Location: Hoover, Alabama
Webpage: Alabama State Park
General Description: Oak Mountain State Park is 9,900 acre piece of wilderness on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. Being so close to a major city, it boasts some of the best hiking, riding, and biking trails in the state with over 50 miles of trails. It includes two large fishing lakes with swimming an boating activities along with two large picnic areas with pavilions. There is also an 18 hole golf course that dominates the central part of the park. The campground includes primitive camping and 85 RV sites with full hookups (30 amp and sewer at all sites). Wi-fi access is available at the golf course club house.
1) The park is large enough that you don’t realize you are so close to Birmingham at all, until you exit the park into city traffic at the north exit which is the closest to the campgrounds and any trips to the store. While the park does have access to wi-fi at the golf course clubhouse, this is about 6 miles away from the campground. The park does not have cable hookups, but we were able to pickup a number of channels even with our small digital TV. I guess there are some advantages to being so close to a big city.
2) The trial system in the park is excellent! There are numerous trails with trail heads close to the campgrounds. They are all well marked and range from easy to strenuous. We did not hike any of the strenuous trails as the moderate trails were challenging enough. There were also some great looking mountain bike trails that were independent of the walking trails. I assume the same would be true for the horse trails, although we did not see any.
3) The camp hosts at the campgrounds were very kind and helpful. They assisted us in parking the camper, as the site we had chosen had an S-curve to get into it. Once set up, it was one of the best sites in the campgrounds. Many of the campsites were out in the open with no trees, so having one with good tree cover was great, even in September. The campgrounds was over 80% full over the weekend, but during the week it was very quiet.
4) Bathroom and shower facilities were clean and accessible, even if they were getting a little old. There was also laundry facilities at each of the bathrooms. However, the small camp store at the camp ground check-in was very limited. However, there was a full Walmart within 5 miles of the park if you could deal with the traffic once you left the park.