A city-owned natural history museum, the Red Mountain Museum, opened on the slope adjacent to the cut in 1971 and an interpretive trail was built above the highway. The walkway, terraced into the rock, included interpretive signage, guardrails, and fencing that allowed visitors to safely inspect the various strata of 190 million years of exposed rock.
In 1994, the Red Mountain Museum moved from its mountainside location to downtown Birmingham after it partnered with a nearby children’s science museum, the Discovery Place, to form Discovery 2000, Inc. Discovery 2000, Inc. would later become the McWane Science Center in 1998. In 2007, the City of Birmingham and the McWane Science Center reached an agreement with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation to purchase the former Red Mountain Museum for use as parking for its St. Rose Academy. Terms of the agreement, which are still in effect today, called for the city to retain and manage the small neighborhood park adjacent to the museum and the locked access to the interpretive walkway.