Oak Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide


Oak Mountain State Park, located just south of Birmingham in Central Alabama, is Alabama's largest state park, comprising nearly 10,000 acres. The park, in addition to its beautiful scenery, features great family-friendly attractions like the Alabama Wildlife Center, the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, and a well-maintained campground. The park also offers visitors a wide variety of awesome recreational activities like a golf course, a BMX track, and a scenic trail network spanning more than 50 miles.

The weather at Oak Mountain State Park can vary quite a bit depending on the time of year; the summers tend to be quite hot, with temperatures regularly reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters get relatively cold but typically not below freezing, while the spring and fall are mild and pleasant. The area sees relatively steady rainfall throughout the year.

Nearby Cities

  • Birmingham, AL

  • Calera, AL

  • Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Talladega, AL

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Spring 47-85 F
Summer 65-91 F
Fall 38-79 F
Winter 33-64 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Oak Mountain State Park

Campground Accommodations

Oak Mountain State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 60 feet

  • Other amenities: Hot showers, laundry facilities, flush toilets, drinking water, dump station, camp store, fire rings, campsite tables, BBQ grills, available firewood, picnic tables

Birmingham South RV Park

Less than 15 minutes’ drive from the state park isBirmingham South RV Park, which has 100 RV sites on offer with full hookups. You’ll also find a ton of on-site activities here, so there’s something to keep every member of the family entertained (including your dog!). Nightly rates start at $38.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: dump station, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, game room, playground, heated swimming pool, propane, pavilion, camp store.

Hoover Met Complex RV Park

TheHoover Met Complex RV Park is in close proximity to local restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, meaning you’ll be just a short distance away from a variety of events and activities. It features 170 pull-through parking sites and each site is equipped with full hookups. Rates start at $40 per day.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: playground, garbage removal, restrooms.

Cherokee Campground & RV Park

Less than a 30-minute drive from the state park is theCherokee Campground & RV Park, offering 98 RV sites, full hookups, beautiful surrounds, and a 16-acre lake. The average nightly rate is $30 per site.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: laundry, recreation room, bathhouse, exercise equipment, camp store, camp library.

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What to Do at
Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park provides a lovely setting for nearly every outdoor recreational activity imaginable. For example, visitors can hike the extensive trail network, play a relaxing round at Oak Mountain Golf Course, or work on their accuracy at the park's archery range. Oak Mountain State Park is also home to several lakes, making it a popular destination for boating, paddling, swimming, and fishing. If you want to do something a bit different, it's worth checking out the Alabama Wildlife Center, which boasts numerous animals and a variety of interactive exhibits and displays. For visitors looking for a thrill, the park's Mountain BMX Track is certainly an awesome option.

Oak Mountain State Park offers opportunities for a wide variety of exciting outdoor adventures. Whether you choose to explore the wooded nature trails, go paddleboarding in a tranquil lake, or go for an exhilarating ride on the BMX track, you're sure to have a wonderful time.

Inside Oak Mountain State Park

If you thought the camping opportunities were impressive, wait until you hear about the activities available to visitors within the state park. From watersports and golf, to hiking, horseback riding, boating and more – there’s something for absolutely everyone at Oak Mountain State Park!

Some of the most popular things to do within the state park include:

Archery : Fancy a spot of archery during your stay? The park also has an archery park within its grounds, offering activities such as recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programming.

Golfing : Oak Mountain Golf Course is a public, 18-hole championship course which is repeatedly rated by Golf Digest to be among the top 50-75 public courses in the United States. Tee times should be reserved five days in advance. If you don’t own golf clubs (or forgot to bring yours), the pro shop rents golf clubs at a fee of $25.

Fishing : The state park is also home to two 85-acre lakes and one 60-acre lake, which is stocked with largemouth bass, bream, catfish and crappie to fish from. Tackle, bait, and other supplies are for sale at Flipside, but just keep in mind that State Law requires fishing licenses for both Alabama residents and non-residents.

Boating : You can also enjoy the lakes from a variety of water vessels and equipment, including pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards. Rental prices start at just $14 per hour and vessels can be rented from the Marina (located on Terrace Drive) or from Flipside Watersports (located on the lower back lake).

Hiking : Oak Mountain State Park has approximately 25 miles of  hiking trails that people enjoy on a daily basis. These trails lead you throughout the park’s beautiful landscape and suit a variety of hiking levels – from beginners to the more experienced.

Swimming : Did you know the state park also offers two beaches for you to enjoy swimming, soaking up the sun, and playing in the sand? One is located on Terrace Drive (which is open to the general public) and there is one available for campground guests in the campground.

Fishing Fishing

One of the reservoirs at Oak Mountain State Park is a 60-acre lake that's inhabited by largemouth bass, bream, catfish, and crappie, making it a quality angling spot. The park also has tackle, bait, and other fishing supplies available for guests, but you will need an Alabama fishing license to cast your line.

Geocaching Geocaching

Oak Mountain State Park recognizes geocaching as a great opportunity for park visitors of all ages, and guests are encouraged to participate in the unique activity by hiding and searching for caches.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Many interesting wildlife species are known to inhabit Oak Mountain State Park. During your visit, you might see deer, raccoons, opossums, and other small mammals. The area is also home to wild turkeys, turtles, and snakes.

Stargazing Stargazing

Oak Mountain State Park is a fantastic destination for stargazing, and there are several quality spots to set up a telescope. However, since the park closes at 7 p.m. each night, you'll only be able to observe the night sky if you're camping overnight.

Flora and Fauna

For visitors who like to search for and identify unique plant species, Oak Mountain State Park is a cool spot to check out. Recently, two new rare plant species have been discovered in the park: Alabama sandstone oak and Georgia aster. While Alabama sandstone oak is rather mundane looking, Georgia aster is a vibrant purple flower.

Hiking Hiking

With around 50 miles of scenic trails to explore, Oak Mountain State Park is a popular place to go for a scenic hike. Many of the park's most popular routes lead to the magnificent Peavine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall located at the top of Oak Mountain. Most of the hiking trails within the park are also suitable for horseback riding.


Oak Mountain State Park is home to a marina, three lakes, and a Flipside Watersports shop. Visitors can head out on the water in various types of watercraft, including kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, and stand-up paddleboards. Boat rentals are available at the marina and start at only $14 per hour.

Swimming Swimming

Visitors to Oak Mountain State Park have access to two lovely beaches, although one of them is only available for campground guests. During the summer, it's very tempting to take a refreshing dip in the park's lakes.


In addition to riding at the popular Mountain BMX Track, mountain bikers can ride along most or all of the nature trails that wind through Oak Mountain State Park.

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How to Get to
Oak Mountain State Park

To get to Oak Mountain State Park from Birmingham, travel south on I-65 until you come to exit 246 for AL-119/Cahaba Valley Rd. Take the exit, then turn right onto AL-119 S. Take a left onto Oak Mountain Park Rd, and when you come to the traffic circle, take the third exit onto John Findlay Dr. Turn right onto Terrace Dr, which will take you into the park.

Entering Oak Mountain State Park

The entrance fee for Oak Mountain State Park is $5 for guests age 12 and up, $2 for children age 4 to 11, and $2 for seniors age 62 or older. Children under the age of 4, active military, retired military, and veterans can always enter for free. There is a substantial amount of parking available in the park.

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Oak Mountain State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!

Frequently Asked Questions About Oak Mountain State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Oak Mountain State Park?

For the most comfortable weather, the best times to visit Oak Mountain State Park are during the spring and fall. However, if you don't mind the heat or want to go for a refreshing swim, visiting in the summer is also great.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Oak Mountain State Park?

Many wildlife species inhabit Oak Mountain State Park, such as turtles, eagles, owls, deer, and various small mammals. Plus, at the Alabama Wildlife Center and Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, there are lots of opportunities for kids and adults alike to see fascinating animals up close.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Oak Mountain State Park?

Yes, Oak Mountain State Park Campground features 150 total campsites, and 84 are designated RV sites. Of these campsites, 57 have full hookups, and 27 have water and electrical hookups.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Oak Mountain State Park and what is the cost?

Yes, you can reserve a campsite at Oak Mountain State Park Campground by phone. Reservations require a two-night minimum stay, and reservations for holiday weekends must be at least three months in advance. Rates vary depending on the type of site you choose, but you can expect to pay $33 a night, plus a reservation fee.

Are pets allowed at Oak Mountain State Park?

As long as your pets are well-mannered, you can bring them with you to Oak Mountain State Park. All pets in the park must also be on leashes of no more than six feet at all times. Oak Mountain State Park does not tolerate any aggressive behavior from pets in the park.