Our roots run deep in red dirt.
Red Mountain Park understands the value of this land as the pivotal resource for Birmingham’s beginning, and—until now—an untapped resource for our modern city. This land marks the spot where Birmingham began, where all men—no matter their race—worked side by side toward one common goal. This is the land where a common purpose was shared, where miners worked hard to take care of their families, to help the men working at their sides, to contribute to our growing city.
On this mountain, men mined for more than iron ore. They mined for equality. And they found a connection in the mountain’s red dirt: their common ground. For more than 50 years, though, Red Mountain has divided the communities of Birmingham—black and white, poor and wealthy.
Red Mountain Park changes that.
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To connect our communities by reclaiming the land where Birmingham began, uniting us all on the path toward a healthier future.
To be a self-sustaining, award-winning park in the city we helped redefine.
The Park reminds us of our common past and our common purpose. The Park invites us all to explore who we are. This is the land where the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute can bring high school students to study nonviolent movements, where a women’s cycling team can train for a national competition, where members of the Lakeshore Foundation can break in the innovative off-road Nomad wheelchairs, where a young boy can overcome his fear of heights as he ziplines through the forest, or where a young couple can get engaged after a long hike as they overlook the city. Red Mountain Park empowers each of us to reclaim this land. Red Mountain Park is the site of one of the most ambitious and historically significant new park projects in America.
Red Mountain Park encompasses 1,500 acres of land along the Red Mountain Ridge in central Alabama. The Park is central to Birmingham and its surrounding diverse communities. As the land that was once the site of extensive iron ore mining that built Birmingham, Red Mountain was the city’s greatest resource. Today, more than a generation removed from the closing of the last iron ore mine on its property, the 1,500-acre Park is quickly becoming a vital urban green space for a new generation in Birmingham, uniting us all on the path toward a healthier future. Explore the ways RMP can be one of your greatest resources today. Some of our best attractions include:
- Over 15 miles of trails featuring two city overlooks
- Three breathtaking tree houses
- The 6-acre off-leash Remy’s Dog Park
- Adventures like the Vulcan Materials Zip Trip and Kaul Adventure Tower
But this is only the beginning.
We Need Your Support
Red Mountain Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (not a state park!).
Since opening to the public in 2012, donors like YOU have transformed this historic iron-ore mining site into a vibrant 1,500-acre park! We are donor supported. Our Adventures and programs cover 25% of our annual operating costs – for the reset, we count on you.
Help us Move Mountains
Red Mountain Park currently welcomes roughly 11,000 visitors per month.
How do we know?
We use the “TRAFx Counting System,” which includes hardware and software to easily collect and analyze visitor numbers. More information can be found on the TRAFx website.
This valuable data helps us understand how our Park and trails are used by YOU. We also use this info to apply for grants and other funding.