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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.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 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.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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  • One of the best campgrounds in this area. Within the park you face fishing lakes, swimming and beach areas, plenty of pavillions for picnics, 28 hole golf course, horse riding, animal rescue area and ...  more »
  • My wife and I hiked Oak Mountain's Blue Trail (rated Hard in difficulty) up to Eagles' Nest this morning. The young lady at the entrance to the park recommended the hike as a "fun" 2 hour "up and back...  more »
  • If you're in town visiting family, this is a great place to let the kids run and generally burn some calories. The trails have lots of hills and lots to look at it. There is also a wildlife rehab cent...  more »
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  • Finally got to check this place out. We stopped on our way back from Huntsville,Al because we heard about a waterfall that you could actually get in. We had been on our own waterfall tour and decided to stop. The hike to the falls is pretty interesting being that if you want to get to it quick you scale down almost vertically and it's almost not well marked if you aren't looking. A little challenging to some newbies but the reward in the end is worth it. Definitely would come back to check out everything else. The waterfall is beautiful and cold which is good because you'll work up a sweat getting to it. Lovely little place but can get a little crowded over the holidays. Definitely would recommend coming during the week. But Peavine Falls is definitely beautiful and will be back to explore more of this State park
  • Best place to go with a dog hands down! I love the trails here. I've never seen trash very clean. There is some wild life I've seen a coyote and a armadillo and a raccoon! The camping is not my favorite it's not as private as I like to primitive camp but it's still a great place to camp exp if you have kids!
  • Had the best time hiking with my 5 yr old. We did Kings Chair and it did not disappoint. Everyone needs to get out and explore our great state. There is so much to do at Oak Mountain. Love this place !
  • RV Camping at Oak was not great. The bath houses were wanting. They weren't clean and were very outdated. The park is so huge you have to drive to everything. The spots were really like parking places on the side of the road for the most part. That being said Oak is great for day users. Biking is phenomenal, kayaking on the lake and swimming is fun. The Green Trail hike to Peavine falls is fantastic. The beach area and dock on the camping side was great and our kids enjoyed that a lot. The primitive camping spots were excellent. We'll definitely be back, just not to RV camp.
  • My family has their reunions here every year. This place has many many things to do and it's a beautiful park. The cabins are great, plenty of space and direct access to the water for fishing and boating. There is even a nice little banquet room for gatherings.

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