Rotary Trail


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Rotary Trail Facts

States: Alabama
Counties: Jefferson
Length: 0.4 miles
Trail end points: 2400 1st Ave South and 2000 1st Ave South, Birmingham
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7805117

Rotary Trail Description

Birmingham's much anticipated Rotary Trail opened April 2016. At its entrance, the trail features a 46-foot-tall sign which reads: "Rotary Trail in the Magic City." It is modeled after the historical "Birmingham the Magic City" sign.

Although only a half mile—stretching from 20th Street to 24th Street—the trail links two of the city's unique attractions. Near its western end, the 19-acre Railroad Park offers the Railroad Park Rail Trail, a skate park, a playground, and overlooks for trainspotting and viewing the city's skyline. Near the east end of the Rotary Trail is a National Historic Landmark, the Sloss Furnaces, which serviced the city's iron-producing industry for nearly a century.

At its western end on 24th street, the trail connects with the Hugh Kaul Trail, which continues along 1st Avenue to 38th Street. All three trails are included in the Jones Valley Trail network, which is part of the Red Rock Trail System, a developing 750-mile network of multiuse trails in Jefferson County. The Red Rock Trail System connects important destinations throughout the region such as Red Mountain Park, whichat 1,500 acresis one of the largest urban parks in the country.

The trail’s name comes from the city’s Rotary Club, one of the largest such clubs in the world, which spearheaded the project as part of its 100th anniversary celebration in 2013. The rail-trail is also known as the “1st Avenue Cut” due to its placement along a former railroad trench 14 feet below street level. This was once part of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL), which provided freight and passenger service to Birmingham beginning in 1904.

Bicycles and skateboards are not allowed on Rotary Trail, but on-street bike lanes run along 1st Avenue South and cover the same route. There are picnic tables, benches, recycling and trash cans, device chargers, and pet waste cleanup stations along the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Stairs and ramps from street level provide access to this below-grade rail-trail. Street parking is available along the outer perimeter of nearby Railroad Park (1600 1st Avenue South), along 1st Avenue South. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.

Birmingham's public transit system, BJCTA, provides convenient access to the trail. Visit the BJCTA website to plan your trip. 

Rotary Trail Reviews

So Nice

It’s an urban trail that is part of a bigger trail that is being developed in the Birmingham metro area. Ultimately it will link the west side of town to the east. I’ve ridden from RR Park all the way to Sloss Furnace. It’s easy and enjoyable. And filled with the history of Birmingham.

Beautiful scenery

The trail is really beautiful. There were lots of people walking and cycling. There are also areas where you can sit and even charge your phone. I enjoyed my walk and plan to go further next time to see more of the trail.

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