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Aldridge Creek Greenway

5 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Concrete

Atwood Linear Park

0.8 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

BMRR South Trail

2.1 mi
State: AL
Dirt, Gravel

Big Cove Creek Greenway

2.8 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Concrete

Bradford Creek Greenway

2.3 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Catman Road Trail

1.9 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Chief Ladiga Trail

33 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Citronelle Walking Trail

2 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Cotton Bayou Trail

1.1 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Decatur Trail

14 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Eastern Shore Trail

24.7 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Concrete

Flint River Greenway (AL)

1.8 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Concrete

Fort Morgan Road Trail

5.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Fultondale Rails to Trails

3.4 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone

Gateway Greenway

0.7 mi
State: AL
Concrete

Gulf Oak Ridge Trail

3.19 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

High Ore Line Trail

2.1 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Historic Bridgeport Walking Trail

2 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete
Accordion

Homewood Shades Creek Greenway

2.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Horse Creek Trail

3.2 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Indian Creek Greenway (AL)

3.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Concrete

Jones Valley Trail

0.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Little Cove Road Greenway

5 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Mobile Airport Perimeter Trail

1.7 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Old Railroad Bed Trail

2 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Railroad Park Rail Trail

0.4 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail

1.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Redstone Arsenal Fitness Trail

8.8 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Richard Martin Trail

10.2 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Robertsdale Trail

2 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Rosemary Dunes Trail

1.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Rotary Trail

0.4 mi
State: AL
Concrete

Sumiton Trail

1 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Sunset Drive Trail

3.7 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Concrete

Swan Creek Greenway

2.3 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Gravel

TVA Nature Loop

1.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Tennessee River Greenway

1.4 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Trojan Trail

3 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone

Twin Bridges Trail

0.9 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Vulcan Trail

1 mi
State: AL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This paved greenway trail is well maintained and follows Aldridge Creek, running parallel to Bailey Cove Road, from Mountain Gap Road to Green Cove Road. There are proposals to extend the greenway...
AL 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Atwood Linear Park provides a short north-south route in southeastern Huntsville near the Flemington Heights and Willowbrook communities. Turn right (east) on 4 Mile Post Road from the trail's...
AL 0.8 mi Asphalt
The BMRR South Trail is part of a network of 14 miles of hiking and biking pathways throughout Birmingham’s 1,500-acre Red Mountain Park, which opened in 2012. The park’s namesake mountain was the...
AL 2.1 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Big Cove Creek Greenway travels nearly 3 miles through eastern Huntsville, connecting the Hampton Cove and Cove Creek communities with the natural habitats surrounding Big Cove Creek. Trail-goers...
AL 2.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Bradford Creek Greenway is definitely a green way winding just over 2 miles through Madison under cover of a dense hardwood forest. The paved pathway begins at Palmer Road (at the entrance to Palmer...
AL 2.3 mi Asphalt
The Catman Road Trail is one of several in the Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails network in Alabama's Gulf State Park. It directly connects to several others: Twin Bridges, Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton...
AL 1.9 mi Asphalt
On Alabama's eastern border, nestled amid gentle hills that overlook the mighty Chattahoochee River, is a cluster of four small textile mill towns—Shawmut, Langdale, Fairfax, and Riverview—all on the...
AL 7 mi Asphalt
In northeast Alabama, the nearly 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail is a regional playground that passes through welcoming towns and pastoral landscapes. Following a former CSX railroad corridor, the...
AL 33 mi Asphalt
The Citronelle Walking Trail is a paved rail-trail through the Citronelle Railroad Historic District to points south in the small city in southwestern Alabama. The community is named for the...
AL 2 mi Asphalt
As its name implies, the Cotton Bayou Trail begins near the tip of the Cotton Bayou and a small beach area in southern Alabama's Orange Beach. From there, the trail heads northwest for a mile through...
AL 1.1 mi Asphalt
Much of the Decatur Biking and Running/Walking Trail is asphalt, and some is on-street, but at Point Mallard Park it turns into a shady, well-maintained gravel trail over smooth terrain. The...
AL 14 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Eastern Shore Trail runs along the east side of Mobile Bay from Spanish Fort to Weeks Bay, passing through the communities of Daphne, Montrose, Fairhope, Battles Wharf and Point Clear along the...
AL 24.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Flint River Greenway is a scenic trail through the Hays Nature Preserve, a wooded area where deer, rabbits, birds and other wildlife are abundant. Here, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing,...
AL 1.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Fort Morgan Road Trail begins just outside the western border of Gulf State Park and travels more than 5 miles west through the coastal community of Gulf Shores in southwestern Alabama. The paved...
AL 5.6 mi Asphalt
Fultondale Rails to Trails is part of the Five Mile Creek Greenway which will eventually extend over 27 miles. This segment of the Five Mile Creek project is over three miles and is ideal for walking...
AL 3.4 mi Crushed Stone
Although less than a mile long, the Gateway Greenway's location in downtown Huntsville means it offers many interesting and unique things to see and do. The trail begins in Veterans Park, dedicated to...
AL 0.7 mi Concrete
The Georgia Walker Memorial Walking Trail offers a short, paved pathway paralleling Washington Street on the southern end of the charming community of Marion. Most of the way is under a pleasant tree...
AL 1 mi Asphalt
The Gulf Oak Ridge Trail is part of a network called the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, located off the Gulf of Mexico coastline near the Alabama/Florida border. The trail starts at a paved...
AL 3.19 mi Asphalt
The High Ore Line Trail is located in southwestern outskirts of Birmingham Alabama and is just west of the BMRR south Trail. The trail is more secluded, with an asphalt surface that passes over...
AL 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Historic Bridgeport Walking Trail begins at the Bridgeport Depot Museum and leads to the Tennessee River.  Once at the shoreline, you walk across the Tennessee River on a converted railroad...
AL 2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete
Accordion
Homewood Shades Creek Greenway, also known as the Lakeshore Trail, will one day stretch 6 miles through Homewood, a southern suburb of Birmingham. Currently, 2.6 miles are complete paralleling...
AL 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Horse Creek Trail spans just over 3 paved miles between Dora and Sumiton, two small communities northwest of Birmingham. As the trail was built on a former railroad bed, it's a flat, easy walk or...
AL 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Indian Creek Greenway, currently in two segments, runs along Huntsville's western border with the city of Madison. Future plans call for connecting the two segments and extending the trail north...
AL 3.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Jones Valley Trail near downtown Birmingham stretches a half mile along 1st Avenue South from 25th Street to 32nd Street. Following a former railroad corridor, the paved, tree-lined rail-trail is...
AL 0.6 mi Asphalt
The L&N Railroad Deport Walking Trail in Geneva, Alabama, is a 0.5-mile trail that follows a short segment of the abandoned right-of-way of the L&N Railroad (Louisville & Nashville). This flat,...
AL 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Little Cove Road Greenway begins at Hampton Cove Elementary in eastern Huntsville. Here, the trail connects to the Big Cove Creek Greenway, which can take you north along the scenic waterway, or...
AL 5 mi Asphalt
On the southern end of Mobile, a short paved trail runs from Doyle Park, along the edge of the city's airport, to the waterfront. The park makes a nice place to begin with parking, restrooms, and...
AL 1.7 mi Asphalt
Boasting an intriguing history, the Old Railroad Bed Trail (a.k.a., Monte Sano Railroad Trail) follows one of the country's oldest, and shortest-lived, rail corridors. In the late 1800s, as yellow...
AL 2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Railroad Park is an 8-block recreational public space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the city's railroad culture both past and present. It borders active railroad lines that transverse the...
AL 0.4 mi Asphalt
The Rattlesnake Ridge Trail is one of six in the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails network that run through one of Alabama's most popular parks, Gulf State Park on the Gulf of Mexico. At its western...
AL 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Redstone Arsenal Fitness Trail is located on a U.S. Army base southwest of Huntsville. It circles part way around Madkin Mountain and is partially built on a former rail bed. There is a 1.5-mile...
AL 8.8 mi Asphalt
The Richard Martin Trail (a.k.a., Limestone Rail-Trail) is best accessed mid-route from a trailhead in the town of Elkmont, where you'll find parking, good signage, a historic depot (used for...
AL 10.2 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Robertsdale Trail (a.k.a. Central Baldwin Rail-Trail) is a short linear route through the heart of Robertsdale that follows the former Louisville & Nashville Railroad line. While you won't find a...
AL 2 mi Asphalt
The Rosemary Dunes Trail is one of six pathways in a network called Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails running through Gulf State Park in southern Alabama. The trail begins on Beach Road, just off a...
AL 1.6 mi Asphalt
Birmingham's much anticipated Rotary Trail opened April 2016. At its entrance, the trail features a 46-foot-tall sign which reads: "Rotary Trail in the Magic City." It is modeled after the historical...
AL 0.4 mi Concrete
The Sumiton Trail begins at City Hall in the heart of the community of Sumiton, which lies northwest of Birmingham. The mile-long paved trail heads west out of town and ends with a connection to the...
AL 1 mi Asphalt
This is a rolling paved trail that follows along the shoreline of Guntersville Lake and is alongside Sunset Drive. Some of the hills are a little long, but there are plenty of flat areas as well. The...
AL 3.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Swan Creek Greenway Trail offers natural beauty as winds its way through the forest along Swan Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of a covered bridge, gentle rapids and glimpses of wildlife. The...
AL 2.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
TVA Nature Loop in northwestern Alabama offers a short connection between Sheffield on the south side of the Tennessee River and Florence on the river’s north bank. The paved trail travels through a...
AL 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Tennessee River Greenway is a short, but scenic, route in southern Huntsville with a forested area on one side and the river on the other. The trailhead at Ditto Landing offers a great place to...
AL 1.4 mi Asphalt
Until the Trojan Trail was built, there weren’t that many safe or pleasant options for a jog in Hazel Green, Alabama. While the nearby big cities of Huntsville and Madison had their greenways, Hazel...
AL 3 mi Crushed Stone
The Twin Bridges Trail is only a mile long, but offers a tranquil journey through part of Gulf State Park in southern Alabama. At its northern end, it connects to the 3-mile Gulf Oak Ridge Trail and,...
AL 0.9 mi Asphalt
Birmingham's mile-long Vulcan Trail scales the ridge of 1,025-foot Red Mountain. In summer, the tree-lined trail offers cool respite from the heat, while bare winter trees yield city views. Best of...
AL 1 mi Asphalt
Nature-lovers, birdwatchers and history buffs will enjoy the many hidden gems this trail has to offer, including a waterfall (hidden off of side trail), nesting bald eagles, an old cemetery (another...
AL 2.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Flint River Greenway (AL)

Great first trail

June, 2018 by wesleybeard95

Beautiful views, a couple of bridges and plenty of wildlife. Great first ride for my wife and I.

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Falling on hard times......

May, 2018 by russellhays

I set out today looking for a new trail to ride. After reading the reviews I wasn't expecting much, but still decided to give it a try as it was only 30 minutes from where I live and the trail distance sounded good. I parked in the lot in Shawmut and was immediately concerned by the graffiti on all the signage. Still, I unloaded my bike and decided to take the risk. The trail still comes to an abrupt end about 1 1/2 miles into the ride. Fortunately I had read the reviews and was able to locate the next portion on the other side of U.S. 29. Other people have posted some nice pictures of the area. All I can say is the pictures are much nicer than the actual scenery now. Everything seems to be getting worse. The trail itself is in desperate need of maintenance. There are areas where it has been dug up and never repaved. It seems the City of Valley has lost interest, funding or both for keeping this trail in good condition. By the time I made it to Riverview, I had lost all desire to look for the river itself. The ride back was quick and uneventful. Overall, the area along the trail is very sketchy. As a police officer, I would not recommend anyone riding it alone. There are several areas where, if someone was so inclined, a person could be robbed very easily. Hopefully in time the City of Valley will make an attempt to clean up the trail and help it reach it's full potential. Until then, once was more than enough.

Chief Ladiga Trail

bikechopper

May, 2018 by bikechopper

The third trail of our trip from Fl to Ms and Al. We had rode this trail before it was paved and didn't remember how long ago it was, the host at the Eubanks Center in Piedmont told us it has been paved for over 20 years. Piedmont is the heart of this trail. The round trip to Georgia's Silver Comet was the best part. There are views of the mountains to the sides of the trail. The state border has a nice rest area and great signage. As we went through Jacksonville there was trucks and equipment on the trail, they were cleaning up damage from the April tornado. On both sides of the trail you could see the destroyed buildings. The Jacksonville Train Depot was a high point, we used it for our last day start and end point. Then just down the street we found Struts where we celebrated completing our trails with great wings and beer. We would return to this trail.

Accordion

Bradford Creek Greenway

Hidden Gem

May, 2018 by bluesandy21

My husband walked this trail with me twice before he realized that, at points, it is flanked on either side with houses. It’s that easy to forget you’re in the city. Parking is ample and easy to access if using the lot attached to the elementary school property. (Cannot speak for the other) Everyone I have met has been as nice as could be and with a pretty flat and well shaded path it’s a delight.

Eastern Shore Trail

Busy areas and beautiful areas.

April, 2018 by jlogan107

For the record, I live a couple of blocks from the trail on the northern end in Daphne. I have ridden the trail many times and twice all the way from Daphne to the end of County Road 1 south of Point Clear (around 25 miles one-way). It definitely has its share of positives and negatives. But if you come knowing what to expect, it can be a nice ride. The southern end has been lengthened it appears all the way from scenic 98 to Weeks Bay to the east, although I have not been on this section.

First of all, this is a very busy area for traffic. The trail runs right along scenic 98, along the shoulder of the road. In most places, it just replaced the sidewalk which was already there. The concrete was widened to 6 feet in these areas I suppose to qualify for the funds for a trail.

Most of the negative comments people have said is true. People will park on it, even though they are not supposed to. They leave their garbage cans on it. There are places where there may be short areas of sand or gravel across the trail to traverse. There are many street crossings, some very busy, depending on the time of day. Some places there are bad sections of concrete that need attention, but I have noticed most of these have been fixed. There are also a few significant hills, mostly near Alligator Alley, south of Montrose and north of Fairhope. South of Fairhope is fairly flat.

The trail is also very beautiful in many places, mostly around Montrose, Fairhope and Point Clear, with many large oak trees hanging over the road, nice views along the bay, rolling hills with nice bridges over the creeks. Also the trail runs right through the middle of Fairhope which has many interesting shops and restaurants. You might also want to check out the pier in Fairhope, which is one of the most photographed areas in the county. That is if you can make it back up the hill!

I think since this trail was first certified, the section from the USS Alabama Park to Alligator Alley in Daphne has been dropped since it was too dangerous riding across the bay on the shoulder of the causeway. It appears the official starting point is now at Alligator Alley since the mileage markers now begin at this point. If you do start your ride at this point, be forewarned. There is a steep 70 foot hill you will immediately have to deal with! Another option would be to start at Lott Park in Daphne and head south to avoid the hill and traffic.

This trail is used a lot by locals, so watch for walkers, runners and other bikers.

Also, just as a note, this trail is probably not best suited for a road bike, because of curbs and gutters, unless you ride from Fairhope south. There, it is mostly asphalt. I would recommend a hybrid bike instead.

Some interesting points along the trail include Alligator Alley, the United States Sports Academy, Bayfront Park, Village Point Park Preserve in Daphne, the tiny 1890 post office in Montrose, the floral clock, downtown Fairhope, the Fairhope Pier and Beach, the Grand Hotel in Point Clear and Weeks Bay Preserve.

Richard Martin Trail

My third ride had to be abandoned

April, 2018 by augustwalk

I'm late with this review, but the previous two reviews prompted me to add mine now. I went for my third on this trail in late 2017. As my earlier reviews stated, I had really nice rides. But not this one. I started at the northern trailhead and only went maybe a couple of miles before turning back because the trail was in such horrible shape. As stated in the two previous reviews by markmoore and Old Terry, there were lots of very large rocks to contend with which made the ride very unpleasant. I kept waiting for signs that things were going to get better, but that didn't happen and finally I just gave it up and turned back and got on the road alongside the trail as soon as possible. I had driven over an hour to get there, so I was quite disappointed. The short stretch of trail on the north end between the trailhead and the woods has always been the roughest section, but it was tolerable. But this time it was really bad even far into the woods. Apparently no trail maintenance at all had been done for quite some time. As the Mad Tweeter might say - Sad!

I would like to try the trail again sometime this year, but will not unless I know it will be in better shape for biking. Hopefully someone can give an update here on the condition of the trail at the north end.

Oh, and there are indeed dogs again at the house by the trailhead. They were in a fenced-in yard and I don't recall having any problems with them - not even being barked at - but they are there again.

Chief Ladiga Trail

A medical necessity

March, 2018 by bwoods0

This trail has saved my life. literally, the chief means to controlling diabetes. The beauty of the land, the great places you pass through, the folks you meet, the welcome centers and facilities along the way are outstanding, with the one in Piedmont giving out free snacks to bikers and hikers. I can't say enough about the entire 95 miles of trails, from Anniston, AL to the Atlanta, GA area. Be conscious of the bumps caused by tree roots, they can throw you at speed above 15 MPH (trail designated maximum speed). Don't forget to sound off when passing others on the trail, it is just being a good neighbor.

Sumiton Trail

great start

March, 2018 by ken.segars

Good 1mile start to catch Horse Creek trail.

Horse Creek Trail

Nice ride on a beautiful day!

March, 2018 by ken.segars

Sumiton plus Horse Creek trail 4.2 miles. Nice ride, easy down and back on a beautiful day. Great warm up preparing for a longer trip. Scenery is very nice in March! Drove from Birmingham just to explore.

Historic Bridgeport Walking Trail

Bridgeport Walking Trail-February 2018

February, 2018 by tltrumbull

We had a wonderful time walking the trail, seeing the old train depot and antique trains...but, our greatest thrill was encountering an active freight train on the parallel train tracks while crossing the beautiful pedestrian bridge this morning. The very friendly Conductors gave us several nice whistle blows and we enjoyed waving back at them. The walk across the Tennessee River on the old train trestle was a truly beautiful experience. Many thanks to all in Bridgeport.

Eastern Shore Trail

Review my Review

January, 2018 by lbobbitt

The pavement is broken, heaved and in serious need of repacking. Our trails in Illinois are in better shape. On the trail today was sand, soil, broken glass, pine needles, grasses, horse manure, (I saw six horses on the paved trail yesterday, trash cans and parked vehicles. I’ve complained to police to no avail since it isn’t a priority. One truck pulled onto the trail in my path climbing an incline to retrieve his mail. There are no markings at intersections or to alert motorists to keep off of the trail. It would appear that the trail was built to say they have a trail but, they choose to not maintain it or do anything about violators. It’s a real shame and embarrassment.

Horse Creek Trail

very nice trail

September, 2017 by tiffanyrdial

This was a fun little trail to ride our bikes on. We just wanted a casual ride and that’s what we got! It is paved, flat, and shaded in some areas. There are shaded benches along the path which was nice. There are a few locations where the trail does cross over a back country road, so just be aware when you come to those. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my ride and will be back as soon as I can!

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