The Levee Trail is a paved, two-mile, out-and-back trail that runs along the north bank of the Black Warrior River. It is completely flat and perfect for speed workouts with signs marking every quarter mile of the trail.
The Richard L. Platt Memorial Levee Trail is a paved, two-mile, out-and-back trail that runs along the north bank of the Black Warrior River. The trail starts near Kentuck Park and goes east, crossing Rice Mine Road once near the one-and-a-half-mile mark. The Levee Trail is completely flat and perfect for speed workouts with signs marking every quarter mile of the trail. The trail does not loop, so runners going the full two miles will have to turn around and run or walk back the two miles they came.The Levee’s main attraction is its proximity to the Black Warrior River, West Alabama’s largest waterway. Portions of the trail hug the river and provide several mile-long views of its banks. Heading west, the trail also provides views of (and actually crosses under) the largely wooden trestle bridge that is one of the largest of its kind in the country, carrying trains across the river to this day.Other sections of the trail are hugged on either side by wooded areas, although the trees are far enough from the pathway that very little shade is provided on the trail. Especially in summer months, runners should be sure to drink and/or bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
What Makes It Great
The Levee Trail features a flat, smooth pathway typical of roadways but in a largely secluded section of the city. Despite its location in the heart of Northport, the Levee provides a very quiet road run with almost no car traffic except one place where the trail crosses Rice Mine Road. It also provides stunning views of the Black Warrior River and the bridges that cross it.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners wanting scenic views on a speedy course. No other trail in the Tuscaloosa area provides the combination of flat, paved paths and scenic views like the Levee does, making it ideal for grueling speed and interval workouts. Depending on your appetite after your workout, and depending on the time of day that you go running, you can even enjoy some good, local barbecue on your way back to the car, as Tuscaloosa’s own Dreamland Bar-B-Que is mere steps away from the trail.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The Levee Trail starts near Kentuck Park. From Alabama 69, take the Northport exit and head west on Fifth Street toward Kentuck Park. Before the park, turn left onto 30th Avenue, and the parking lot and trailhead will be about a half mile down the road on your left. Other parking areas are available at the one-and-a-half-mile mark on Rice Mine Road and at the end of Bridge Avenue near Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Very few parts of the trail are lit, so running at the Levee should only be done during daylight hours. Dogs are allowed on leashes.