Oak Mountain State Park
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Introduction

Welcome to Oak Mountain, Alabama’s biggest state park. Here you’ll find almost 10,000 acres of beautiful landscapes filled with never-ending fun activities for the whole family. When this park first started out in 1927, it was only 940 acres, but it’s come a long way since then. There’s so much to do here and many of the activities are unlike any at other parks. If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker or just looking for some new excitement, you can join in on some water sports, BMX, and even archery. If your goal here is to relax, you can go play a round of golf, rent a kayak, or just hang out on the beach.

There is no better place to spend a family summer RV vacation that at this park, as there are so many activities to keep you cool and entertained. In the winter time, you’ll still be able to find lots of fun things to do, without as many crowds. Just be sure to bundle up, dress in layers, and be aware that temperatures can drop as low as the 30s during the coldest parts of the year. The possibilities are truly endless, and you won’t find another place that compares to here. This park has even been ranked with a “Certificate of Excellence” by Tripadvisor, so get packing and bring your RV to stay at Oak Mountain State Park.

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Transportation in Oak Mountain State Park

Driving

Oak Mountain State Park is located in Pelham, Alabama and is easy to reach. When you bring your RV, you shouldn’t have any trouble navigating through the park, as there are no narrow or steep roads or low bridges that you’ll have to worry about. RVs are very welcome in the park.

Parking

The parking lots are pretty big in the park, but if you have any trouble finding a parking spot for your RV, there is also bus parking at the main office. Many find it more convenient to venture out into the park with their smaller car, so if you need a place to keep your RV, the park offers RV storage options for your convenience.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Oak Mountain State Park

Campsites in Oak Mountain State Park

Reservations camping

The Main Campground

The campground that you’ll find here has plenty of sites to choose from for you to park your RV. There are 27 RV sites that have water and 30 amp electric hookups, but no sewer. If you can’t live without having the sewer included though, there are 57 more RV sites that do have the full hookups that you’re looking for.

You’ll also find that each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. Bathhouses are conveniently located nearby. Sites can accommodate vehicles from 25 to 60 feet long and most are big enough for slide outs. You're welcome to bring your pet with you when you stay here as long as you clean up after them and keep them on a leash. You'll love relaxing at your campsite near Beaver Lake under the shade of the serene Longleaf pines. You'll also be within walking distance to the scenic beach and thrilling playground. There is also a country store located at the park so you can stock up on groceries and supplies.

While these campsites do not require that you make reservations in order to stay here, it is highly recommended that you do so on weekends and holidays. After all, these are pretty high-quality RV camping spots and they go fast when the weekend or a holiday rolls around. If you want to be guaranteed a spot, making reservations is the smart way to go, which is why this campground has earned the right to fall under the “Reservations Camping” category. This campground is open year-round.

First-come first-served

Equestrian Campground

If you’ve brought your big furry horse friend with you, this campground is the perfect choice to stay at. There are 12 sites to choose from, all with full hookups, and each site allows for two vehicles, a trailer, and 8 total people in your group. Amenities also include picnic tables, fire rings, and a dump station for horse waste.

If you’re not sure if you want to bring your horse with you when you visit Oak Mountain State Park, you can rest assured that they’re very welcoming to equestrians here. Your horse will be just fine staying in the stalls here, and they even have roofs over them now for ultimate comfort. There are also over 25 miles of trails to go horseback riding on throughout the park. Due to the fact that equestrian camping is a little less common than those that don’t bring horses, this campground has earned the spot under “first-come, first-served” camping. You most likely won’t have any problems finding an available spot to stay at here.

Backcountry Camping

If you want to try something a little wilder than RV camping, you can leave your vehicle at one of the designated trailhead parking lots and head out on an overnight adventure through the woods. Be sure that you get a parking pass, pay the backpacking fee, and purchase a map before heading out. There are specific sites for backcountry campers and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure that you come fully prepared for the time that you’ll be spending out on your own, and remember that fires are not allowed in the backcountry. Once you have all of that settled, this kind of primitive camping can be a lot of fun and a great way to experience this Alabama state park. You should bring your own water, food, and supplies with you. Pets are welcome to come with you as long as they are kept on a six-foot leash.

Alternate camping

Cabins

If you want to stay in accommodations that a bit more modern and cozy you can choose from one of the ten fully-equipped cabins that are available year-round. The amenities offered at the cabins are outstanding including light housekeeping, provided linens, a kitchenette, central heating and air, and a flat-screen TV. The cabins are located in a private area at the the foot of Double Oak Mountain with scenic views of Tranquility Lake. You can book your reservations up to one year in advance.

Seasonal activities in Oak Mountain State Park

In-Season

Enjoying Flip Side Watersports

Participating in the Flip Side watersports here is guaranteed to be a fun and exciting experience. This is the first and only cable water sports park in Alabama and they even have the longest cable in all of North America. Flip Slide cable skiing is a new version of water skiing where you'll have a thrill gliding across the water. You can even try to jump over obstacles like a skate park on the water. If you’re new, they have staff willing to help and coach you in it. This is definitely something worth trying out during your RV trip to the state.

Visiting Beaches

There are two beaches that you can visit during your RV trip to Oak Mountain. The beach on Terrace Drive is open to the public and has bathrooms available and a concession stand open seasonally. You can also access a beach at the campground here in the state park, so when you bring your RV, you can get a slightly different experience than those only visiting for the day.

Biking

There are lots of different kinds of biking opportunities here. For the brave ones, they have a BMX track that has been open for decades and can be loads of fun. If you prefer to bike on trails, there are plenty to choose from here, offering different difficulty levels. For the athletic bikers, if you come in the spring, you can participate in the 22-mile long “Bump and Grind” Cross Country Mountain Bike Race that they hold each year here.

Boating

Maybe you’ve been kayaking or canoeing before, but have you ever tried using a pedal boat or stand-up paddle board? Here at this state park, you have the option to rent a wide array of different kinds of boats. You may even want to try them all during your visit here.

Hiking

With just about 25 miles of trails at this park, there are so many different hiking options to choose from. One of the most popular reasons that people visit here is to hike to Peavine Falls. This spring-fed waterfall just happens to be an impressive 65 feet tall, and makes for lots of splashing fun at the bottom of the fall.

Off-Season

Practicing Archery

Archery can be a lot of fun and this park has this option as well. The archery park is open to the public and to those staying at the state park too. Just be sure that you have the right license. You may also be happy to hear that it’s free for anyone under 16 or over 65, making it a great place for family fun and friendly competition.

Horseback Riding

Most of the trails that you’ll find within Oak Mountain State Park are also open to horseback riding and can be fun for horseback riders of all levels. If you want to bring your horse with you on your trailer when you come camping here, they also offer boarding stables where they’ll keep your horse safe and happy.

Golfing

“The Oaks” golf course here at the park features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Earl Stone. While it may be open to the public too, it’s still part of the park and makes for an interesting evening when you stay here. This park truly does have everything you could imagine.

Visiting the Demonstration Farm

The demonstration farm is where you’ll find all kinds of unique animals such as miniature horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, ducks, and even the beautiful peacock. Here, you’ll get the chance to get up close to these animals and even feed them. It can be a great hands-on learning experience, especially for younger children.

Geocaching

Geocaching can be a great way to get everyone in the family enthusiastic about getting out and exploring the park. Get the GPS coordinates you need and set out into Alabama’s largest state park to find all the caches you can before you have to leave. In this day and age, you no longer have to put the phone down to still enjoy the nature trails.

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