Red Mountain Park

#6 in Best Things To Do in Birmingham
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Jeff Newman/Courtesy of Red Mountain Park

Key Info

2011 Frankfurt Dr.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

There's something for everyone at Red Mountain Park, where miners once toiled to extract iron ore from the red soil. The 1,500-acre park features more than 15 miles of trails, two scenic overlooks, three treehouses, an off-leash dog park and adventures from zip lining and climbing to a ropes course.

Many visitors loved the zip line and ropes courses, but bemoaned the poorly marked and confusing trail signs and the lack of proper restrooms (the park does offer portable toilets). Most said the trails – not particularly long or challenging – are more for walkers than hikers, including families with strollers and small children. Pet owners also appreciated the dog park, as well as the plentiful free parking. 

Located 10 miles south of downtown Birmingham, the trailhead entrance to the park is on Frankfurt Drive: from the Lakeshore Parkway, take Exit 255 and head west for 3 miles. Gates are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and parking is directly across the street. There is a charge for some of the park activities, ranging from $5 for guided hikes to $45 for the ropes treetop courses. Check the website for directions from other areas or for more information on the facilities and regulations. 

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