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Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham

(4.3/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • Fun place to visit on a pretty day! Lots of places to picnic. We visited the man made beach which had several vendors with food, drinks and ice cream. Lots of picnic tables. Paddle boards, rowboats, c...  more »
  • I went mountain biking in Oak Mountain State Park for the first time. It is an amazing place with miles of adventure for any cyclist. I was definitely challenged by the trails. I live on the flat Gulf...  more »
  • This is the largest state park in AL. If you are a cyclist, there are great roads and good climbing for road bikes. The mountain bike trails are some of the best in the entire nation. There is an arch...  more »
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  • This is a great park. Lots to do here and if you have kids they should love it. The golf club has a little grill inside that makes good hamburgers and sandwiches. Very reasonable prices. The only reason I gave this park a 4 is because I like less populated places. For the family it is fantastic. Keep in mind we only got to see a small part of this park so after a second visit I may give it 5 stars.
  • 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 fees AL. adds to your stay. If your arriving late, you'll be 5.5 miles from the gate to the campground. When you see the street light, take a left. Also be very aware of the ants. When you touch down, lay down the defense, because THEY ARE COMING.
  • 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.
  • 5 stars for nice staff and gorgeous park. With lots to do. Trails were great! Bathrooms get 2 stars for bathrooms being subpar. The one near our tent was nasty. It may have been due to the fact that the plumbing wasn't working well. Our family had to drive to other bathrooms. But they weren't to far. You could easily walk. The bathrooms in general were very out dated with old sinks and old hand dryers. Definitely the State should consider putting money into renovations. The bathroom we ended up using was always clean so it was acceptable during our 3 day stay. Also the beach was ok. One thing we recommend is that the large amount of dried up Canadian geese poop be picked up along the shore line. That was very disgusting. Especially when you have children playing and stepping in that area. We didn't know it was geese poop until we asked. It looks like cat poop. All in all it's a great place!