Though Hoover was incorporated more recently than other nearby cities, it has grown immensely in the intervening years to become one of the largest in the Birmingham area.
Two historical districts – Park Avenue and Shades Crest Road – showcase the community’s roots before its incorporation. Many early homes were built in a traditional style, while new homes are being built in several developing communities like Ross Bridge and Bluff Park. Home styles and prices vary based on neighborhood and location.
Hoover is a haven for the civic-minded, with dozens of service clubs and volunteer organizations contributing to its progress as a community.
It is ranked among the safest cities in the U.S., and its school system has been listed among the best in the state thanks to course offerings, talented teachers and graduation rates.
The city is home to several attractions that highlight the area’s natural beauty. The 349-acre Moss Rock Preserve is filled with streams, waterfalls, wildlife and hiking trails. Aldridge Gardens, which features a lake, a pavilion and a walking trail, offers art exhibits, classes, concerts and other events. Visitors also can see the snowflake hydrangea, the city’s official flower.
Numerous city parks and sports complexes play host to baseball and softball tournaments, family reunions and other events. Any resident can become a member of the Hoover Recreation Center.
Hoover has long been a shopping destination because of the Riverchase Galleria, one of the Southeast’s largest shopping centers. The mall includes stores, office space, restaurants and a hotel.
The best restaurants run the gamut from authentic Chinese cuisine at Mr. Chen’s to the upscale menu at J. Alexander’s to the spicy Cajun cooking of Jubilee Joe’s.
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If you are an avid golfer or want outdoor activities in your own backyard, Hoover is the city for you. Hoover features the beautiful public course at The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa as well as five private courses, Hoover Country Club, Inverness Country Club, Riverchase Country Club, Greystone Golf and Country Club Founders Course and Greystone Golf and Country Club Legacy Course
Moss Rock Preserve offers a beautiful 349 acre Nature preserve right in the middle of the community. Hike the nearly 12 miles of Nature Trails or simply enjoy the forest and streams. For the more adventurous try rock climbing in the extensive boulder field. Hoover is also home to Aldridge Gardens, a gorgeous 30 acre woodland garden. There are plenty of benches for relaxing and enjoy the gardens and it is a favorite spot of local artists and photographers. Hoover also has over a dozen additional parks including a dog park and sand volleyball venue.
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