Road Running in Birmingham, AL
About Birmingham Road Running
The Ross Bridge community in Hoover is a little off the beaten path, but this place is worth seeking out to explore the idyllic streets and footpaths of this award-winning New Urbanist neighborhood with Arts and Crafts homes and inviting front porches. Ross Bridge community was designed around parks and green space, and provides easy pedestrian access to each of the architecturally distinct neighborhoods and many small parks throughout the 1,700-acre property. This provides runners with many options for everything from a 2-mile jog to an 8-mile tour of the entire community.
Another popular urban choice is the Lakeshore Trail. It follows a nice creek, and has plenty of shade and zero traffic, with the exception of one road crossing. This full out-and-back trail totals 5.2 miles with almost no elevation, and is a perfect simple, flat and scenic route. A 2.6-mile asphalt trail portion has a yellow line for bi-directional travel and is open to both foot traffic, bikes and strollers. Most of the serious cyclists will avoid the trail and stick to the adjacent road, so it’s pretty safe to pop in the ear buds and lose yourself in your tunes.
Every Wednesday, the Trak Shak hosts a 5-mile social run through the residential Homewood neighborhood. Join about 40-50 other like-minded runners for this fun Hump Day celebration.
Tour the villages of Mountain Brook and Homewood with either an 8.2 or 6-mile road run.
The Lakeshore Trail is a paved pedestrian trail along a shaded creek that is great for getting in a nice 5-mile road run.
The Jemison Trail makes for a relaxing, low traffic run through some of the most scenic neighborhoods in Alabama.
Run through the trails and streets of this award winning Birmingham neighborhood.
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