Some weekends, a good walk or hike is exactly what’s needed to shake off those cobwebs and get back to nature. Whether it’s for a lengthy dog walk or a leisurely stroll, getting out there onto a trail can do just about anyone the world of good. Gardendale is home to multiple trails and paths, providing ample opportunity to get back to nature on your terms. Here are our top picks for great hikes in the local Gardendale area:
Five Mile Creek Greenway
Connecting to Gardendale through Brookside and Fultondale, the name of this beautiful hike is a little on the deceptive side. With a full 27 miles of crushed stone pathing to explore and hike along, there’s plenty of opportunities to take a little time for yourself and get back to the wilderness. Suitable for both biking and walking, this trail is excellent for veteran hikers that are looking to get stuck into a multi-mile hike for a full day out. Seating is included along the route for welcome breaks, and the greenway is well-maintained – making it a relatively easy choice for hikers of all ages, depending on how long you plan to hike for.
While parts of Celebration Park include the standard pavilions, sports pitches, and playgrounds you’d expect from a large-scale family-friendly green space, this particular park has more to it than meets the eye. As part of the broader complex, nature trails have been built into the park itself, offering an alternative to the colorful play equipment and regulation picnic benches to experience a short hike. Suitable for solo walkers as well as families, this route may not be strenuous. Still, it’s undoubtedly well-planned-out, with a focus on maintaining natural beauty over the more commercialized feel of the rest of the park.
Gardendale Urban Trail System
Referred to as ‘GUTS,’ the Gardendale Urban Trail System features plenty of woodland and countless trails just off of Fieldstown Road. There’s plenty of opportunity for runners, hikers, and mountain bikers to make the most of the space available, with well-trodden and maintained trails set out amongst woodland and grassland to further add to that ‘back to nature’ feel. If you’re looking for a space that’s genuinely hiking and biking-exclusive, then looking up GUTS is an excellent choice. There’s even an active Facebook group detailing the routes and trails available in the space.
Birmingham’s Rotary Trail
If you fancy yourself an urban hiker, and you love the feel and culture of Birmingham city, then the highly anticipated Rotary Trail may be worth a try. This relatively short walk or hike is ideal for families. The trail is even fully wheelchair accessible to make it fun for the whole family. While outside of Gardendale, this trail is an alternative for those that prefer the big city over small-town nature – and we’d always recommend taking a look at what’s in your back yard before exploring the trails further afield.
As a leafy and green suburb, there are plenty of walks to undertake throughout Gardendale. For those looking for a specific challenge, these hikes just might be the ideal way to get out of that town mindset and smelling the flowers again. With plenty of walks available in the surrounding area too, residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to natural and urban trails of all shapes and sizes.