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Oak Mountain Blue Trail to White Trail Loop

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Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain Blue Trail to White Trail Loop is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pelham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,824 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

rocky

scramble

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Some good inclines. A little overgrown in places

backpacking
rocky
4 months ago

Started at North Trailhead, Blue Trail. Took the Eagle's Nest Overlook Trail, which was steep and rocky, but worth the climb. Followed the trail around to King's Chair Overlook. There's a steep hill where the trail is covered by pine needles - very slippery. Took the King's Chair Overlook, which delivered spectacular views. Traced back to the Blue trail and continued onto the Orange Connector where the campsite is. Roughly 5 miles total from trailhead. Water was plentiful on the way up the climb, but non-existent between King's Chair and Orange Connector. Ended up walking down Red Road about .1mi to find water for the night. BEWARE--there is a train yard and whistles blow every 10 minutes all night...bring earplugs! The Blue trail down to Pevine Falls was an easy stroll, plenty of water everywhere. Took the White Trail down to the falls. Due to lots of rain, the falls were really flowing. Not many good places to cross. Eventually retraced white trail back to the top and continued on Blue until it ended at White. The weather got much worse after I got on White trail, with cold wind and rain, so I didn't get many (any) photos on White. White was more difficult for me. The trail is well marked, but very rocky. The steep inclines and rocks slowed my pace considerably. Water is plentiful for the first 3 miles. Once you get up on the ridge, no more water until near Maggie's Glenn. Even though the weather was terrible, the views on the ridge were still great. The terrain is different than Blue trail - more rugged. Eventually followed the White trail back to the parking lot. Both trails are very well blazed, but it gets confusing down in Pevine Falls - a couple of sign posts and blazes have blown down in the weather, so do your homework before you go!

The blue trail is well-marked. Quite a climb at first from the North Trailhead. Got a bit confusing near Peavine Falls when changing to the white trail. Peavine Falls is dried up. The creek all along the white trail is dry, as well. I passed a dead fawn lying by the trail about a mile into the white trail. It looked like a fresh kill, that it had been attacked by a coyote. Heartbreaking to see that, but overall a vigorous 13+-mile hike.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Had a blast on this trail! The initial climb was difficult but it was worth it!

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

Started at North Trailhead to Blue, relatively steep to start but levels out. White trail is very overgrown, long pants are recommended for that.

Thu Feb 21 2019

Challenging and fun trail to run, turnaround at the falls. started from North trailhead.

hiking
Fri Dec 14 2018

Finally did the full loop. Started at NTH Went white to Blue Very nice walk. The day after a rain, all the streams were lovely and falls were roaring. Will do again.

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

Did a partial of this today. Started at NTH Took red road to red/white connector. White to Orange connector. Orange to Blue Back to NTH. (Aprox. 7.5 miles) Great scenery and variety.

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

Great time with my wife this morning up the Blue across the Red and down the White. Not too hot today but still crazy humid. Was in the shade the entire time.

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

The blue trail is my favorite at Oak Mountain. No bikers whizzing by makes this a beautiful, peaceful hike. I will do it again!

hiking
Sat Jun 09 2018

Great hike with lots of options for scenic side-treks and amazing overlooks. If you start at the north end you’ll wind up at Peavine Falls as your halfway point. Not as majestic as I’d hoped for but the variety of scenery made up for the less than stellar waterfall and the fact that the waterfall is a bit busy with families since there is a parking lot near the falls.

hiking
Tue Mar 20 2018

An uphill trek begins from the North Trailhead. Once on the ridge, you'll be treated with gorgeous scenic views. Don't miss King's Chair, Eagle's Nest and other views from the ridge. Will definitely be back.

hiking
Thu Nov 23 2017

I love the blue trail! I prefer to start off in the PVF parking lot — you still get elevation gains if you hike the entire trail but the ascents are more gradual than if you start from the north trailhead. My favorite loop is blue trail to yellow trail to green trail. I start and end at the south trailhead/Peavine Falls parking lot. Lots of beautiful vistas, around 2000 ft elevation gains, and it’s a 14.4 mile hike if you include a stop at Kong’s Chair. If you enjoy long hikes and have about 6 hours to spare, I highly recommend it!

hiking
Thu Nov 02 2017

Oak Mountain is a beautiful place! I have ran here multiple times and have always had a beautiful experience! It challenges me in the best way! Hike to King’s Chair for a jaw dropping view!

Sat Dec 10 2016

I live in New Orleans and for a 5 hour drive it's definitely worth the trip. The hiking trails are great and the mountain biking is amazing . great views and all the streams and the waterfalls make the hiking and biking even nicer . been to Oak Mountain 4 times so far . The camp sights are great .

hiking
Fri Sep 16 2016

Great trail to prepare yourself for difficult trails throughout the southeast. Connected to the white trail and then red to return back to my car instead of backtracking! Bring a camping hammock for your break its perfect!

hiking
Mon Apr 04 2016

Trail was great, went the day after a rainstorm and saw a great many natural springs. Good views at the Kings chair and along the rim trail. Gets 4 stars because it's very crowded. Please, practice "leave no trace", a good bit of trash near PVF

hiking
Wed Feb 10 2016

Overall good hike. Markings and maps are terrible for all the trails, but the trails themselves are wonderful.

hiking
Tue Sep 08 2015

Not for beginners. We took this one the first time we hiked and it wasn't pretty. Have hiked it a few times since and it does get easier. The first mile is pretty hard with the elevation gain. Overall it is a great day hike with some good views and plenty of rocks to rest on. Please take lots of water and be ready for a challenge if you are new to hiking. We started at the North Trail head took the first left at the blue trail turned right on the orange connector till we intersected with the red bike trail and then followed that back out to the North Trail head. Look out for the cyclists on the red trail.

hiking
Sun Jul 20 2014

Started at the North Trailhead and went the 1.5 miles up to a split off called "Eagle's Nest." The view was pretty cool and you can climb up on a rock for even better views, but the real magic of this place is up at the next area called, "King's Chair". Kings Chair is just a little bit past Eagles Nest, and the view is spectacular. There's a few good spots to get a good view, and the trails are all very well maintained. I'll definitely be coming back here with my ENO hammock and a good book. Well worth the effort it takes to get there.

hiking
Fri Jul 05 2013

I use this trail to test new equipment/shoes or pack weight. Great for that or letting a friend see if they would enjoy hiking. I use the north trail head and make a loop using the orange connector to the white trail and back out to the trailhead. Nice little hike. map link below. Takes a morning or afternoon to hike it and should be around 6.0 miles or so.

hiking
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hiking
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