With its unique geography and rich culture, Birmingham is an attractive destination for visitors of both the two- and four-legged variety. The city is flanked by mountains, including Red Mountain to the south and Sand Mountain to the north.
The Ruffner Mountain Nature Reserve, which is located in the eastern mountain, is one of the largest private nature reserves in the country. It covers more than 1,000 acres and has plenty of trails for dogs and their families to explore, providing beautiful scenery and a breath of fresh air along with glimpses of wildlife.
Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain Park is perfect for dogs that prefer to run without restraint. This off-leash park has three areas separated by dog size and temperament, allowing all dogs to feel comfortable and at ease while playing. At six acres, this is the largest dog park in the state and has more than enough room for dogs to get in some good exercise.
Wind down your night at home or at one of the many pet-friendly hotels in the city, including but not limited to the La Quinta Inn, Sheraton Birmingham, and Homewood Suites. Several of these establishments do not charge a fee for pets, which simply highlights the warm welcome a pet can expect to find here in Birmingham.
Railroad Park is an urban green space that covers 8 blocks and 19 acres in the Five Points South neighborhood of central Birmingham. Dogs and owners will enjoy Rail Trail, a spacious path that winds around a large lake, quiet streams, and bio-filtration marshes. Athletic and energetic breeds will love a game of frisbee on the 9-acre open lawn. If you and your fur-baby are in need of a little R&R, perhaps an afternoon nap under one of the property's 600 trees is more your speed. Be sure to take plenty of water, a leash, and doggie waste bags. Railroad Park is dedicated to remaining an eco-friendly, environmentally sound playground for humans and canines alike.