Oak Mountain State Park

The VOC hosts orienteering meets primarily at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, which is just south of Birmingham on I-65 (exit 246). At 11,632 acres, it is the largest state park in Alabama. With a variety of excellent terrain and features to navigate by, it is well suited for advanced level orienteering courses. We have a large portion of park mapped in detail and rotate meets between several different locations to keep you from getting too acquainted with any one area of the park.

The park has two entrances, with the main entrance at the southwest end of the park and a second entrance at the northeast end of the park (off of Highway 119).


Park Location:

VOC Meet Start/Finish Areas:

  • Tranquility Day Use Area
    Turn off of John Findley Drive near mile marker 4 (BMX track is also here).
  • Terrace Drive Picnic Area [1]
    Go past the park office and beach parking lot on Terrace Drive to the picnic area next to the playground, which is just past the boat launch but before the large south trailhead parking lot. Park in the large gravel parking lot.
  • Fishing Lakes Parking Lot
    Go to the gravel parking area adjacent to the old spillway at the fishing lakes (mile marker 7 in the park).
  • National Guard Field
    Between mile markers 5 and 6 on the south side of John Findley Drive (0.4 miles west of the north trailhead or 400 feet uphill from the turnoff onto Campground Road).
  • Lakeside Pavilion
    On Terrace Drive, go past the marina, park office, and beach parking lot, to the south trailhead loop road on which the pavilions are located.
  • Terrace Drive Picnic Area [2]
    Go past the park office on Terrace Drive and park in either the beach parking lot or the boat launch parking lot. The start/finish area is located between these lots, in the field with the basketball court.
  • Marina Picnic Area
    On Terrace Drive, go just past the marina parking lot and turn right, then bear right and continue for about 500 feet. The picnic area will be on the right, across the road from the Cardinal Pavilion.

OMSP Entrance Fees

Oak Mountain Rates & Fees
  • $5/person - Adult (12+)
  • $2/person - Child (4-11)
  • $2/person - Senior (62+)
  • FREE - Child (3 & under)
  • FREE - All Active Military, Retired Military,
    and Veterans
  • Annual passes are also available for purchase at the park office. Passes are good from the date of purchase to one year from date of purchase.
    • Individual Pass: $180
    • Senior Pass (62+): $80
    • Family Pass (up to 4 people): $230

Other Information

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