Oak Mountain State Park

SUMMARY
Location Trail Type Difficulty Length Fee
Pelham, AL Singletrack, Fire Road, Paved Road Beginner - Advanced 17 miles $2 / Day

Maps

Oak Mountain Trail Map   - a simple black and white map of the bike trail.
Locator Map for Oak Mountain   - a directions map of how to find the park.

Directions

There is a $2 per day per person admission fee.   Because of heavy road use by runners, walkers, cyclists, and animals, speed limits are 35 MPH and 25 MPH throughout the park, and are vigorously enforced.

The park opens at 7:00 AM.  Gates to all Day Use areas, including side roads, the South Trailhead, picnic areas, etc. are closed AND LOCKED one hour before park closing.   The park closes at various times during the year based on daylight.  Closing times are always posted.

Detailed park maps are available at the main gate, at the campground store, and at the main park office on Terrace Drive.  Maps are also posted at the North and South trailheads, and at the hikers shelter located on the ridge of the Red Road.

Parking

Depending on where you want to start, there are two main parking areas:

The Ride

Approximately 16.5 miles long, the trail (red trail blazes) is one loop made up of about equal parts of singletrack and fire/forest/paved roads.   Ride either direction on the trail.  The former training grounds of the US Olympic Mountain Biking Team and the Russian Women's Mountain Biking Team, the trails are varied and are heavily ridden.  Dedicated as multi-use trails, expect to see riders of all ages and abilities, as well as hikers, backpackers, kids, dogs, etc., anywhere on the trail.  Recent trail changes have replaced some of the older, deteriorated sections with new ones modeled after the award-winning rides at Tsali Recreational Park in North Carolina.  Please note that bikes are only permitted off road on the red trail.   Fines are available from any park ranger for being caught on any other trail with a bike (whether you are riding or not!).  More detailed ride description..........

North Trail Head Bridge on the Trail Another Bridge View of Trail

A few photos of the trail. Click the thumbnail for larger photo.

Racing

Oak Mountain State Park and B.U.M.P. have hosted the "Bump and Grind" race annually.  "Bump and Grind" is a NORBA sanctioned race part of the AMBC mountain bike racing series.  The course combines great singletrack, extended climbs, and fast fire roads.  Quality riders in all categories compete for good prizes, and there are even large crowds drawn to watch the spectator-friendly course.

Oak Mountain State Park and GC Cycling host the Alabama Cyclocross Series.  With three races in the series in 1997 and 1998, these races attracted excellent fields in multiple categories, including Junior championship races.

Other Activities

Oak Mountain is home to a ton of outdoor activities.   Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, bird watching, golf (18 hole public course), R/C airplane and car facilities, picnicking, and just about anything you like to do outdoors.   There is even a 50 foot waterfall at the far end of Peavine Road and within easy walking/hiking distance from several parking areas.

The Mountain Bike Trail goes near the Wildlife Center. This is a wildlife rehabilitation center and helps as many as 2500 wild animals mend each year. There you can see many interesting birds, mammals, reptiles and whatever that are recovering for various reasons. I have seen hawks, owls, snakes and other critters in cages there. After recovery the goal is to return as many as possible to the wild. For more information on the Wildlife Center visit their web site. The URL is: http://www.awrc.org

Additional park information is available at the Oak Mountain State Park web site.

Camping

Camping is permitted in the State Park.  A campsite for RVs and "car camping" is available, with showers, a camp store, fire pits, etc.   Backwoods camping is also available with a permit from the Park Office.

Other Things Near the Park

There are several places to stay near the park. Here are some which are on Hwy 119 and are less than one mile from the park entrance road. I have no personal recommendation but these are available: Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada Limited, Sleep Inn.

Many different restaurants, food shops and convenience stores are also on 119.

There is a good bike shop located in a small shopping center on the South side of 119 at the junction of Hwy 119 and Hwy 31.

Local Contact

Contact B.U.M.P. or any of the Birmingham area bike shops for details.

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Aaron's Alabama Mountain Biking