Botanical Gardens Walking/Jogging Trail
ElevationAscent: 162' 49 m
Descent: -163' -50 m
High: 813' 248 m
Low: 671' 205 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
Popular hikes nearby
Old Mill via Jemison Park Trail
2.4 mi 3.8 km • Out and Back • 94 ft Ascent 28.54 m Ascent
Red Mountain Loop
8.1 mi 13.0 km • Loop • 483 ft Ascent 147.1 m Ascent
Marian Harnach Nature Trail
0.8 mi 1.3 km • Loop • 98 ft Ascent 29.72 m Ascent
Boulder Gorge Loop
2.1 mi 3.4 km • Loop • 235 ft Ascent 71.62 m Ascent
Narrows Ridge Full Loop
3.5 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 651 ft Ascent 198.31 m Ascent
Tannehill Ironworks Loop
6.7 mi 10.7 km • Point to Point • 520 ft Ascent 158.47 m Ascent
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“A fabulous 2-mile loop that hits most of the highlights of the outstanding botanic gardens.”— Kristen Arendt
ADA Accessible The parking lot and Garden Center, including the Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, are barrier-free facilities. The path itself is currently not barrier-free and assistance will be necessary.
Family Friendly So much for kids to explore! Visit the Conservatory to learn about tropical plants and cacti. Take a stroll past the pond to try to spot fish. Go for a walk through the bamboo forest.
This loop starts from the main parking area (parking and admission are free) by the Conservatory and heads south past Garden Center through the Barber Alabama Woodlands, meandering through shaded woods before coming to a wide and well-packed path that leads to the southern end of the loop and the Japanese Garden. The red torii Gate is particularly picturesque in the fall when surrounded by the vibrant fall colors of the Japanese maples and other trees lining the path.
You then head back to the north, climbing ever so slightly, up to the north end of the park (and the high point of your loop). On the north side of the park, you'll have the opportunity to explore the rhododendron, fern, and camellia gardens. There are a few alternate and connecting paths here that you can choose to explore. You may accidentally get off the main loop, as the route isn't marked, but enjoy the chance to explore no matter where you end up.
The trail then loops back south, winding past the Bog Garden, passing in front of the Conservatory (definitely stop in if you have time!) and ends with a quick hike through the Rose Garden before returning you to the start point.
Hiked this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know, History & Background
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.