The 5 Rivers Delta Center is an accessible building with a large, accessible deck for viewing wildlife in the marshy delta that surrounds the property.
The airport provides an excellent and up-close opportunity to watch the adjacent marsh from the parking lot or from your car. Tri-colored Heron, rails and many other wading birds can be seen from the paved parking area. An Osprey nest is visible as well.
The facility itself is accessible, with restrooms that provide access for those with mobility challenges. There are several small, hard packed gravel roads that, while not technically accessible, do provide easy walking and a degree of wheelchair access, particularly for those who have a good bit of upper body strength or have a companion who can assist. Most of these roads are fairly level and well maintained. Within a couple of hundred yards of the main facility is a large, open field that is bordered by the road. During late spring and summer months, Mississippi Kites often nest here.
Accessible parking – Accessible parking is available in the first several spaces of the parking lot closest to the theatre. The theatre is fully accessible. There are various walking paths to access the grounds. All restrooms include at least one wheelchair accessible stall as well as baby-changing facilities and a step stool to safely reach the sink. Much of the park can be birded by car.
There is approximately 1 mile of maintained asphalt and packed crushed limestone trails featuring a 1/2 mile lake trail circling the 5 acre lake edge. There are boardwalks, bird viewing platform, restrooms, picnic areas and opportunities for photography and restricted fishing with resting benches throughout the Gardens. 90% of the trails are handicap accessible.
The paved portion of the trails provides access to a good portion of the gardens. The packed, crushed limestone offers access to almost all of the remaining portion. There is a short dirt footpath that leads to an area with slightly higher elevations that is not accessible via wheelchair, but most of the park is pretty easy to access. There are multiple benches throughout the park.
The parking lot and Garden Center, including the Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, are barrier-free facilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During operating hours of the Garden Center, complimentary wheelchairs are available to check out at the Receptionist's desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
Much of the site is currently not barrier-free and assistance will be necessary. Nevertheless, many paths and garden areas have hard surfaces throughout and offer numerous visiting opportunities. The Japanese Gardens area and the Alabama Woodlands paths are considerably less accessible and some paths that lead to the more remote sections of the Gardens are dirt, but the main paths are very accessible, paved paths that have a gentle slope.
Although some pathways feature grades that are steeper than others, Birmingham Zoo is wheelchair accessible. In some cases, please look for signs directing for special access. Personal wheelchairs or electric carts are welcome inside the Zoo.
Accessible parking spaces are available for guests with disabilities in the main parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis; there is ramp accessibility at the main entrance.
The train and carousel are wheelchair-accessible. The Zoo’s restaurants have wheelchair-accessible entrances and table accommodations. Family restrooms which accommodate wheelchairs and companions are located at the Primate Building and at Safari Peak.
A limited quantity of manual strollers, wheelchairs and electric carts are available for rent inside the Zoo on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability or reserve equipment. Rental fee plus a held photo ID as a deposit are required to rent all equipment.
The Zoo has been designated a “sensory inclusive facility.” The goals of this initiative are to:
Raise Awareness of challenges facing people with sensory processing needs among Zoo staff and throughout the community
Increase accessibility throughout the Zoo grounds for guests with sensory processing needs
Promote inclusive experiences for guests with sensory processing needs
The area has a good deal of paved paths, particularly those surrounding the ballfields. Opportunities to see birds like Killdeer should be relatively easy from these paved pathways, as should, in season, views of the Mississippi Kites as they soar over the fields.
The Jeff Friend Trail is considered wheelchair accessible. There is a small observation deck that provides good views of the lagoon.
The park has one ADA accessible campsite and a separate ADA accessible bath house. Portions of the park can be explored via wheelchair, but there are no dedicated accessible trails. There is some birding from the parking area and the area makes a good base camp for exploring around the region.
Car birding in a good option here. Parking and using the roadway with caution can also provide good views of the fields.
Much of the park is accessible. Views from the restaurant parking area are sweeping and offer an excellent opportunity to hawk watch, particularly in fall. The roads are narrow, but offer many pulloffs where birding by car can be quite productive. The Bald Rock Trail is an accessible boardwalk that leads to a spectacular view. Pay attention while on the trail, as this is also a good place to watch for woodpeckers year-round and woodland migrants in spring and fall.
Bald Rock Trail has a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible. Guests with young children find this stroller accessible trail fun for the whole family. This trail is a 1/4 mile long, and ends in a picturesque overlook with views that stretch for miles. The overlook provides views and is accessible as well as the trail leading there. Inquire at the park headquarters as the boardwalk does require maintenance from time to time.
The site itself is accessible. Some views are available for those with limited access and the birding can be good from the parking area. A good deal of the rock area is not accessible, so plan accordingly.
The roadside leading to the park is great for car birding and the park itself has accessible restrooms and a good bit of paved area, allowing for some exploration of edges of the surrounding woods.
Lake Loop Trail takes the visitor through the maritime forest, where the dominant plants are Loblolly and Slash Pines, Live Oak, Southern Magnolia and Tupelo Gum. It leads by slightly elevated boardwalk from the parking lot to Gaillard Lake, where turtles, an occasional alligator and wading birds can be seen. Those wanting to go further can cross the Dune Edge Trail at the southern western corner of the lake and cross a boardwalk to the beach.
This is a very accessible, short paved path along the banks of the Black Warrior River. There is ample parking and multiple benches to rest. There are good views of the river from the trail and a small pavilion to provide shelter from the sun or rain.
The trail around the lake is paved and level and creates a nice, accessible 1.1 mile loop. Birds are easily viewed from the wide walkway, but you can also access a wooden plank pier to venture closer to the small island that houses Black-crowned Night-herons.
The boardwalk itself is accessible, but access to the boardwalk can be a challenge if there has been rain recently. The field prior to getting onto the boardwalk can be muddy and a challenge for those in wheelchairs. We rate this site as somewhat accessible due to the packed walkway. The excellent boardwalk is easy to manage, but make sure that the area has not had any rain recently, as there are 100 feet of grassy field before the path starts and another 200 feet of hard-packed dirt trail before the boardwalk begins. During dry conditions, this shouldn't be an issue. There is a lip of about 1 inch at the beginning of the boardwalk that can be a challenge for those in wheelchairs to manage alone. Once on the boardwalk, the remainder of the trail is very accessible and easy to utilize. There are accessible restrooms at the site as well. Parking can be challenging, as there are no accessible parking spaces and it is shoulder of the road parking only.
There is a 1/2 mile fully accessible ADA compliant trail that leads from a gravel parking lot to the top of the mountain and the observation tower. The trail itself is a 60 inch wide poured cement trail with a gentle slope and many, many switchbacks to get you to the top of the mountain, leading through the forest. The parking lot is gravel, but has designated handicap parking. The road that leads to the trail is passable, but very bumpy and not suitable for very low clearance vehicles.
This park offers good views of Demopolis Lake and lots of paved parking. There are opportunities for accessible birding here. It may be difficult to access the areas of the park not directly adjacent to the road and parking areas.
Preserve guests can view the headwaters of Graham Creek and the memorial tree grove by utilizing the ADA-compliant trail and wetland boardwalk near the Interpretive Center.
Much of this park can be comfortably birded from your car. There are paved roads throughout and accessible restrooms.
This facility offers lots of paved parking and some good views of the lake from paved areas. The road into the park is good for birding by car. Accessible restrooms and campsites.
The park has a system of trails, some paved, others gravel. In addition to the trails, there are good access points to view the river in search of waders and waterfowl, particularly in winter months.
The boardwalk and access from the both entrances are accessible. Some of the areas that do not have boardwalk rely on natural hard dirt which can be wet during and after heavy rains and flooding.
There’s a paved path through the woods just west of the parking area for the lagoons and picnic area. Walk this trail in spring and fall for a good mix of migrant songbirds.
Lake Purdy Fishing Lake (the second of the three stops listed above) offers some accessible access, including accessible restrooms. They also rent boats that can be used to on the lake.
The boardwalk ramp and covered observation deck are wheelchair accessible, but access to the ramp can be challenging when the area is muddy. The deck provides excellent views of a small wetland area large enough to attract Pied-billed Grebes and other ducks, plus a variety of waders. The remainder of the trails are generally level, but rough and not suitable for traditional wheelchair access. They can be very muddy depending on the weather. Birding by car can be very productive here.
The Canyon Center building is accessible. The birding at the center itself is fairly limited, however.
There are multiple opportunities to enjoy the park's accessible areas with relatively easy access to the Little River for viewing. The large shade trees provide some relief in summer, and excellent places to watch birds from the picnic tables and paved parking area.
The 1/3 mile paved walking trail provides access to much of the park. This park can be birded in an hour or less.
There is a gravel walking trail that wraps around the lake. The trail is fairly level and has an even grade. Wheelchair access is limited, but there are a number of paved roads with very limited traffic and birding by car can work pretty effectively for this park. There is also a very short concrete path to the lake with good views.
The paved parking lot at the overlook on Monte Sano is very accessible and one of the most popular locations for area birders (and the birds they are looking for) in the park. The top of the mountain is a well documented migrant trap in spring each year and offers excellent views of raptors as they move south each fall. Well worth a visit!
There are multiple paved walking paths throughout the zoo, along with accessible restrooms.
There are multiple opportunities at the park for those who use wheelchairs. The Treetop Nature Trail near the Alabama Wildlife Center offers boardwalk access; the Wildlife Center is accessible. There is one accessible cabin on the lake that can be reserved for overnight visits up to a year in advance.
Much of the birding activity is found along the drive into the park, so birding from the passenger seat (and driver's seat with caution) is accessible. Restrooms provided are accessible. The trail into the woods is not accessible.
The Nature Center is fully ADA accessible. Most of the trails are natural dirt trails with steep grades and are not accessible. There are good locations to watch birds from outside the Nature Center and from the nearby pavilion. Summer Tanagers, Eastern Phoebes and others are often within easy sight of these accessible locations.
This is a paved trail with a fairly level grade. As it is in the floodplain of Shades Creek, it does flood. The path is generally in good repair, but plan accordingly and proceed with caution during wet weather. The paved path offers good views of the surrounding woodlands. The path is well traveled by runners, walkers and some bicycles.
There are multiple opportunities to bird from your car here, particularly in the camping area. The roads are quiet and many people walk along the road, watching for cars if any approach. The trail is relatively wide and somewhat hard packed, but would be challenging or impossible for someone in a traditional wheelchair.
The area nearest the gravel parking lot is relatively accessible, and includes a covered pavilion with picnic tables and restrooms. It is easy to see the creek from the pavilion, and a large field (partially mowed, and partially left natural) is easily viewed as well. The remainder of the park is relatively easy to walk, as most of the trails are hard packed natural soil that is kept mowed, but wouldn't be suitable for wheelchair usage. The trails offer some nice shady spots, but they do traverse large, open fields, so expect exposure to the elements. There are no benches available along the long trails, so plan accordingly if you need to rest while walking.
This is considered an accessible site with some manageable trails and a large parking area and boat ramp. The road is also an excellent place to watch and listen for birds.
This small park can be birded primarily by car. The parking area is paved and offers access to view the river as well, where deep water ducks, particularly in winter, can be seen.
There is a small paved pull off and gravel parking lot that provides good views of the lake. The pull off is very close to a busy road, but separated by guard rail.
This is one of the best places in Alabama for birding--and it is very possibly the best place for accessibility to large numbers of birds, particularly in winter. Restrooms and visitor center are accessible as is the Wildlife Observation Trail that leads to a two story wildlife observation building, which is also accessible on the first floor, providing spectacular views, including seating and a spotting scope. For best results, bring your own scope and/or binoculars. There are two trails at the visitor center and both are accessible.
The parking area is paved and the trail is a combination of boardwalk and hard packed, finely ground gravel. The entry point from the hard packed gravel to the boardwalk has a nearly 2-inch barrier, making it hard to get a wheelchair onto the boardwalk if alone. The entry is also a short, fairly steep ramp, making access challenging for manual wheelchairs. The boardwalk is old and is buckled in a few locations, use caution. Most of the boardwalk is in fairly good repair, however. Boardwalk replacement work is planned for the future. There are several built in benches along the boardwalk, providing well spaced resting areas.
Portions of the trail itself are accessible with a hard packed finely crushed gravel surface, but due to beaver activity and flooded areas, only a few hundred yards of trail is useable. A boardwalk across the flooded area is planned for the future.