Veterans Park Loop Trail

EASY 8 reviews
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Veterans Park Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

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15 days ago

Went today for the first time in a few years. It’s ok. I will go back. It has some bad areas that seem to have been caused by rainwater run off. If you don’t care for a lot of people you may not like this “trail” since it can be a bit crowded at times. The news was actually filming today. There are public restrooms which are clean. Lots of dog walkers on actual path. Most on leashes. I believe they ALL are supposed to be on leashes however, the ones who were not on leashes seemed well trained and very acclimated to people including, small children. I saw no dog nor, bird poop on pathways. Easy to find. Right off Valleydale by Jeff State and Spain Park High School. No evening/night lighting so, get your run in early if you can. Ranked accurately as easy.

walking
7 months ago

This land was a cow pasture and held a couple of greenhouses when I was a child. A small home remains on the property.

As an aside - I wanted to record the route and love to use this app. Unfortunately this park/trail was difficult to find on this app and I believed it was altogether unlisted in AllTrails. Google maps says it is in Hoover/Birmingham so it would be more useful to list it there instead of "Oak Mountain." Also, I searched "Veterans Park" and it was not found. I actually found the trail listing by accident when searching Oak Mountain. A name update would be helpful to aid people passing through find this gem.

On to my thoughts: This park is excellent. Upkeep is clearly a priority. I saw only one full trash can. So many things to do here. There is beach volleyball. A large covered pavilion. A long finely graveled trail winds throughout the property - in sun and shade - perfect for walking your dog or taking a run. It diverges at multiple points, helping spread the visitors into their own private areas. The trail circles a pond - maybe an acre or more in size. Some banks lined by mature trees while others manicured perfectly. Swaths of green grass leading to the peaceful water's edge, inviting you to settle for awhile...or maybe throw out a stick for your pup. The trail passes a small structure labeled "Butterfly Garden" and a gentle creek as well. I should mention the large playground area near the parking lot for those of you with children. Everything about this park and trail is beautiful. We noted many people and a moderate number of large dogs there on this Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30pm. Come to think of it, visitors could be a bit better about picking up after their dogs...But otherwise Wonderful!!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is NOT in Oak Mountain State park although it is close by. Very easy trail around a little pond. Great beginners trail.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

9 months ago

walking
10 months ago

Sunday, May 04, 2014