Oak mountain state park has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. There's so much to do; and its always growing. It's the largest state park in Alabama. Theres lakes, waterfalls, nature trails, basket ball court, volley ball, a petting zoo, horses back riding, water sports, dirt bikes trails, BMX course, archery, cabins, primitive camping and rv's , a beach, a wildlife rescue center and so much more. If you're in the area do yourself a favor and check it out.
After a calling oak mountain state park and trying to make reservations, I was informed that we wouldn't need to make reservations that there was PLENTY of campsites. After loading up the suv Jam packed with 3 kids and a 100 lb dog in the summer heat and arriving at oak mountain we were told they were at capacity… Moving on…we needed a campsite and wanted to stay on the lake in Shelby.al. Last minute we found this place. They were very nice and accommodating and although we were grateful. It was kinda weird. once we arrived it wasn't at all what we expected. It wasn't a campground per say. It was about a acre of land maybe and there was about four campers( long term) sitting at the waters edge and thats it. It felt alot like we were in someone's front yard camping lol there was a few houses on both sides up and above us and it was just kinda strange and the people who let us stay there were as well. It was a older man and a younger girl who appeared to be very high strung. It was kinda shady to be honest kinda felt like we weren't supposed to be there and we paid them $20 and they left, came back once or twice while we were there just kinda strange idk anyways they were nice and accommodating. We cleaned the area up really nice for them and burned alot of the debris. It was still nice waking up to the sounds of the woods and water.