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The BMRR South Trail is part of a network of 14 miles of hiking and biking pathways throughout Birmingham’s 1,500-acre Red Mountain Park, which opened in 2012. The park’s namesake mountain was the source of rich iron ore deposits that made the city an industrial powerhouse in the late 1800s. The Birmingham Mineral Railroad, for which the rail-trail is named, delivered ore from the mountain’s mines to furnaces within the city for processing.
This scenic, unpaved trail, surrounded by tall trees full of Alabama wildlife, is wide enough for many users and leads to destination sites that showcase this mining and industrial history.
A few miles west along Venice Road, users can connect to the High Ore Line Trail, another rail-trail stretching 3.1 miles. The High Ore Line Trail ends at the new Venice Road entrance to Red Mountain Park.
The BMRR North Trail is a paved, 2-mile trail that also winds through the park.
Entrance to the Birmingham Mineral Railroad (BMRR) South Trail is located at 2011 Frankfurt Drive in Birmingham. Currently, temporary parking is available directly across the street from the entrance and plans for a formal parking lot are underway.
Near the south endpoint, there is a new parking lot and entrance on Venice Street, south of Wenoah Road SW.
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