Lakeshore Trail (Homewood Shades Creek Greenway)

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Lakeshore Trail (Homewood Shades Creek Greenway) is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.1 miElevation gain55 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningPavedViews
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A popular paved path shared by cyclists, walkers, runners, and equipment users. It can be muddy in spots under bridges after heavy rains. Accessibility: There do not appear to be any designated accessible spaces in the small paved parking lot off of South Lakeshore Drive at the southwest end of the trail. There are several designated van-accessible parking spots at the soccer fields to the northeast- marked with a waypoint. The trail surface is paved with asphalt (with railings at the bridges), smooth, and typically at least 6 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along the trail which reduces the width. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less). This trail will likely be navigable for most trail goers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. There are benches along the route for resting.

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Lisa Rigsby
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Very crowded!

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Roger Bittinger
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Not for me. There’s not much to this “trail.” It’s just a long, paved, path that runs along Lakeshore. It’s loud from the traffic, busy from so many people using it, and the scenery is not even nice. The Jemison Trail, which is nearby, is nicer in my opinion.

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Shantel Henry
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Awesome!

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Hannah Todd
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RunningGreat!

Nice long trail! Paved the entire time and nice and clear. Lots of runners this morning but didn’t feel crowded.

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Tim Hart
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Rebecca Cheatham
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Hiking

nice and flat for the most part, well paved so easy on my poor sore calves and ankles

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Tim Hart
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Hiker Chik
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Walking

Great!

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Adele Syverson
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Running

Trail was very nice and safe. Lots of runners, bikers and walkers. But not that crowded

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Amelia Pugh
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WalkingOver grown
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Nova Biggs
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Hiking

Nice path. Easy walk.

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Katie Topazi
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Great paved trail for running/walking

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Jamey R
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A favorite place to run in town. Can be muddy in spots under bridges after a heavy rain.

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Steve J
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Love it! Clean and clear with no traffic

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Jordan Frances
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I discovered this trail by accident while out searching for somewhere to run. it's beautiful, off the street, and clean. highly recommended.

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Maurice Garland
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Nice, plain trail for when you just want to get out for some air.

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Anna Bittle
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Running

Nice place for a run, just not for me! I’m not into road running but if you are it will not disappoint!

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Bill Watters
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Walking

an easy walk, paved. If anything, it can be a little busy sometimes...

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Aoife Jacobsen
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Running

Great urban trail for running. Paved. Well maintained and safe (a bunch of joggers/strollers/etc) but not crowded.

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Chauntiel Carr
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Walking

The trail was beautiful and well kept; however, there were no benches along the route, and on a hot day like today, a bench would have been nice. A bathroom facility at the trailhead would have been nice as well.

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Richard D Highnote
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Running

It's always nice and peaceful. Families and children running and walking.

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Darude Sandstorm
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Walking

Jesse, this WALKING trail would no doubt be less crowded for all the "elite" cyclists that can't read the signs that clearly say 'NO BICYCLES' Don't rate a trail 3 stars because you feel entitled to cycle on a walking trail. You don't see me driving my truck down a bike trail do you? Keep it on the road!

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Julia Barnes
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Walking

Simple trail with lots of bikes and runners.

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Jesse Scroggins
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Road biking

Great place to ride but sometimes too crowded with walkers, runners, and dogs. Almost got tangled up between a dogs leash and his owner... Could have been very bad.

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Mike Brett
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Road biking

An innercity trail that runs along and through a floodplain. It is a wide, paved trail that is well maintained and seems to always have people walking, running, biking and skating. One portion of the trail goes through a nice stand of woods and gives a feeling of being out in the country. Another section runs parallel to a busy four lane road and reminds you that you are still in the city. Overall, a nice getaway from the city while still in the city.

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Dori DeCamillis
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Hiking

This is a wonderful trail if you can't find the time to drive out of town. It's paved, tree-lined, and always peopled with friendly folks - bikers, walkers, roller-bladders, and runners. Nearby Lakeshore Blvd. has traffic, so there is a little city background noise. The trail moves along a nice creek and is usually pretty shady in most places.

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Lynn Elgin
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Bird watching
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Alex Garcia
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Lynn Elgin
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Nature trips
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Lynn Elgin
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