Dunnavant Valley Greenway
The Dunnavant Valley Greenway, which has a natural surface, spans approximately 1.9 miles along the North Fork of Yellow Leaf Creek between the Dunnavant Valley Fields Trailhead and the Hwy 41 Trailhead. The Dunnavant Valley Fields Trailhead (southern trailhead) is located within the soccer field complex. After exiting Highway 280, continue past the 280 Shelby County Services Building (19220 Highway 280 East, Birmingham, AL 35242). Prior to entering the main parking lot for the soccer fields, take a right and head south along the western side of soccer fields. Continue around the soccer fields until it ends in a small parking lot. A pedestrian bridge leads from the parking lot to the greenway. The greenway initially uses an old roadbed. Approximately halfway, two rock formations incorporated into the trail are found – Rock Garden and Rock Scramble. Gentle bypasses for each exist. As one hikes through the pine and hardwood forest, it is easy to hear a variety of birds. The greenway passes a number of rapids and cascades, and ascends and descends a number of small hills. Diverse flora is abundant during the Spring and Summer. There are two foot bridges that are crossed prior to ascending a small hill to the Hwy 41 Trailhead (northern trailhead) which is located on Dunnavant Valley Road between Birch Creek Drive and River Birch Way. The Dunnavant Valley Greenway Connector (0.39 Miles) was constructed connecting the Hwy 41 Trailhead and the Dunnavant Valley Park, providing additional parking opportunities. The North Fork of Yellow Leaf Creek has water year round but is mainly feed from rainfall. The best chance to see water flowing in the creek is between November and June when the greatest rainfall occurs. Restrooms are located at the 280 Shelby County Services Building, the Dunnavant Valley Fields, and the Dunnavant Valley Park.