A moderately steep hike up in Oak Mountain State Park leads you to one of the best views south of Birmingham.

The pin leads you to the parking lot of Oak Mountain State Park. To get into Oak Mountain State Park there is a $5 fee. From the parking lot, the trail head is easily visible and right across the road. The trails split in a couple of different directions at the trail head, but to go to the King's Chair Overlook, follow the blue trail. The trail is a little over 2 miles and is inclined for most of the way up. Following the sparse blue markings along the trail, you will eventually run up on Eagle's Nest Overlook. Continue past the Eagle's Nest Overlook and after a little longer you will run up on an incredible view. When walking up to the edge of the cliff, you will look for a rocky overlook with a small rock seat that has been named the "King's Chair" (as pictured above). There are tons of trees around that are great for setting up your portable hammock. Enjoy!

Pack List

To hike to King's Chair you need:

  • Water
  • Good shoes
  • Camera
  • Hammock (optional)
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 600 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Scenic

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New Year Hike

One of the better views in Bhm area. Well worth the hike, even in 30 degree weather!

December 2017

The Kings Chair view is more than worth the walk! Be very wary of the trail splits, the markers are not always clear. Best to plan ahead instead of relying on the markers.

Great Hike!

Girlfriend and I loved the hike up to the top! Perfect early afternoon hike rewarded with a great view at the top. Take a hammock and enjoy absolute solitude with the only sound being the birds around. Definitely will do again!


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