Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Oak Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike among the fall leaves! The yellow trail is a little bit of a climb, it will get the heart rate up. White trail back is an easy hike. We hiked this trail many years ago and it is still as beautiful as we remembered. We will hike it again, maybe in the spring.

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5 days ago

Great trail with wonderful views. Would recommend

Very pretty and quiet trail in Oak Mountain State park. The trail begins with aviaries with owls, hawks and vultures. The trail ends at the Raptor Center. All in all, a short, pleasant walk. The description of this trail does not accurately describe the true trail according to park employees. The trail is an out and back that starts at the beach parking lot and ends at the nature center.

Great trail, friendly people, moderate terrain — sweaty! Careful on the pine straw.

Great Trail, parking lots packed so very busy at the North Trailhead, lots of dogs on leashes and biking so be ready to share the trail. Beautiful views and nice cool fall air. Worth the trip!

Easily one of the best trails I’ve hiked. It had everything. Creeks, rolling hills, climb, rocks, hardwoods, ridge walk. Great workout too! Do yourself a favor and take west ridge trail between yellow/white connector and green trail. It is beautiful and way better than red road. I’m actually not sure why it’s not part of this official recording instead of red road, which is just a less scenic dual track.

Incredibly hard to follow without this gps map. Still got quite lost numerous times as when you need it most it’s never marked! Beautiful though :-)

Enjoyed seeing the old cabins, dining hall, & such. I wish these cabins were ready to rent, I would because of the view. We saw boy scouts working on the the Ridgeline cabins. Sure glad the park is fixing some of the cabins up.

hiking
19 days ago

This was a beautiful scenic trail, HOWEVER, the first half , all the way up was definitely not moderate. It was all steep uphill with rocky and rooted terrain. The view was spectacular. The way back was moderate.

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rocky
20 days ago

We found this hike to be easy to follow with plenty of blazes to show the way. I would recommend to families. Great views from the top

Great hike...pretty easy. Nice cabins by the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Alternate route off the blue trail to Kings Chair Overlook and Eagles Nest Overlook. Steep start. 400' of incline over the first quarter mile. Leads to rock outcropping with nice views, especially when the leaves are down. Once up top the trail levels out nicely to a serene easy stroll with occasional views. Theobhway trail itself is actually only about .6 miles

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rocky
1 month ago

This was a good trail, but I considered the first 1/2 of it a little more than moderate. Beautiful views of you can make it up to the King’s Chair though!

This trail is closer to 13 miles long.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice wooded trail....nothing spectacular, but pretty nice for Alabama and Birmingham area. It is a pretty steep climb for the first mile or so. Apparently the park officially closes at 6pm and they sometimes lock the northern gate, but supposedly the main gate stays open, or at least that's what someone told me.

We got off trail and followed the park trail markers and bulletin boards. It was a good moderate hike. There are so many trails in this park. You could spend days here. We also tent camped the night before. The park gate stays open 24/7 thank goodness because the office was closed at 6 pm. It cost $26 for one night tent camping. Not bad in my book considering I have all this backpacking equipment. Just as well use it and not pay for a hotel since we came from Hattiesburg , Ms. which is 3.5 hours south. Will for sure come back! It’s the closest hiking for me and a good one.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! The red trail is shared with mountain bikers

Great trail. Nice incline to get started.

Great trail. Well marked. Peavine Falls are just about dry due to the drought.

hiking
1 month ago

Great shaded trail, saw so many chipmunks! Recomend

Took the horse trail for the full loop. Not recommended with a stroller

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rocky
1 month ago

Amazing view and not a bad lil hike. Only ran into a handful of other people.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike in along the white blaze. The hike out is more moderate up the yellow blaze, but it wasn’t too bad.

Public Service Announcement: Lake trail is perhaps the park’s busiest trail, for good reason- it is easy and pretty. However, Foreplay, Mr.Toads, Rattlesnake, and Lake trail are red trails, meaning they are co-use with mountain bikes at OMSP. These trails in particular also happen to be part of the NICA youth mountain bike racing course and BUMP race course at Oak Mountain. No fewer than 5 area high school MTB teams call it their home course. In other words, while the description makes it seem like primarily a hiking trail, it is one of the parks most popular mtb trails- specifically for racing (going fast). Although busy year round, weekend afternoons in late winter/spring are especially crowded with teams of young bikers. Don’t take your pack of dogs for a hike on these trails on a Saturday or Sunday and expect to have a peaceful, bike-free experience. Find another trail (any one that isn’t red) if that’s what you’re looking for. Don’t complain that bikes are a problem when you are hiking on a co-use trail. The bikers are relegated to riding only red trails. They get fined if they ride elsewhere.

Took the bike trail this time. More bikers but much less horse poop. Easily walkable with a stroller.

Nice loop. Well marked trails. Terrain is challenging with rocks and roots. Good overlook views on the green trail. The falls were really dry through.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

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