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walking
16 days ago

For an Alabama trail, this one is very nice. Not hard at all, and offers some cool views of downtown Birmingham.
Worth the while to go up the steps to Vulcan Park and view the city/take photos from up there!

For the most part this was an easy hike. In some areas it gets a little confusing. They are adding roads or making improvements to the trails and they have cut through some of the trails. I think I probably did a number of these trails because I wasn't sure were I was going at times. Overall a decent trail and I loved exploring the history of the place.

trail running
29 days ago

There is a western trailhead located just off of Greensprings Highway with parking, but it is a bit hard to find at first. It’s located just across from the Goodwill location and next to Hubbard. Entry is marked with a small Kiwanis sign by the road.

This parking area certainly makes the trail much more convenient to access from this side of town.

My wife set out to run it during lunchtime recently but found it a bit too isolated to feel comfortable running alone.

Great asphalt ride

Had a blast there this past weekend

road biking
1 month ago

We rode our bikes on this trail. A good portion of it is paved and relatively level. Occasionally you would get a great view of the city but for the most part you're looking at kudzu. Eventually, the trail turns into from pavement to gravel and your in a more wooded environment. Nice little urban trail though.

1 month ago

As urban walking trails go, it's one of the best. accessible to suburbs, great views of city, parking for visitors, its free...

Lakeside trail is in excellent shape. Hike down to below the dam and watch the waterfall so serene.

Beautiful place to go to! Walk further down another trail and you can get to Martha’s falls and jump off cliffs!! Great adventure

trail running
1 month ago

Fantastic now that the trail has been completed. Can’t recommend it more highly.

2 months ago

the completed trail is so much fun to walk the dog on. my new favorite trail in Birmingham

I hiked about 2.5 miles of the trail (trail #200) yesterday from south to north, starting at the Sipsey trailhead and thought it was a great hike. The bluffs and outcroppings were magnificent and one could easily visualize our native Americans, and peoples before, using the area for shelter and subsistence.

I hiked the 209 at the cranal road outside parking lot .... i wasnt sure if you were suppose to pay 3 bucks to park there or if only to cross the wooden bridge and use that lot ...... any ways it follows it the creek for little bit then curves in to some bluff walls with a small water fall or 2 then goes back to the creek ...... it was moderate id say........ i saw a dead copperhead someone was kind enough to lay right where you would reach to grab the rock for support

If someone has mentioned this trail crosses Borden Creek I missed it, and after all the spring rains, it was a hazardous crossing.

hiking
3 months ago

The falls are pretty but the crowds of tourists ruin a lot of the experience

The weather was perfect! The trails are well kept. The trail markings were a bit. confusing.

had a great hike loved passing through the cave

road biking
4 months ago

I have done this trail four times, I am VERY out of shape so this is the first time I've made it without having to stop and rest. Nice trail, well kept, paved, relatively level.

trail running
4 months ago

The trail is now complete from Vulcan Park to Green Springs Highway. The path is easy and flat, but the run up Red Mountain to the trail justifies the moderate rating. (There is a parking lot at the trail.). The view of Birmingham justifies the fourth star. Nice addition to the Red Rock Trail System!

This is a great hike. We hiked it with 5 children ages 9 and 7. Going north we walked right side of creek. Kids liked going through the cave. I climbed up and over. once to the bridge we crossed over and came south on the opposite side of creek. Keeping it changed up so the kids didn't have to back track and possibly bored. Crossed over the creek to get back on original trail. great beginner trail and the children did great.

hiking
4 months ago

Simply Beautiful. Trekked down to Martha's Falls. Our dog, Ringo, enjoyed his very first trail experience. Looking forward to coming back.

Nice lollipop loop featuring Civil War era iron furnace. Route entirely follows two-track old roads including an iron haul road and a stagecoach road. On the harder side of easy due to length and several small hills. There are also many single-track mountain bike trails here, but if you end up hiking on single-track you have lost the main loop. Overall, a quiet, fairly easy hike with an historical flair.

Well maintained trails. Recently did about 11 miles starting at the North Trailhead of the Tashka and finishing up on the Lakeside Trail. I've hiked Lurleen many times. The only trails I have yet to hike are the Ridge Loop and the Five Oaks Loop.

backpacking
5 months ago

This is a wonderful hike with a beautiful creek on one side and a great rock face to the other side. The "cave" can be a challenge for folks carrying a large pack (it will have to be removed) and anyone who has a little bit to their midsection might have a tough time getting through. It is a fun hike that has the potential of being made into a longer over-night trip by linking up with other trails in the Sipsey area.

Beware: the trails are not well defined and you will need a map in order to stay in the right direction. It is easy to get lost in Sipsey, so be sure to have solid directions.

So I completed the Ridge Loop Trail which is a new trail off the Tashka Trail. It was well cleared and fairly level. Also had markers every 0.5 miles. I took my time and stopped for a break and finished the 4 mile loop in about 2 hours. Ridge Loop would be good for new hikers and those looking for a quick hike.

Nature at it’s best!

This is your basic trail. Nothing fancy and there’s no good views. The park is a great place with history but for a good hike you have better places like Oak Mountain and the Pinhoti trail in Alabama. This trail is easy and great for kids for a hour or two hike but if your looking for great views and more of a challenge look elsewhere.

Excellent write up for this hike: it was just as described. I hiked it today (Christmas Eve) and only passed two other hikers the entire time. I started at the southern end, paid my fee, and set off with my pup. Fellow hikers left a nice message on the trail (see pics). This is an easy hike with lots of nice views, outcroppings, and waterfalls.

walking
8 months ago

Nice place for families and for groups of people with different fitness levels. Lots of activities in addition to trails.

We started at the southern end and hiked north. The southern end parking is a fee area of $5. Great for kids and beginning hikers. No steep long hills to climb. My 8 year old hiked it with a day pack. He was wore out and said his feet were sore at the end. He is used to hiking. We hiked north and then back. I kept him on track and was trying to be quick heading north. My GPS showed 2.88 miles. On the way back I let him play and we took some side detours. My GPS showed 3.44 miles on the way back. For a total of 6.32 miles. I can't see the round trip being 5 miles especially with any stops. Also if you start at the north end of the trail as the "Getting There" directs you, parking is about 0.5 miles (according to google earth) from the trail head. Making the hike even longer. We saw many people on the trail. It was a Saturday. I am planning on bringing my younger son and hiking it one way. He loved the rock bluffs and overhangs. It would be a great place to let the kids wade in the water in the summer.

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