Oak Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

Alabama

At 9,940 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama’s largest state park. It’s located approximately 20 miles south of Birmingham and is home to attractions such as the Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, and Oak Mountain BMX Track. The park’s stunning physical landscape makes for an unforgettable experience, but when you add in over 50 miles of scenic trails and activities include swimming, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and golf, you’ve got yourself a trip that the entire family is sure to enjoy.

Among the pine-studded ridges and lush green hardwood bottoms of the park, you can spot a variety of native and rescued birds, such as the Eastern bluebird, raptors and other woodland birds. The weather at the state park varies greatly between seasons, with summer reaching highs of 92°F, while the temperature can fall to just 1°F in winter.

Ready to plan your trip of a lifetime to Oak Mountain State Park? Keep reading to find out all there is to know about camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 45°F - 83°F
Summer 68°F - 92°F
Fall 42°F - 87°F
Winter 34°F - 58°F
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Nearby Cities
Pelham, AL
Hoover, AL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Oak Mountain State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Oak Mountain State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we wholeheartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

The good news is Oak Mountain State Park has an onsite campground offering 84 sites for RVs (including 54 with full hookups and 27 with water and electricity). RV sites start at $26.40 per night. Spaces can fill-up quickly, however, so we’ve also listed some additional campgrounds and RV parks within the area:

Birmingham South RV Park

Less than 15 minutes’ drive from the state park is Birmingham 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

The Hoover 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 the Cherokee 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

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. Read about each trail here.

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.

Outside Oak Mountain State Park

There’s not just plenty of things to do inside of the park, but outside of it too. The region is surrounded by stunning scenery, plus the state park is also just 20 miles from the state’s capital of Birmingham. Whether you’re looking to partake in some sightseeing, fine dining, or retail therapy – the following have got you covered.

Restaurants

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

This chain restaurant is located just over 20 minutes’ drive from the state park, meaning you don’t have to travel far for delicious, American comfort food. There’s also an on-site general store so you can pick-up supplies after your meal!

Type: American comfort food

Location: Pelham, AL

Jake's Soulfood Café

If you’re craving hearty, down-home soul food, look no further than Jake's Soulfood Café in Hoover. Here, you’ll find popular Jamaican and Caribbean plates including coconut shrimp, jerk wings, coco bread, and more.

Type: Jamaican and Caribbean soulfood

Location: Hoover, AL

Baha Burger

Surf’s up at Baha Burger, a surf-themed eatery featuring American favorites such as burgers, sandwiches, and sides. With hundreds of extremely positive reviews, it comes as no surprise that this eatery is a favorite among locals.

Type: Burger joint

Location: Hoover, AL

Shopping

Riverchase Galleria

When it comes to shopping malls within the area, you just can’t beat the largest enclosed shopping center in Alabama – Riverchase Galleria. You can spend the day shopping in more than 150 stores or visit the numerous food and beverage options on offer to try something new.

Location: Birmingham, AL

Sightseeing

Statue of Liberty Replica

You might associate the Statue of Liberty with New York harbor, but there’s a fantastic replica of it right here in Birmingham, just 20 miles from the state park. This 36-foot-tall bronze replica Liberty, 1/5th scale of the one in New York harbor, is one of the largest Liberty replicas in the world. Real gas-fired flames shoot from the torch around the clock.

Location: Birmingham, AL

Treetop Family Adventure

Just outside of the state park, you’ll find Treetop Family Adventure, an indoor and outdoor entertainment center featuring a speedway, laser tag, and more. This sprawling complex is the perfect place to bring your kids if bad weather is preventing them from enjoying the outdoor recreation the state park has to offer. You can enjoy unlimited attractions for just $14.95 per person.

Location: Birmingham, AL

Talladega National Forest

If you’re keen to soak-up more outdoor sights, then a day trip to the nearby Talladega National Forest is certainly worth it. This leafy destination has numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking, and all-terrain vehicles. Plus, there’s opportunities to camp, ride horses, fish, hunt, picnic, and more.

Location: Brent, AL

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How to Get to
Oak Mountain State Park

The state park is located 20 miles south of Birmingham. From Birmingham, Get on I-65 S. Follow I-65 S to AL-119 S/Hwy 119 S/Cahaba Valley Rd in Shelby County. Take exit 246 from I-65 S. Take John Findlay Dr to Terrace Dr in Pelham.

Entering Oak Mountain State Park

Entrance fees range from $2 - $5. Children aged 3 and under are free.

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!