Did you know Trussville has a really big (and I mean, really) big park? It’s actually a series of parks. We went exploring and began by entering through Civitan Park. To get to this go down hwy 11 towards Target. Go past the shopping center on your left and continue into the older main part of Trussville. Look for the park on your left just before it narrows into a two lane instead of 4 lane road.
To get into the park you can either turn before it (by the rock gazebo like structure) and park across the road in a church parking lot, or you can turn into the park (through what appears to be a temporary fence like gate), or do what I did and turn down Cherokee Drive and pull off the side of the road. People seem to park all willy nilly over the park. Pretty much anywhere you see a gravel road dipping down into the park, then you can drive down and park where ever.
Civitan Park Details:
There is an extensive disc golf course here.
Apparently there are some geocaches too!
The Cahaba River flows through the park.
Canoe launch area with info posted near the bridge.
The park is on both sides of the Cahaba and a really cool bridge crosses the river.
On the left hand side of the bridge there are plans displayed showing how it will become a Veterans Memorial.
The right hand side of the bridge is a greenway that extends a really long way. It backs up to the Senior Civic Center then flows past it, along the river, and finally connects with one of the other park systems.
The road to the left of the park that you enter by the stone gazebo leads to even *more* kids parks! They look really nice too!
Several picnic tables.
It backs right up into the 128 acre sports complex. There are bike lanes throughout the park and the park has an unimaginable amount of fields for every sport. There are trails here! We didn’t go down them but they are open to dogs, horses, and bicyclists. There is about 4 to 6 miles of trails and they seem to weave throughout the park. I saw trail blazes on both sides of the roads. I saw two people with a large group of dogs making their way to one of the trails. Dogs must be on a leash.
Civitan and Dogs (pros and cons):
Gold! I found this while gathering links. It’s awesome.
Trail system list for the state of Alabama. Has a lot of trails I didn’t know about and I fully intend to check out! I’m not going to assume it’s exhaustive, but it’s certainly going to come in handy for me!
Also, anyone have any updates on the proposed purchase of 1472 acres along the Cahaba that Trussville was talking about buying 2009 and that they would incorporate into their parks system? This just sounds so fantastic! I’m wondering if they own it now and if there’s any hiking paths (officially finished or not…) along the river there.
Here’s some info on it: al.com
Lastly here are a few links to help you if you want to know more about the trails. I had to gather the info from a biking site. Thanks to the site for gathering and spreading the good info! Now I can make it available to dog owners 🙂
Parks Trail Info
More Park Trail Info
A link to an upcoming event to raise money for the Cahaba and takes place in Trussville. Sounds great! But you can’t bring your pooch 😦
Park Overall Rating: 6.5 out of 10.
Above average. Might seriously improve once I get our feet & paws on the trails. Definitely worth checking out even if just once!