Green Spaces Birmingham
Nature is important for each of us. Open air, trees, and space contribute to our physical well-being, and our spiritual center. Nowhere else offers the restful quietude found in a natural setting. In urban areas, planned green spaces afford each of us the place to get outside, get away and relax, exercise, even meditate. This page will offer a listing of green spaces, and environmentally friendly places in the city of Birmingham, as well as day-trip destinations. If you have a favorite green space you’d like to see listed, please shoot me an email.
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st St S
Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
Located in the heart of Birmingham, AL, Ruffner Mountain is a beautiful oasis of nature set right in the middle of Birmingham’s mining past. With over 1,000 acres, and 12 miles of well-marked hiking tails, the center offers free access for hikers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. The new Tree Top Visitor’s center offer educational facilities and programs for schools and other civic groups. For more information, please visit their website at www.ruffnermountain.org.
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Located in Pinson, Alabama
Located just 20 minutes north of Birmingham, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is an easy drive north on Hwy. 79. The preserve boasts 466 acres of natural area, dotted with maintained trails, benches and of course, it’s main attraction, Turkey Creek. Hours are 8-5 August – March, and 8-6 April through July. Note: gates close 30 minutes before closing. To download a trail map, or for further information, you may click here to visit The Southern Environmental Center. Pets on leash are welcome.