Oak Mountain State Park White Trail

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Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park White Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chelsea, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.2 miElevation gain1,578 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersFee
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Oak Mountain State Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $5/adult, $2/child, and $2 for seniors. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $180.

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Mandy Sacco
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Great trail, well marked. We started on the blue trail and after the plane crash crossed over using the red and blue connector to the white trail to loop back. Some pretty steep inclines at certain points, a little rocky in places. Not for beginners.

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Paul Boucard
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HikingGreat!

Great trail with the best company!

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Jeff Downing
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David Zimmerman
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Great but not for amatures

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Andrea Hosley
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Jimmy Hill
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Great day to be on the trail. Despite a few blow downs, This is an incredibly well maintained trail system. Excellent markings and you always feel like you know where you are on the trail. Excellent job by the Oak Mountain folks.

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Kristin OConnor
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mike may
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Yahkira Yisrael
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Peter Toser
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Kristin Matt
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Jon E
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Emma Gousset
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HikingGreat!

My friend and I accidentally ended up on this trail while trying to hike another one and we were pleasantly surprised. It was definitely steep at certain parts, and we had to take several breaks. Would recommend going in the morning before it gets too hot. The view at the top is worth it.

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Sarah Gilreath
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Overall, this is an enjoyable trail. Regardless of which end you enter at (North or South trailhead), expect a decent effort to ascend to the top of the ridge to view some of the points of interest (Indian Lookout, Shackleford Peak, etc.) . Once you are up on the ridge, this is my favorite part of the trail. You meander with views on each side, rock outcroppings, and pretty grasses/trees. Parts of the trail can be quite rocky so watch your footing. There are some connector trails and other trail crossings that branch off of, or travel over, the White trail, so pay attention at these junctions.

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Haley da Silva
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My husband and I parked at the North trail head, ascended the Blue trail, and took the King's Chair detour. Then we took the Orange connector to loop back to the White trail. Then as the trail started to get super steep, we took the nearest opportunity to turn onto the Red trail, which took us back to the North trail head. Great Hike! It was almost 9 miles, pretty strenuous but not too bad for someone who's used to hiking. Bring more water than you think you'll need. We ran out after about 4.5 miles and really wished we had brought more. We made sandwiches, which made all the difference when we needed a burst of energy! The Blue trail up is moderate (we took a couple breathers), and the White trail down is very rocky and steep, but if you have good shoes, it's not hard. You'll need GOOD hiking shoes! The Red trail is extremely easy and wide (shared with bikers). Nice break to top off our journey :)

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Terrie Bailey
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I've done this one twice and it is my current favorite at Oak Mountain. With the steep climbs it is a good workout. The third mile or so of the trail is a bit overgrown but it's still very passable. The views are great from Indian Lookout, even with the full trees this time of year. Btw the only snake we saw was on the park road.

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Abigail Cooper
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This has the potential to be a really good trail- lots of pretty wildlife and flowers and very quiet. But it is very overgrown and me and my sister saw four snakes, we also had a dog and did not feel safe hiking through. The mountainous part was pretty and worth it but farther than that it just honestly gets dangerous. Needs up-keep.

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Sam Clark
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Brian Kicklighter
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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!

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douglas watson
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I did this trail one way only in early April and loved it. At the time, there were loads of wild flowers, the streams were full of water, and because the trees hadn’t grown into their sunner canopies yet, there were a lot of great views. My favorite part was the section along shackleford peak. Definitely worthwhile.

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Kandi Jackson
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Scott Smith
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Cold winter hike up the White down the Red with Jamie. Good time talking about the big Colorado mountains we are headed to.

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Joseph Honeycutt
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Hiking

My personal favorite in the park.

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Michael Williams
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Hiking

The Birmingham Adventure Group hiked the Blue and White Trail.

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lual siercar
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Scott Smith
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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.

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Michael Williams
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Chip Johnson and I hiked the Blue/White Trails to prepare for a hike this weekend on Section 7 of the Pinhoti Trail. The weather was great for hiking.,,temps in the low 50’s and a breeze blowing. Wild flowers are beginning to bloom, which is nice to observe during a hike. They also present an opportunity to send pictures to my wife.

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Rob Ellis
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Good hike to practice on to prepare for more challenging hikes ahead. Decent views and some beautiful rocks and trees around the area.

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