Explore the most popular birding 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.

This was a good hike for our family with multiple children

Best view I’ve found in the area!! Worth it. Definitely steep and uphill.

Parked one car at the Peavine parking lot. Second car back to the North Trailhead. Up the Blue in the super muggy humid 93 degree joy known as Alabama Summer to Kings Chair. Great view but super sun exposed and hot at the top. Blue trail in the shade the entire way across the park. I like the traverse here on the Blue better than the White just due to the shade. Took the Blue/White connector down to the creek and finished the trail staying to the right at every fork. The last quarter mile was a brutal straight uphill assault but we survived. 7.8 miles of awesomeness hanging with my great friend Holice. Will definitely do this again soon.

A lot of fun. Hike down to the falls was pretty steep for my two 9 yr olds, but they were able to get down and up again safely.

Nice hike. Short. Parts poorly maintained, considering you pay to get in to the park. Parts may be difficult for smaller children.

hiking
21 days ago

Parked one car at the Peavine parking lot and second car at the North trailhead where we started the hike. Hit the trail at 745am. Overcast and cloudy so as we started into the woods it was very surreal. Felt like we were in the Misty Mountains in Lord Of The Rings. The first mile and a half was a beautiful slight ascent to the top of the mountain. Beautiful streams and cool rock formations along the way with a great view from the top of Indian Rock. At this point a pretty severe thunderstorm was hanging just north of us over Birmingham and the radar said we were fine but a soon as we hit the top of the ridge line it started raining on us. The temp dropped which was awesome and the rain started lightly as well. No complaints. But the storm shifted south and we spent the next 90 minutes under the deluge. The thunder was amazing. The trail was still very passable but we did walk thru quite a bit of water as we journeyed thru the storm. Top of the ridge was slightly overgrown but passable. Finally descended down to do the last mile up the creek also a little overgrown. Stopped at Peavine Falls for a minute and ascended to the parking lot. 3.5 hours and 6.9 miles total. Was an epic adventure and absolutely loved the first half thru the woods. Will consider the same trailhead and ascend the Blue trail to Kings Chair and then use the Orange connector to loop back to the White trail and descend it back thru the woods to the North trailhead starting point. Will definitely do this hike again.

24 days ago

Live this trail

Awesome hike down a steep incline. It feels like hiking in the ADXs. Clean cold waterfall at the bottom

Nice view when you get to the rim.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail for some cardio!

This was a great trail, but the hike out from the north trailhead is in the “moderate plus” range. That threw me off a little, as the first mile out was a lot more exercise than I was expecting from a “moderate” trail. After you get to the spot where the red connector meets, it is someplace in between easy and moderate. As a comparison, going out was similar in effort to the “ridge and valley” trail at Ruffner. However, the view at the top is the best in town.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Had trouble actually finding kings chair but otherwise a great hike

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful view! would definitely come again

Great easy hike

backpacking
2 months ago

though it rained pretty hard, me and my fiancé LOVED this park! the trails are awesome and the views are beautiful!! even the staff are extremely sweet!!! will definitely come back!

First time hiking in oak mountain. The green trail has a bit of a bite to it. Definitely a moderate trail with various dips and rises across the mountain to the Peavine Fall. We connected to the white trail to the top of the falls. The climb down to the bottom of the fall is a bit tricky an can be slippery climbing out. Taking the green trail back became a little tasking so we took the orange (horse) trail back to the wild life center. It’s a pretty level hike back saved us about 30 minutes (just watch your step). Overall Peavine Falls did not disappoint and the green trail was a welcomed challenge.

hiking
4 months ago

Short trail that connects the park office area with the Alabama Wildlife Center, a hospital for injured wildlife. Name comes from a high boardwalk near the park office that features some caged birds (vultures, hawks, owls, etc.). Note that to do the 1.7 miles loop you also have to use part of the Yellow Trail, not just the Treetop Nature Trail. Nice hike if you are not up for some of the park's more challenging trails.

Nice loop with some flat areas and some steep, rocky areas. 20-foot Peavine Falls is nice when it has enough water, which it frequently does not. The Green Trail keeps going east on the ridgeline and ends down near the park office, so do not miss the right turn on the green-white connector to stay on this loop. Also, there is a nice overlook from the ridgetop Green Trail. Probably the most scenic hike at Oak Mountain though definitely not the longest.

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed the hike. Pretty stout terrain. Definitely moderate. Not for beginners unless you enjoy being super sore.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Birmingham area. Certainly a fun date with a semi-difficult hike to the top (depending on your activity level) and a very rewarding view at the end. I certainly recommend taking your time at the top of King's Chair so be sure to factor that into your allotted hiking time. It is great for dogs and offers a stunning view of the Chelsea area. It is always breezy at the top of King's chair, so plan accordingly.

hiking
5 months ago

My wife and I enjoyed this great little hike. Well marked and maintained trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Short, very easy trail. I'm an avid geocacher, and there are several caches hidden along this trail. Very nice walk in the woods!

Nice challenging trail! Worth the hike!

Great hike today with family

hiking
7 months ago

Went out and hiked the new trail. Great trail. Can't wait to ride it.

It was good:)

good workout getting up the mountain, definitely worth it once you're up on the ridge

Lives up to its name. Great treat to see after a run.

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