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Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham

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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.
Oak 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 in 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.
Beach/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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  • Where to start!???? First, the place is impossible to navigate to in a RV. All info shows roads non existent or unpassable! Directions are a disaster. Period, no excuse. No exceptions a disaster...  more »
  • Our first visit to this beautiful park. We have a small RV we like to shower in the parks facility. The restrooms are very out dated and rusty and have only 2 stalls. The volunteers are wonderful and....  more »
  • For a park with a golf course, equestrian facilities, deluxe archery range, newly paved roads with bike lanes and much more, the camping facilities are unimproved and need a major update. All kind of....  more »
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  • I'm surprised it's taken me two years to check this place out! It's amazing! I had no idea that the park was so large and had so many things to do. The bird sanctuary was very neat to see. We had some people in our party that didn't care to hike too long or too hard of a trail, so the trail down to the waterfalls was perfect. Nice views, but not too strenuous. I can't wait to go back and see more.
  • Beautiful park with lots to see and do on 10,000 acres. Numerous trails, lakes, playgrounds and exhibits. The best petting zoo we have seen with very friendly workers and animals. RV campground was clean and quiet in a pretty setting. The park is a great place to spend a few fun days with family and the area has real Southern Hospitality. Also recommended Golden Rule for great barbeque nearby.
  • We absolutely love it here. There's so many activities for people of all ages, for miles of biking and hiking trails, full golf course, lakes, canoes, paddle board, horseback/trail rides, archery, swimming, playgrounds, camping, etc... The list goes on and on. Our favorite was the birds of prey on Tree Top Trail, the Interpretive center and the Wildlife center. So much to do . . . So much to see. This is a wonderful place and very affordable for the family.
  • Oak Mountain is one of the best state parks I've ever been to. It has a little bit of everything--the swimming beach is very nice, the picnic areas are plentiful, the campground is well kept, there are enough hiking trails to keep one busy for quite a while, the golf course is nice and well priced (so says my grandfather), and heck, there's even an archery range and wake boarding course! If you live in the area and enjoy the great outdoors, the family pass is a good investment. The park is also close to a lot of nice amenities so if you forget something and need to make a run to a grocery store or pick up dinner, it won't be a long drive.
  • We rented a cabin at Oak Mountain State Park for two nights in June and loved every minute. We could watch turtles swim in the lake from our porch swing, and the cabin was super clean and spacious. We rode bikes on the hilly roads and felt safe because there was a nice shoulder. Swimming at the beach was a lot of fun, and the water was already very comfortable. We will go back! We didn't miss Wifi at all!

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