The Landscape The landscape of Jemison Park is the result of millions of years of geological activity, but many of the landforms we see in and around the park are of relatively recent origin. About 260 million years ago, when the mountain-building forces that created the Appalachian Mountain range on the eastern side of North […]
“The beauty of Mountain Brook is not a thing of a few years’ development, it has been there for centuries.”
Jemison Park consists of lands along Watkins Brook (Cahaba Road) and along Shades Creek (Mountain Brook Parkway). Robert Jemison, Jr., the developer of Mountain Brook, reserved these lands from adjacent estates to be preserved in their natural state as a park of plants. “Always the aim has been to reveal the original beauties of the region in unexpected spots. Not a tree has been disturbed nor a branch cut without forethought for the finished picture,” said Jemison of his project. Jemison Park is now a 54-acre preserved area in the City of Mountain Brook used for walking, jogging, reading, bird watching, and enjoying a picnic. The natural beauty of the area makes it one of the most popular walking attractions in the city. Paved and unpaved paths tie into the city’s sidewalk system, allowing residents easy access to the park. The trails total 2.5 miles from Watkins Road to Beechwood Road. Street side parking is available along Mountain Brook Parkway, Overbrook Road and Beechwood Road.
Birds of Jemison Park The following birds may be seen or heard in the park. For seasonal abundance, see the 2001 “Bird List of Jemison Park” published by the Friends. For more about birds in this area, see Alabama Birds by Thomas A. Imhof. Wading Birds Great Blue Heron Green Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron […]
Robert Jemison, Jr. Jemison Park consists of lands along Watkins Brook and along Shades Creek extending two miles from Cahaba Road to Beechwood Road. When Mountain Brook was subdivided, the developers reserved these lands from adjacent estates to be preserved in their natural state as a park of plants such as William Bartram found in […]