Oak Mountain State Park

The VOC hosts orienteering meets primarily at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL (just south of Birmingham on I-65, exit 246) which is the only area in Alabama with orienteering quality maps large enough to host advanced orienteering courses. We have a large portion of the 8,820 acre park mapped with enough detail for orienteering. This allows us to start in several different locations throughout the park to keep you from getting too acquainted with any one section 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.

Map Type Comparison (Tranquility Lake Area):

Trail Map:

  • trail map (jpg, 508k)
    green areas are ridges and higher elevations

OMSP Entrance Fees

Oak Mountain Rates & Fees
  • $5/person - Adult (12+)
  • $2/person - Child (4-11)
  • $2/person - Senior (62+)
  • 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 Park Information

Oak Mountain State Park
Map Type Comparison of Tranquility Lake Area
(select map from links to the left)
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