Beat the heat in these 5 shaded parks in Birmingham

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Jemison Park in Mountain Brook. (Samantha Moats / Bham Now)

Looking to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking a sweat? You don’t have to look far—there are plenty of parks in Birmingham with ample shade. Check it out!

1. Ruffner Mountain | Birmingham

Visit Ruffner Mountain to learn more about Birmingham’s native wildlife! (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Located near the historic South East Lake neighborhood, Ruffner Mountain is a 1,038-acre nature preserve full of walking trails, long-abandoned ore crushers from mining sites and gorgeous overlooks. Best of all? Most of the trails are protected by shady tree canopies.

BONUS: Be sure to check out the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center to see and learn more about Alabama’s native wildlife, including owls, turtles and snakes!

2. Red Mountain Park | Birmingham

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Have you been on this suspension bridge in Red Mountain Park? (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Did you know Red Mountain Park has 16 miles of multi-use trails? Whether you’re going for a hike, taking your four-legged friend out for a walk or zooming by on a mountain bike, Red Mountain Park has something for everyone.

The 1,500-acre urban park was once home to a series of iron ore mines, so you can still see the remnants of Birmingham’s mining history at Red Mountain Park.

3. Jemison Park | Mountain Brook

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One of the walking trails in Jemison Park. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Nestled along Shades Creek in Mountain Brook, Jemison Park is a 54-acre park perfect for picnicking, exercising and just enjoying the sounds of nature. With ample shade, Jemison Park is a favorite for Mountain Brook residents and visitors alike.

4. McCallum Park | Vestavia Hills

Plan your next family picnic at McCallum Park! (Samantha Moats / Bham Now)

One of the hidden gems of Vestavia Hills, McCallum Park is the perfect place for a hike on a hot summer day. Inside the park you’ll find covered pavilions with tables (perfect for a family picnic), shaded walking trails and open green spaces. Plus, the park is pet friendly—just remember to keep your pup on a leash!

5. Triangle Park | Birmingham

Triangle Park
Triangle Park, located on Clairmont Avenue in Forest Park. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Located in the residential neighborhood of Forest Park, Triangle Park is a small (less than an acre) family-friendly park with a playground and a shaded picnic area. Although it is located next to neighborhood streets, the park is fenced in—making it perfect for families with small children.

What is your favorite shaded park in Birmingham? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer + Photographer

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