With inspiration from the Appalachians and access to some of the best sights in Alabama, Birmingham is one of the best places for runners to checkout for a mix of nature of city life.
The city of Birmingham is surrounded on one side by the ends of the Appalachian Mountains and Sand Mountain. The north part of the region, outside of city limits, is much more rugged and rough in terms of terrain as the valley is divided by Sand Mountain. While the city itself is stacked with the remnants of the industrial boom, the natural regions around it are safe and beautiful.
River basins, mountain ranges, and lush forests surround the city so that runners can get the ultimate nature trail experience, all in one day. Birmingham is a fantastic city for runners and is sure to provide you with sights you can’t get anywhere but the regions around the Appalachian Mountains.
For some quality in-town trails, Railroad Park and the University offer some quality trails that are sure to entice and excite. There are plenty of neighborhoods throughout the city that offer great pathways and running routes for you to explore. The Hillsboro Trail is a 2-mile asphalt path that is perfect for a smooth, easy run throughout the woods.
Veterans Park is another area with tons of running trails and spots for a simple hike. You can pick and choose from the many pathways available throughout. Red Mountain Park is only 15-minutes from downtown Birmingham and offers a fantastic 2.4-mile running path for an easy trail.
Jemison Trail is a slightly more difficult trail, but not by much. It’s much more natural and will take you through Mountain Brook. It’s an asphalt trail, but it connects with the 54-mile Jemison linear park so you can expand and customize your route as you wish.
Moss Rock Preserve is perfect for the avid runner looking for dirt roads and an off the beaten path experience. Take your run through the woods of the Appalachians and enjoy the natural sights Birmingham has to offer.