National Parks / Natural World
Oak Mountain State Park Pelham
Where are we going today?
Since the Oak Mountain State Park was established back in 1927, with 940 acres to it's name, today it spans nearly 10,000 acres, making it the largest state park in Alabama! That's also means there is a TON of fun to be had in this beautiful part of the USA!
Oak Mountain State Park has a host of day-use activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family, really making it stand apart from the others.
For those active families, there are over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, and these are even popular with those interested in horse riding too.
You can take a picnic and just relax under the shade of some trees, or take to the waters on the two fishing lakes. You can even rent a pedal boat or canoe for the day and really explore the lakes within the park.
On those sunny days, kids really will love the sandy beach swimming area, and there is an open playing field where they can cool off as they enjoy some sports.
If you have your own boat, there is a boat launch for personal boats as long as they don't have gas operated motors.
Think that is plenty of adventure? Oak Mountain State Park don't think so! You can enjoy 18 holes of golf with the entire family, or play with the animals at the petting farm. There is also rental horseback riding facilities.
Oak Mountain State Park has the largest area and variety of outdoor fun for the family, so you will be sure to find something for all!
Let's go and explore nature in the beautiful state of Alabama - don't forget those hats!
How much does it cost?
- Children$2 (Ages 4 to 11)
- Free Under: 3 years
When can we go?
7am - 5pm daily
All year round
There is SO much to learn at this state park! There are great programs you can pick from, but make sure you book. Summer field trips are limited because of the summer camps.
Picnicking welcome, grills available as are pavilions for larger groups..
Make sure you take bottled water and plenty of healthy snacks, especially if you are taking to the trails.
Any Top Tips?
The admission listed is just for general admission. Activities such as golf, and boat hire is additional.
Doing our bit
The park is well looked after with families in mind. Support the park by cleaning up when you have finished and taking all of your trash with you.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to the rangers about the accessibility of the trails.
Can I get one of those?
Check out the Interpretive Center where there is an exhibit to explore, and you can pick up information about the park.
There is camping which you can enjoy - from full hook up to backcountry camping, as well as cabins if you want to extend your stay! Some camp spots are seasonal. .
What people are saying?
by Cindy Maddux
Stayed here this the week after July 4th holiday and we just loved it. It was full but peaceful at the same time. Great hiking trails, lake, horseback riding, golfing, lots to do. And the road leading to the park is beautiful with overhanging trees shading the road. The campground is very nice and shaded and inviting. It was also very clean. As other have said, the garbage dump is pretty inconvenient. We are hoping to go back for the Christmas holiday vacation.
by Lance Moore
Beautiful Park right in the Birmingham area. They have a lot of activites and geocaches.
by Yvette Skinner
Fantastic park with miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. I travel to Oak Mountain at least once a year to use the mountain biking trails which continue to expand and improve. Grateful to the BUMP bicycle club who builds and maintains these trails.
by Kristin Peart
We went to the Petting Farm with the kids and had a great time! The animals are all so friendly! Admission to the park was $6 and the petting farm was free.
We went there because we stayed overnight in Birmingham on our way to Gatlinburg, TN; but this place was so great that we are planning on making it a destination spot and trying out some canoeing next time!
by Peg Mahoney
Have camped here several times. The park is 7 1/2 miles long and the RV camping area is about 5 miles in. The roads are paved and well marked. RV sites are varied in size and configuration allowing one to feel like they are camping and are not in a parking lot. Full hookups are available at a very reasonable fee. If you arrive at a site and it doesn't suit you pick a preferred site that is empty, call the ranger, and they will graciously allow you to move. Getting rid of garbage presented a problem as we don't tow and the one dumpster is at the...Read More
by Peg Mahoney
Have camped here several times. The park is 7 1/2 miles long and the RV camping area is about 5 miles in. The roads are paved and well marked. RV sites are varied in size and configuration allowing one to feel like they are camping and are not in a parking lot. Full hookups are available at a very reasonable fee. If you arrive at a site and it doesn't suit you pick a preferred site that is empty, call the ranger, and they will graciously allow you to move. Getting rid of garbage presented a problem as we don't tow and the one dumpster is at the entrance. Park staff is very visible which is reassuring to us as senior citizens. The sites we have stayed at each had a picnic table and fire ring. Most sites are wooded which is nice on a hot summer day. We will be returning again this year.