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The Richard L. Platt Levee Trail is located on the north bank of the Black Warrior River, in Northport. The paved multipurpose path stretches 2.5 miles from point-to-point. The first mile or so of the trail, beginning at its western endpoint, travels roughly parallel to the river. An early highlight, coming a half-mile in, is the old wood and steel trestle bridge, which despite being constructed in the 1890's, is still in active use by trains to this day. The trail continues east on the crest of the levee, offering views of the river. The trail then pivots north. There is a short on-street segment at the end of 3rd street to connect to the next segment of off-street trail. Rice Mine Road, at about the 1.5 mile mark, is the only major road crossing on the route. The trail continues north along Twomile Creek. Users have to double back to get back to the trailheads.
Unlike the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk across the river, the Northport Levee Trail appeals to trail goers looking for a quieter, less crowded route along the Black Warrior River to get some exercise. The trail is not shaded from the sun's rays, nor is it lit up at night, so be mindful of that as you visit.
Park at the west end of the trail, on 30th Street, just south of Kentuck Park. An alternative spot to park is located on Rice Mine Road.
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