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What an amazing campground! Alabama knocked this one out of the park. From the first time you enter the park, which isn’t too far from BHam or the interstate, you’re transported to a different place where things move much more slowly just the way we like it. The campground is a 5 mile ride from the main entrance. A beautiful winding road takes you all the way, deep into the property. If you’re lucky, you will see plenty of wildlife (we saw 7 deer and one rabbit). The campsites are very spacious, we stayed in site A30 which was great! But if you want a view, try A26 which overlooks the lake. There is a general store on property that even has propane. If you’re active, they offer bike and hiking trails, horse riding, kayak and paddle boat rentals, and a couple of beaches. Don’t wait, book your stay here ASAP!
Payne Lake East is primitive camping that costs $6 dollars a night. From here you can access the amenities on the west shore. We are here in mid February and all but one of the full hook up sites on the west side are occupied. However, on the east side there is only one other camper. The lake is very pretty and has an area for swimming and a boat launch. On the east side the water is shut off this time of year, but it is available at the dump station. The east side offers a pit toilet, picnic tables and lantern post at each site. Apparently there are alligators here, but they are seldom seen this time of year per the campground host. Two to Three bars of Verizon 4G LTE
This campground has zero cell service, so if you can’t do without that read no further. We had a lovely stay here other than that. We enjoyed being waterfront at site #5, but there are 8 total lots on the water and then more sites that are in the wooded area. Lots 4, 5, and 6 seem to be the better ones and if your camping with friends or family 7 and 8 would be a great choice, since they are very close to each other at the end. This campground is pretty much equal distance between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. We enjoyed our stay. It’s a four star only because of cell service. My mom fell while we were there and my children couldn’t get in touch with us.🥲
If you plan on having service - I don’t think any phone service is available there. Nice and secluded. It was the first park I’ve been to that the playgrounds are still closed and that was one of the main reasons we went. Very quiet. Sites 1-8 are right on river. Would be 5 stars except we really didn’t have much to do without play grounds with 4 kids so left a day early.
Well wort the little extra drive to get to the campground in the middle of the park. Beautiful sites. Some spread out some near each other but still lots of room. Park has lots of stuff to do or just relax in nature. Watch our video showing Oak Mountain Park. https://youtu.be/Kw3BTjl8io8