The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System is transforming our community by making the Birmingham region a better place to live, work and play.

Over the past decade, Birmingham has made remarkable strides in developing new green spaces. The Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System allows us the chance to connect our existing parks into a greater network of greenways, making our communities healthier and safer. Each mile of greenway creates an environment where healthy choices become easy choices, and people are able to become reconnected with the outdoors.

Each mile of the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System is as unique as the neighborhoods that connect it. It is our goal to create positive impacts for the physical, economic, environmental, and social well-being of the Birmingham Region, one mile at a time. Together, we can create a healthier, more connected community for everyone.

Each mile of the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System is as unique as the neighborhoods that connect it. It is our goal to create positive impacts for the physical, economic, environmental, and social well-being of the Birmingham Region, one mile at a time. Together, we can create a healthier, more connected community for everyone.

What is the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System?

The 750-mile system is a network of multi-use trails (useable by walkers, joggers, cyclists, etc), sidewalks, and bike lanes linking people and communities throughout Jefferson County. Some of the trails already exist, such as the six-mile Shades Creek Greenway that parallels Lakeshore Drive in Homewood, or Vulcan Trail which runs along an abandoned railroad bed atop Red Mountain overlooking downtown Birmingham. Other facilities are currently underway, including the new Civil Rights Trail that includes bike lanes, sidewalks, and a 1-mile trail in the Smithfield community of Birmingham. Other projects, such as the Rotary Trail and the High Ore Line Trail, are scheduled to be built soon. The Red Rock Trail System is a vision for ensuring every resident within Jefferson County has a trail that they can call their own.

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Where exactly is the Red Rock Trail System?

The Red Rock System contains six primary trails that connect the region together.  The trails primarily follow the area’s waterways, including Shades Creek, Five-Mile Creek, Turkey Creek, Village Creek, Valley Creek, and the Cahaba River.  Sidewalks and bike lanes are designed to stretch into communities and neighborhoods and improve access to these main trails.  Once complete, everyone within Jefferson County will have access to a safe trail in their community.

When is all of this supposed to be complete?

The Red Rock System contains six primary trails that connect the region together.  The trails primarily follow the area’s waterways, including Shades Creek, Five-Mile Creek, Turkey Creek, Village Creek, Valley Creek, and the Cahaba River.  Sidewalks and bike lanes are designed to stretch into communities and neighborhoods and improve access to these main trails.  Once complete, everyone within Jefferson County will have access to a safe trail in their community.

How is the Red Rock System being built?

Funds to build trails often come from transportation funding sources at the federal, state, and local levels.  These funds are typically focused on relieving congestion, providing alternative means of transportation than an individual automobile, or providing safe access to schools or bus stops.  Private funding, either from organizations, foundations, or individuals may also be used to construct trails.

To learn more about how the Red Rock Trail is connecting Birmingham, visit www.redrocktrail.org. and watch our by clicking here

Touring Your Town: Red Rock Tuesdays

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Freshwater Land Trust and Fox 6’s Good Day Alabama with Jeh Jeh Pruitt visit a town in Jefferson County to walk their portion of the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System in an effort to educate our community on where they can get out and active. Each month, we talk about the health, economic and environmental benefits of parks and trails throughout Jefferson County with our partners, as well as feature special giveaways and announcements about upcoming projects. Tune in to Red Rock Tuesday every first Tuesday of the month to stay updated and learn more about how you can connect to this effort.

Goodwyn Mills and Cawood

Goodwyn Mills and Cawood was hired in August of 2010 to help the Freshwater Land Trust create a greenways master plan for Jefferson County. GMC has experience developing greenways across the state including Chief Ladiga in east Alabama, Aldridge Creek, Indian Creek and Big Cove Greenways in Huntsville, Aqueduct Trail in Tarrant, the Polly Reed Road Trail in Center Point and the downtown trail in Eufala.