Overview. This was a really nice way to breakup our long drive down to Gulf Shores, Alabama. After stopping in Pelham for the night, we opted outside in the morning to stretch the legs and take in an awesome view from King's Chair in Oak Mountain State Park. It's a short hike with what's likely one of the best views in the Birmingham area.
Note that there are a few side trails along the ridgeline and all are worth a look, but the view from King's Chair is the best. To reach it, keep going on the out route until you reach an outcropping that looks like a chair. It's a pretty comfortable seat:-)
Also, this is Alabama’s largest state park, and opportunities for hiking and trail running abound. It would be worth another visit to explore the 50 miles of trails available at the park.
Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 3.68 miles
Overall Difficulty | Moderate
Oak Mountain SP Map from Alabama State Parks
Trailhead. Upon arriving at Oak Mountain State Park, you'll stop at the main gate where you'll need to pay a park entrance fee of $5 per person. Continue through on the main park road until you reach the North Trailhead parking lot past the golf course on the left side. The trailhead is directly across the street. There is a vault toilet, but no water here. [map]
Trail navigation. This is a very simple hike to navigate with extremely well marked trails with most side trails marked as well. Start on the Blue Trail and continue to the top. Once there, turn left (North) to follow the signs to King's Chair where you'll enjoy a beautiful and expansive East facing overlook. Furthest out in the distance is the Talladega National Forest that is home to a large section of the Pinhoti Trail. Retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.