Top Adventures in Birmingham

  • Run at Railroad Park in Downtown Birmingham

    In many ways, Railroad Park has become a symbol for the revitalization of downtown Birmingham, and it’s helping to ignite a new excitement for the city. Opened in 2010, Railroad Park makes reference to the Steel City’s industrial past, and runs pa...

    1.5 miles 20 ft gain

  • Bike to Sloss Furnace from Railroad Park

    Sloss Furnace is a historic industrial site in downtown Birmingham. For nearly a hundred years, this blast furnace produced iron for the “Steel City.” The site is now designated as a National Historic Landmark, and is a fun place to explore, wande...

    4.2 miles

  • Run at Jemison Park

    Jemison Park is a 54-acre green space located in historic Mountain Brook. The main stretch of trail runs alongside Mountain Brook Parkway on one side and Shades Creek on the other, for a total of about 2 miles when connected with the Nature Trail ...

    4 miles

  • Trail Run to Skyhy Tree House at Red Mountain Park

    From the park entrance there are several ways to get to Skyhy Tree House, and the trail system allows for loops of varying distances and difficulty. There’s a large map about a quarter mile down the main trail from the park entrance, and paper tra...

    4.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike to Ruffner Mountain's Hawk's View Overlook

    Park at the little league baseball fields that are across the road from the access point where the trail meets the road on the southeastern corner of the preserve that you can see on the map. Hike up a gentle incline NW on the Ridge and Valley Tra...

    2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Kayak the Cahaba River

    There are several places you can drop your kayak in. This is one of the more accessible spots. Another popular spot for dropping in your kayak is located on Grants Mill Road. If coming from I459, it will be on your left shortly after passing Churc...

  • Bouldering at Moss Rock Preserve

    Moss Rock has abundant parking, and easy access to all climbing areas. There is no fee for use or facilities, however there are several small local restaurants and often times a food truck within walking distance of the parking lot.There are two m...

    1 miles -50 ft gain

  • Exploring Moss Rock Preserve

    Home to one of the largest boulder fields in Southeast, Moss Rock Preserve provides adventure for all types of explorers. Nestled in the rocky, rolling hills of Birmingham, at the end of the Appalachian Mountains, Moss Rock is aptly named after th...

    0.5 miles 164 ft gain

  • Hike to King's Chair

    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 dir...

    4 miles 600 ft gain

  • Trail Run the Lake Trail at Oak Mountain State Park

    The 2.3 mile Lake Trail runs more than two-thirds of the way around Double Oak Lake, from the South Trailhead to the marina and can easily be made into a 3 mile loop by connecting onto the paved road, Terrace Drive. In comparison to many other hik...

    3 miles

  • Mountain Bike at Oak Mountain State Park

    Oak Mountain State Park has some great mountain biking for all ages and all skill levels. Most trails at Oak Mountain are more oriented to the cross country rider, but you can find a couple of trails more geared towards downhill, gravity riders. H...

    26 miles

  • SCUBA Dive at Blue Water Quarry

    Blue water park is a popular diving location tucked away off a main highway in a central Alabama town named Pelham. The quarry attracts many students and instructors to the three 20 foot training platforms and three training pools containing 4 and...

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    • Brookwood, Alabama

      Burchfield Branch Park

      Overview Burchfield Branch Park is located near Holt Lake on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With many amenities, access to the water and opportunities to vie...

    • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

      Deerlick Creek

      Overview Deerlick Creek Campground is located on Holt Lake on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The facility is in a beautiful forest along the shoreline, provi...

    • Double Springs, Alabama

      Clear Creek (Al)

      Overview Located in Bankhead National Forest, Clear Creek is the largest recreation area on Lake Lewis Smith. It offers a day use group picnic site, a campground and countless ways to enjoy the la...

    • Double Springs, Alabama

      Corinth Recreation Area

      Overview Located in Bankhead National Forest, Corinth is a popular recreation area on Lake Lewis Smith. It offers a day-use group picnic site, a campground and countless ways to enjoy the lake and...

    • Houston, Alabama

      Houston Recreation Area

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    • Houston, Alabama

      Houston Shelter

      Overview Houston Shelter is a group picnic site nestled on the shore of Lake Lewis Smith in Bankhead National Forest. This is a popular recreation area offering a variety of activities. Shelter is...

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