Just ten minutes from downtown, this 1,011-acre nature preserve is a quiet getaway for nature lovers. Easy to moderate hiking trails lead through a Southern upland forest with its diversity of plant and animal life including resident and migratory birds. Find a spectacular view at Hawk’ s View overlook. Beautiful spring wildflowers and autumn color highlight the seasons. The new Visitors Center offers lessons in nature and the environment and has exhibits including raptors, turtles and other native Alabama wildlife. Nature Center open Tuesday- Saturday, 9am- 5pm; Sunday, 1pm- 5pm. Hiking trails also open Monday, 8:30am- 5pm. Donations welcome.