Act of 1927 granted the park the between Double Oak Mountain and Little Oak Ridge. From 1934 to 1941, the park saw improvements made by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration. Remnants of the CCC era—foundations, bridges and other infrastructure, often made of stone quarried from within the park—can be seen throughout the park. In 1943, the National Park Service (NPS) deeded the state park approximately of surrounding land that the NPS had acquired in the 1930s. Further improvements beginning 1971 saw development of the golf course, pro shop, cottages, administrative buildings, demonstration farm and campgrounds in the area of Dry Brook basin and adjacent to the park's lakes.Activities and amenitiesBeach/Day-Use Area - Double Oak Lake has shaded picnic areas, covered pavilions for rent, a beach for public swimming, volleyball courts, and paddle boat rentals.For Oak Mountain State Park and beyond, use our Pelham tourist route planner to get the most from your Pelham vacation.
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We stayed here twice in the same week as we made our way to/from Florida beaches. I will combine these visits into one review. Pros: *isolation *host seemed nice enough Cons: *closest wifi is apparent... read more »
We took our kids there many times and enjoyed the quiet, the beaches, the demonstration farm and the camping. So many great memories. Now that we have grandkids, we hoped to give them the same fun. No... read more »
This is a beautiful park nestled in the busy lifestyle of Birmingham. So close to fun, exciting and educational opportunities. The park alone is full of natute activity. We ventured out to see and lea... read more »
This campground is well designed, with plenty of level sites, restrooms with nominal showers. You can often walk to the campers beach for a quick dip. To get to the very large beach with full showers/bathrooms, you need to drive several miles in this large park; not a problem if you have wheels. Friendly staff, and they keep common areas/facilities clean 2 times a day. Limited washer/dryers, due to some evidently broken for a long time. Beautiful area, we loved it and it is so close to Birmingham that you can even go into town for the day if desired. I'd pick this site again; wonderful.
Beautiful scenery and LOTS to do. Just far enough from the city, but convenience when you need it. The park is quiet and tranquil at night. Plenty of kids playing in the day and you'll need to WATCH OUT for kids "darters" not paying attention. Be very aware of people being out walking, or riding bikes at night. Some sites do require skill and acute communication to get backed in. The staff are what Southern hospitality should be and they helped us at every turn with a smile. If I have only one complaint, it would be the BS way AL. adds fees to your stay. If you arrive late, your 5.5 miles from the gate to the campground. When you see the street light, take a left.
I love the park. For several seasons I hiked the trails 3 times a week. I took my canoe to the lake, spent weekends with friends and family at the campground, swam in the lake, visited the Wildlife Center, and even played golf. But I gave up on the Alabama State Park System. I was disappointed that nobody ever contacted me about volunteering opportunities. I went to the main office at least once a year for 5 years to inquire abut opportunities and to leave my contact information. I was disappointed that the Parks were seen as pure revenue source and not as a way to showcase the beauty of Alabama. I was very disappointed when Alabama decided to screw the State Parks and Greg Lein did not fight for his and our public land. He just followed the revenue and proposed building a resort Hotel into the park. No, not at the park but into the park destroying the beauty the parks were meant to protect ans showcase. I do not understand why I am paying taxes in Alabama and have to pay $5 every time I want to visit public land. I don't understand why children starting at 12 have to pay $5 entrance fee. I am glad that we have 2 more mountains that are free to visit. I'd rather donate money to grassroots organization than paying money to a State Park system that closes public parks and is selling off our land. Oak Mountain is beautiful but the Alabama State Park system is rotten.
I've used at one time or another every trail, bike path, lake, BMX Track, nature and wild life center, camp ground, primitive camp site, picnic areas, play grounds through out the entire park. We are so blessed to have this state park in our area. Its a 40 mile drive for me and my family but well worth the time. The staff at Oak Mtn. State Park are wonderful. Forgot the petting farm - and horseback riding. You don't want to miss that. The one thing I've never done at Oak Mtn - GOLF - beautiful course.
This park is nicely tucked away from the hustle of Birmingham. I have been using it since I was a young boy and have very fond memories of it. They have done a great job with recreational programs and wildlife refuge here and it is an excellent place to discover new passions.
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