Black Creek Park Rails to Trails is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Trail follows an old rail line starting at Black Creek Park and runs under highway 31 and I65 for about 3.5 miles. It stays pretty close to Black Creek the entire time and is well maintained on smooth gravel. It passes the Children's Park as well as the Bark Park. There are benches about every mile with markers every half mile. A little over a mile in there is a picnic table in the woods and a couple of side trails that lead down to the creek in a couple of places.
Wife and I walk this trail all the time, all year long. It is well maintained and you will see friendly people every so often walking, riding, or running. You do come close to some private property and can see some houses as well as the interstate bridge but it is still a beautiful walk next to the creek. There are so small side trails that are not really maintained that lead down to the water and into the woods but don't go too far. Also be aware that you can park at Black Creek Park, at the Children's Park and there is room for three cars at the corner of Leora Ave and Stouts Rd along the path.