Railroad Park Rail Trail

Alabama

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Railroad Park Rail Trail Facts

States: Alabama
Counties: Jefferson
Length: 0.4 miles
Trail end points: 14th Street S. and 18th Street S.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7804274

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Railroad Park Rail Trail Description

Railroad Park is an 8-block recreational public space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the city's railroad culture both past and present. It borders active railroad lines that transverse the city from east to west, and has elevated vantage points for trainspotting.

A rail-trail travels the length of the park, past a lake, streams, wetlands, and grassy fields. Other features found within the park's 19 acres, include a skate park, playground, and overlooks for viewing the city's skyline.

Near its eastern end is the Rotary Trail, which is built on a former railroad bed along 1st Avenue South between 20th and 24th streets. Also known as the “1st Avenue Cut,” the half-mile rail-trail follows a submerged railroad line that dips 14 feet below street level. Near its end is a National Historic Landmark, the Sloss Furnaces, which serviced the city's iron-producing industry for nearly a century. Both trails are part of the larger Red Rock Trail System, a 750-mile system of multi-use trails across Jefferson County.

Parking and Trail Access

Street parking is available along the outer perimeter of Railroad Park (1600 1st Avenue South), along 1st Avenue South.

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