Outdoors

A Breath of Fresh Air

Did you know Alabama is one of the most biodiverse states? Benefiting from our warm climate and abundant water resources, our ecosystems are home to some of the world’s most interesting species.

With four distinct seasons, outdoor lovers can feel at home any time of year in Birmingham’s green spaces. Several large lakes, nature preserves, state parks and two national forests are located within a 1.5-hour drive of Birmingham. When the mountains call, the iconic Appalachian Mountains deliver the wow factor you’re searching for just north of Birmingham, and the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are just a quick trip away.

Climate

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54° F

Average January High

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34°F

Average January Low

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91°F

Average July High

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71°F

Average July Low

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53.7

Inches Annual Rainfall

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2

Inches Annual Snowfall

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213

Days of Sunshine

Red Rock Trail System

The Red Rock Trail System is a 750-mile plan to create a network for trails, parks, bike lanes and sidewalks throughout Jefferson County. With 115 miles of trails already complete, this interconnected pathway encourages residents to get outside and explore the city from a new perspective.

Railroad Park

A park so good it beat out The High Line in NYC for The Urban Open Space Award. Praised as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” Railroad Park is one of the city’s most beloved green spaces. Its 19 acres of rolling green grass hills nestled in front of the city’s skyline is frequently filled with families and friends of all ages and all backgrounds. It is truly one of the most comforting experiences to see in the city.

Red Mountain + Ruffner Mountain

Mountains once mined for their abundance iron ore are now home to some of the city’s most popular outdoor spaces. Red Mountain Park and Ruffner Mountain provide a unique opportunity to walk, bike or hike among history. Whether its zip lining or trail running, both spaces leave plenty of room to explore.

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