OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
As Alabama's largest park, Oak Mountain provides 9,940 acres of pine-studded ridges and lush green hardwood bottoms. The park offers vacation cottages, golf, pro shop with snack bar, improved camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, backpacking, a demonstration farm and horseback riding facilities. With the largest area and variety of outdoor recreational pursuits, Oak Mountain is sure to provide excitement for every member of the family!
Located in Pelham, Alabama, the park was established by the state legislature on August 18th, 1927. Initially spanning just over 940 acres of land donated by private citizens and companies like Tennessee Coal Iron & Railroad Company.
In its early years it served as a recreation area for local residents with facilities such as picnic areas and hiking trails. During World War II it became Camp Tranquility - a rest camp for veterans returning from overseas service.
Post-war development saw expansion to include amenities like cabins, campsites and golf courses which attracted visitors nationwide. In subsequent decades more features were added including an equestrian center in the late '70s.
The park's size has also grown significantly since inception; through various acquisitions now covers around 9,940 acres making it Alabama's largest state park.
Oak Mountains' cabin lake is a place of peace and tranquility, hence the name Lake Tranquility. This area is for cabin guests only. The 28-acre lake is nestled in the foothills of Double Oak Mountain and is often used by migrating waterfowl as well as native species of shoreline and wading birds. Our cabins are often used for family reunions utilizing the pavilion by the lake or the meeting room in the area.
Ten fully-equipped cabins are open year-round. All cabins are set up for light housekeeping with linens furnished. Each cabin has two bedrooms with 1- King bed and 2-Double beds (MAXIMUM CAPACITY 6), one bath, a kitchenette with utensils and cookware, central heat and air, porch, grill and picnic table. Boats, life preservers and paddles are provided for cabin guests for use in the lake. Additionally, the cabins do not have telephones, but a public telephone is located in the cabin area.
CHECK IN TIME IS 4 p.m.
CHECK OUT TIME IS 11 a.m.
Oak Mountain State Park offers two forms of primitive camping. There are several designated back country sites for backpacking that are conspicuously located throughout the park, which offer a view of the varying topography and habitats that are found in the region. These sites with our 50 plus miles of trails offer an assortment of loops that novice and experienced back country campers utilize for a quick get-a-away or preparing for a future hike. Leave-No-Trace ethics is expected of our campers and the usage of open fires is not permitted?.camp stoves for cooking purposes are allowed. Additionally, we offer a group camp facility for Girl Scout, Boy Scout, and Church Groups activities only.
Nestled in a large cul-de-sac which borders Beaver Lake and surrounded by rolling hills topped with the long lived and majestic Longleaf Pines, our campground is a favorite spot for families to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The campground is open for camping year-round.
85 Improved Sites (RV) are available with water, electric and sewer hook-ups.60 Walk-In (Tent) sites with water in the vicinity.Modern bathhouses with hot showers located throughout the campgrounds.Dogs are allowed in the Park, but must be on a leash no longer than 6ft; however, they are not allowed in the Cabins at all, any building, or beach area. You must clean up after them & keep them quiet during quiet hours. Reservations recommended and accepted Monday ? Thursday (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). The Pro Shop at the Golf Course is a WiFi Hot Spot.
Our Country Store keeps in stock those items you forgot as well as a line of camper supplies (sewer hoses, toilet chemicals, electrical adapters, etc.) We also carry snack items as well as gifts and T-shirts. Firewood is available for purchase or you may pick up wood in the park that is ?DOWN AND DEAD?. We are open seven days a week, although our hours of operation vary seasonally.
Reservations accepted Monday ? Thursday.A non-refundable deposit is required to hold a reservation.Registration guarantees you a site when you arrive, ?not a particular site?.Weekends require a two-night minimum reservation.Holidays require three-night minimum reservation.Registrations are accepted up until 9 p.m.Park Quiet Hours are enforced between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.Complete State Park Rules and Regulations are posted in conspicuous locations throughout the park.
Oak Mountain State Park has a friendly and courteous staff, which strives to make you feel at home during your stay. Also as a family oriented campground, our Law Enforcement Rangers and security personnel make regular patrols to ensure the safety of our guests. The park closes one hour before sunset and the entrance gate is manned 24 hours a day to provide for the guests? security. Only registered guests are allowed into the park during these hours, for emergencies call 205-620-2520.
Oak Mountain Golf Course is a public, 18-hole championship course (par 72) designed by Earl Stone. Repeatedly rated by Golf Digest to be among the top 50-75 public courses in the United States, Oak Mountain has hosted qualifying rounds for the Alabama Open.
Tee times should be reserved five days in advance beginning at 9 a.m. Please make separate reservations for each foursome. Tee times are not accepted on same day of play (walk-ons are welcomed).
Oak Mountain Golf Course features a fully-stocked pro shop and an on-course snack bar, Bermuda greens and tees, and a driving range, chipping green, and practice green open year. Our pro shop is also a WiFi Hot Spot.
Senior or Overnight Guest discounts available upon request. Golfers 62 years & older will receive a 15% discount off green fees only. Golfers wishing to receive this discount should notify the clerk prior to payment.
Junior rates (children 6 - 11) are available at 50% of the adult prices.
Foursomes are required to get tee times on weekends and holidays, 18-hole play only. Lesser groups are welcome and will be started on a first come basis.
Blue course: 6842 yards, USGA rating 71.7, Slope 120
White course: 6341 yards, USGA rating 69.5, Slope 116
Water on 9 of 18 holes, tree-lined fairways
6 holes dogleg left, and 7 holes dogleg right.
Course record (blue) 64, scored April 17, 1978.
Toughest hole: #9, 382 yards, par 4.
Easiest hole: #17, 141 yards, par 3.
Oak Mountain State Park has one meeting room for rent. The meeting room is located at the back of the Park Office. This room has four 8 foot rectangular tables, four 6 foot rectangular tables, & 2 small round tables. 66 chairs are also included with this room. The tables are already set out, however the chairs are not. They are stacked against the wall. We ask that you leave the room as you found it when you arrived.
There are no cooking facilities associated with this room. However, you may bring food in. The room has several electrical outlets located throughout. The room is heated & cooled. Bathrooms are located in the Park Office, for ease of use.
Garbage cans are provided with extra garbage bags. Renter is responsible for replacing tables & chairs as outlined above, bagging all garbage, & leaving the room in the same condition as it was.
The cost to reserve this room is $80. Payment is due thirty (30) days prior to date of rental. The Park Office Meeting Room needs to be rented through the Reservations Office at 205-620-2524. The price of rental does not include the admission fee per person. The time period for meeting room use is 9a.m. until 4p.m.
With park management approval, special arrangements can be made to pay the day use fee at one time. This is only allowed for large groups & each person must present a ticket (provided by the renter) to the gate attendant when entering the park.
We have other places for rent to have picnics, birthday parties, reunions, & much more. For more information on these, go to the Picnic Area page in the menu.