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Black Creek Park Rails to Trails is a 7 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 305 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Rails trails

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

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.

There are three places to park: (1)Black Creek Park off Yarbough Rd, you can park near the baseball fields and walk to the west side of the park where the trail starts. (2)Children's/Bark Park off Fulton Rd, you can park in the parking lot and walk to northeast corner of the park and cross the creek at the bridge for Stouts Rd. Turn left right after the bridge and you should be on Leora Ave and see a gravel path that crosses the road with a barricade to block motorized vehicles, that is the path. (3) You can park at the corner of Stouts Rd and Leora Ave if there is room, between the creek and the road.

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Reviews (144)
Photos (23)
Recordings (182)
Completed (90)
Kaylin Harris
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Hiking

Definitely not hiking. If you’re into hiking this is not the trail, not even for beginners. This is a flat, gravel, walking trail full of old ladies and their very ill behaved dogs. The gravel is annoying. The creek is very nice though so if you’re looking for a nice creek to play in this is a good option, but don’t ever come “hiking” here.

Nova Biggs
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Hiking

The path is nice and wide, well kept and good for routine outdoor exercise. Do keep in mind that this is not a hike. It’s a gravel path along an old railroad bed as indicated.

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Shelby Garrett
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Hiking

Easy flat trail to enjoy with your partner or pups.

Edward Davidson
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Hiking

Very easy and enjoyable 7 mile hike.

Grayson Ann
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Hiking
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Ace Mauldin
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Hiking

Love it every time I go.

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Caty Wilhelm
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Hiking

Very flat. Did part of the rails to trails and around Black Creek Park

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Charles Sands
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Hiking

Great hike

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Kelly Whittington
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Hiking

I enjoy this trail during all seasons. There is a nice mix of sun and shade. The trail has slight inclines and is all gravel. Every time I ride this trail I see families and individuals walking and riding bicycles. A new section has been added so the total ride is 6.8 miles in and 6.8 miles out.

Eric Sanders
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Hiking

Be assured this is a long walk on a gravelled trail. Not a hike. But if power walking or biking us your thing it would be great.

Gary Postell
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Mountain biking

11.2 miles total too end .excellent conditions even when wet good work out go at your own pace. Well maintained. Plenty of shade lots of rest spots if needed. Fun for whole family!

Jeff Gregg
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Hiking

the newest section towards BrookSide

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Karah Christian
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Hiking

This is my favorite park to walk with my boys. We love both sides of the playgrounds, the track from each side to the other, and all the creeks, dog park, and birds to see!! Definitely beautiful with all the tall trees. Perfect park for hammock lounging.

Obi Wan Kenobi
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Hiking

this trail is better for biking than hiking or walking too much gravel it always gets in your shoes, and not enough trees for shade, so bring sunscreen.

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JAMES NEWMAN
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Easy ride. Beautiful woodlands on both sides of trail.

Craig Barrett
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Hiking

Easy 7 mile hike/walk. Had to stop several times to remove gravel from my shoes though.

Paula Phillips
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Road biking

This trail is great for biking. The trail has a slight slope at times but it is easy. It is mostly shady and was not busy. My husband and I enjoyed it.

joanna england
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its okay.. but not as free range as id like.

MELISSA SMITH
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Mountain biking

Was looking for a new place to ride our bikes as a family. Enjoyed the beautiful day and nice and clean atmosphere.

Nova Biggs
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Walking

Nice little park with a scenic walking path. Easy trekking, completely flat, gravel top.

Alana V
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Walking

I went on this trail a few weeks ago on a beautiful autumn day in early November and something felt "off" and unsafe about the trail. It might be best for trail runners and bikers who won't be on its 3.7 miles for very long. In my opinion, it's not a leisurely trail that can be enjoyed by walking even in the best of conditions. The history of a railroad being there is cool but doesn't make up for the feeling of it being a claustrophobic funnel. I enjoy hiking and have been to several places in town - Jemison, Ruffner, Moss Rock, etc. as well as places out of state. I like to have wide clearings for line of sight and safety and this place doesn't have that. 1) The entire trail is gravel, with no pavement except for the short road crossing by the dog park. If you enjoy the Black Creek Park loop you will be okay on the trail. This is not really an issue, just worth noting if you have a trail preference. 2) This is an "out and back" trail as described on this site. It is not very scenic. The trail is very narrow and either side has high embankments with dense trees. In some places you could see homes through the trees but after a while it was just forest. At one point there was an option to walk a trail that passed creek side but it didn't look safe. The route down to the creek bed was not clearly marked and seemed to be overgrown. 3) The benches provided at markers are good, however, there was a shed halfway down the trail with two strange broken up school chairs inside. I did not like that on a narrow trail with potentially no one else around you can't see if anyone is inside until you are next to it. It seems like trouble waiting to happen. I understand the need for shelter in the event of a shower or storm but this structure was foreboding. A canopy structure or bus station-type seating area with open sides or grating would be much safer here. 4) The trails ends on a well-traveled road next to a subdivision entrance. It was a relief to see civilization but still a little jarring, and there was no place to park a car at the end like there is at Lakeshore Trail. So it was back down the funnel. I highly discourage this trail for use by walkers especially if it's just one or two people. The trail was shady literally and figuratively. Seems like it might be pretty nice for bikers though, and I saw quite a few.

Janis La Velle
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Road biking

This is a gravel trail that is great for biking and walking to cross country running as there are paths that are Along the trail to wonder off too.

Miranda Hart
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Walking

beautiful easy paved trail with off path options to see the beauty of Black Creek!

Bonnie Dodge
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This is a very nice trail; well maintained, friendly people.

Mike Dougherty
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Nice trail, out and back trail also extends past the documented trail. There is a great park that is just off the trail.

Anna Bittle
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Running

This a a nice flat gravel trail down an old railroad bed! A beautiful winding out and back trail through a quiet stretch of woods! A few side trails that lead down to the creek. A well maintained gem of a place for trail running, biking, and hiking! I’ve seen lots of wildlife from deer to beavers!

Audrey Morales
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Running

I love running on this trail!

Nate Scull
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Walking
First to Review

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.

Caroline Bensko
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Hiking
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Blair Bensko
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Hiking
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