13 Things to do at Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park
(Source: Oak Mountain State Park Facebook)

There’s nothing better than getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful Magic City this weekend. Oak Mountain State Park has a variety of outdoor activities to explore. Check out these 13 things to do and have fun!

1. Hiking

Oak Mountain State Park has approximately 25 miles of hiking trails that people enjoy daily.


2. Running

With all the wildlife, birds, and foliage, you won’t run out of things to see on your run.


3. Biking

Oak Mountain’s Red Trail has been included on the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) list of EPIC rides. The park also features a pump track and BMX course.

4. Swimming/Paddleboaring

The park offers two beaches for you to relax away all your stress. You can find one located on Terrace Drive that is open to the public, and one beach that is available for campground guests. Paddle boarding is also a great way to get some exercise and have some fun. Don’t have your own? You can rent one!

Oak Mountain Paddleboarding
(Source: Oak Mountain State Park Website)

5. Cable Skiing

Whether you’re just starting out or a professional rider, Oak Mountain State Park has the coaches and the features to takes your skills to the next level. With the longest cable in North America, you are sure have a great time!

Cable skiing

6. Basketball

Score some hoops at one of the many basketball courts.

7. Horseback Riding

There are approximately 25 miles of horseback riding trails, with more being added. Some of the trails travel along the edge of the lake, some are in the valley’s lush hardwood forest, and others travel the pine studded ridges. There is a trail for everyone to love.

Oak Mountain Horseback Riding
(Source: Oak Mountain Website)

8. Camping

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, the campground is perfect for families to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The campground is open for camping year-round.


9. Canoeing

Enjoy a carefree day as you canoe through the calm waters at Oak Mountain State Park.


10. Fishing

The fishing is great at Oak Mountain State Park! There are two 85-acre lakes and one 60-acre lake stocked with largemouth bass, bream, catfish, and crappie.


11. Golfing

Oak Mountain Golf Course is a public, 18-hole championship course (par 72). The course offers Bermuda greens and tees, a driving range, chipping green, and practice green that is open year round.

12. Have a Picnic

Come enjoy a picnic at the many pavilions located at Oak Mountain State Park. Whether you want a cozy area for a few or a gathering place for a larger party, there’s a spot for you!


13. Geocaching

The ultimate modern-day treasure hunt, geocaching, is perfect in the great outdoors at Oak Mountain State Park. Before hiding any geocaches, please review and submit a signed permit to the Park Manager or designated representative at each State Park. Check out the policy here.


Hours and Admission

The park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park admission is $5 per Adult (ages 12+), $2 per Child (ages 4 to 11) and $2 per Senior (ages 62+). Children ages 3 and under are free.

For specific pricing on golf, boating rentals, etc. click here.

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