Blue Trail (South Rim Trail)

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Oak Mountain State Park

Blue Trail (South Rim Trail) is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pelham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,139 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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wild flowers

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9 days ago

great hike out and back. did the eagles nest overlook on the way back. Was a challenging hike around 14 miles. will do it again in a few weeks. little disappointed to see so much trash on the waterfall end of the hike

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Hiked many years ago but remember it being a good Trail

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rocky
4 months ago

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6 months ago

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

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7 months ago

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

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10 months ago

Awesome trail. Has everything from easy to hard. Loved it!

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Sat Apr 27 2019

Took the blue trail from the north trailhead to Peavine Falls. From there we took White Trail to the Red Road and camped at Backcountry site 3. Beautiful day, the trails are great. Campsite is nice. Awesome. We will be taking the white trail back to the north trailhead the next day.

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Sun Mar 17 2019

This is my fave trail at Oak Mountain. It gets steep at places but there are several overlooks along the way. Taking the turn to see Kings Chair is a must! And you get to see Peavine Falls at the south end! On weekends, if you start at the north end, it can be crowded the first 1.5-2 miles while you hike with all the others headed to Kings Chair. After you pass Kings Chair, the traffic is almost nobody.

steep trail run especially on the overlook options

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Sat Sep 08 2018

North Trailhead straight up the Blue in all its steepness. Stupid hot and humid day but had great conversation with my buddy John as we took the Blue to the Orange and down the White. Accidentally took the White turn to the cabins at the bottom and added another half hour to the trip.

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Tue Sep 04 2018

I’ve hiked this trail with my boyfriend and just did the same route alone. Started at the North Trailhead meaning it was a serious uphill hike right from the start. Bypassed Eagles Nest overlook and stopped at Kings chair. I had limited time and King’s Chair is my favorite. Stayed on blue to Orange Bypass. Was looking for the marker where the bomber plane crashed but must have missed it. Returned on Red which is a bike trail. Dry season so the regular spots where there was running water was dry. Very few people on the trail. None after I left King’s Chair. It was a great hike.

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Sat Jun 30 2018

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.

horseback riding
Sat Apr 14 2018

Beautiful ride even though we got lost

Thu Nov 09 2017

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

running
Tue Nov 07 2017

Awesome workout. Starts off rough coming from the north trail. Ran/walked/hiked from the gate to Kings Bridge lookout and back. The view is worth it. Yall weren’t lying when you rated it “difficult.”

running
Sun Oct 22 2017

good workout!

Mon Feb 27 2017

The overlook is something you don't wanna miss out on!! Make sure to make your way to the falls because it is beautiful. The views are definitely worth the challenge

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Sun Feb 26 2017

Beautiful scenes, some parts test your abilities but this is a fairly easy hike. I'll be back soon, loved the overlook views!

Thu Nov 10 2016

❤️

Sun Oct 30 2016

Relatively easy out and back. Moderate elevation change worth a puff or two. Fun trail with wildflowers so "stop and smell the roses" along the way.

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Wed May 11 2016

Nice trail with some steep incline but lots of soft pine needle trail as well.

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Tue Jun 10 2014

I hiked the northern half of this trail, then used the Orange connector and the white trail to loop back to the trailhead. Don't skip out on the King's Chair, Eagle's Nest, or the other periodic overlooks because they offer some of the best views in the park.

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Mon Sep 17 2012

I hiked this trail yesterday. The first 1 1/2 miles were tough, all straight up. There were a lot of tree roots and loose rocks. I did first half of the blue trail, the orange connector and down the white trail.

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Sun Jan 30 2011

Hiked this trail yesterday with my GF, we had one light pack and some walking sticks. We started at the north trailhead and hiked the blue trail to Peavine Falls. The beginning part of the hike was strenuous with many steep climbs and drops. Once you get to the halfway point you are going along the the ridge of the mountain and the trail gets much easier, pretty much downhill from here. Good trail, we did the white trail on the way back from the falls and is a more scenic route.

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