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Trails of Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park has approximately 51 miles of trail that people enjoy on a daily basis.

We have the Red, White, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Orange trails.

The Red, White, Blue, and Yellow Trails all begin at the North Trailhead, which is located on John Findley Drive about 6 miles inside the park if you are coming from the front gate. If you use the back entrance, it is about 1.5 - 2 miles inside the gate.

Map of Oak Mountain State Park Trails
Map Courtesy of Thigpen Designs
 

The Green Trail begins near the Park Office on Terrace Drive. The Red Trail meets Terrace Drive in several places. The Yellow Trail also ends on Terrace Drive near the South Trailhead.

The beginning of the Orange Trail is located on John Findley Drive near the stables.

The Red Trail, also known as the Double Oak Trail, is designated as the bike trail and is 17 miles long. It is steep and rough in places. Hikers, as well as bikers, can use this trail; however, this is the only trail in the park that bikers can use. The Red Trail is a loop.

The White Trail, or the Shackleford Point Trail, is 6.4 miles long (one way). You must turn arouns and come back the way you came or pick up a connector trail to go a different way. It begins at the North Trailhead and follows a path similiar to the Blue Trail but at a lower elevation. The White Trail does climb to the highest point in the park, which is known as Shackleford Point at an elevation of 1,260 feet. The White Trail ends at the Peavine Falls parking lot.

The Blue Trail, or the South Rim Trail, is 6.7 miles long (one way). You must turn around and come back the way you came or pick up a connector trail to go a different way. Beginning at the North Trailhead, the Blue Trail makes a steep climb up the ridge, going from an elevation of approximately 620 feet to approximately 1100 feet. Once the ascent is made, the trail follows the ridge to end at the Peavine Falls parking lot.

The Yellow Trail, known as the Foothills Trail, is approximately 8 miles long (one way). It begins at the North Trailhead and travels at a low elevation around Lake Tranquility to end at Peavine Road close to the South Trailhead area (off Terrace Drive). The Yellow Trail does make some climbs.

Maggie's Glen is a popular spot to hike to. It sits along a stream bank with many species of plants and trees growing there. It is a very quiet place to sit and relax. It can be accessed from the White Trail, the Yellow Trail, and the Red/Yellow connector.

The Green Trail, known as the Peavine Falls Trail, begins near the Park Office/Beach area on Terrace Drive. It is the shortest trail at 1.9 miles long, but it is also the steepest. The Green Trail goes from an elevation of approximately 550 feet to approximately 1,100 feet. The Green Trail doesn't lead directly to Peavine Falls (the waterfall) but ends at the Peavine Falls parking lot where you can get on the White or Blue Trail that will take you to the falls. About 1 mile up the trail from Terrace Drive, you begin a climb from approximately 800 feet to approximately 1,020 feet.

The Wildlife Center Trail is a short 0.3 mile trail. It leads from the beach parking lot up to the Wildlife Center. It also connects to the Treetop Nature Trail (which is an elevated boardwalk with several cages housing birds of prey that have been rehabilitated after having been injured), the Yellow Trail, and the Orange Trail.

The Orange Trail is known as the Horse Trail and is approximately 13 miles long. One portion of the trail begins at the stables (located on John Findley Drive) and winds around through the woods to end back at the stables. A second starting point can be found along John Findley Drive about a 1/2 mile past Terrace Drive. This is the Camp Road Loop. Parking for horse trailers is on the left of the road and the entrance to the trail is on the right coming from the Front Gate. The Orange Trail is for horses only, no foot or bike traffic.

The Lake Trail is a multi-use hike and bike trail around Double Oak Lake located on Terrace Drive. There are 2 main entrances to the Lake Trail - you can park at the Marina and walk back to an entrance or you may park at the South Trailhead Parking lot and pick up the trail there. The Lake Trail is 2.3 miles long and includes a section called Rattlesnake Ridge. It is popular with bikers because of the numerous switchbacks. You can observe scenic views of Double Oak Lake as you walk or bike around this trail. It has a gentle rolling terrain with some incline in certain areas.

We have implemented a trail marking system on all of the hiking trails. This does not, at the present time, include the Orange Trail, or the Wildlife Center Trail. This marking system is designed to help us cut down on the search time and area when someone is hurt or lost. Each trail is uniquely colored and numbered. The posts are placed approximately every 1/4 mile and colored the same as the trail. Each post has a number and they do NOT repeat. A lost or injured hiker can call us and tell us the number of the last post that they passed & we can tell them the best way to get out or we can go almost straight to them in a short amount of time.

Blue Trail       1 to 26
White Trail     27 to 51
Green Trail     52 to 59
Yellow Trail    60 to 86

Red Trail        100 to 160

Trail Recommendations for Park Visitors 

Family Oriented: Treetop Nature Trail; White Trail to Maggie’s Glen; Lake Trail

Waterfall: Green Trail to White Trail; White Trail from Peavine Falls Parking Lot

Quiet Spot with View: Yellow Trail or White Trail from North Trailhead to Maggie’s Glen; Yellow Trail from BMX track around lake

Steep Climbs: Blue Trail from North Trailhead, Green Trail, Red Road from North Trailhead, White Trail headed out from Maggie’s Glen towards Peavine Falls

Loops:

Maggie’s Loop – 2 ½ miles (start at North Trailhead & take White Trail to Yellow/Red Connector to Red Road back to North Trailhead).

North Loop – 3 ½ miles (Begin at the North Trailhead on the Red Road to the North Red/Blue Connector. Go right on Blue to the South Red/Blue Connector. Go right on Red Road back to North Trailhead.)

Shackleford Loop – 6 ½ miles (Begin at North Trailhead on the Red Road to the North Red/Blue Connector. Go right on Blue Trail to Orange Connector. Take Orange Connector to the White Trail. Follow White Trail to North Trailhead.)

Peavine Loop – 2 ¼ miles (Begin at Peavine Falls Parking Lot. Take White Trail to White/Blue Connector near marker 47. Take White/Blue Connector to Blue Trail. Go right on Blue Trail to White Trail. Take White Trail to Parking lot.)

Red, White, & Green Loop – 4 miles (Beginning at Peavine Falls Parking Lot, take the White Trail to the Red Road. Follow Red Road to left to Green Trail. Follow Green Trail back to Peavine Falls Parking Lot.)

Wildlife Loop – 1 mile (Begin along the Wildlife Center Trail at Terrace Drive to the Yellow Trail. Turn right onto the Yellow Trail and follow to the intersection of the Green. Turn right onto the Green Trail and follow back to Terrace Drive.

Highest Points in Park: White Trail to Shackleford Point; along Blue Trail