I love the Rotary Trail! It is super convenient for lots of businesses downtown, and I enjoy taking a walk on it during my lunch break. It has lots of benches and picnic tables that are perfect for eating lunch. The trail also has trash cans, recycling bins and bags for pet waste. I only wish the trail was a bit longer!
Review by Nayima2 years ago
One of the coolest things Birmingham has added to downtown. Cameras and charging stations for safety makes late night walks comfortable. Poop bags provided for dogs and the trail is always clean. Trail runs from Railroad Park to almost Avondale down 1 St Ave S. Definitely worth checking out if you are a runner, traveling with a pet or just looking for somewhere new to burn some calories.
Review by CrysS Botham2 years ago
An awesome addition to downtown Birmingham. This trail hasn't been around for long-maybe a year or two at most. It is one of the many spaces that has transformed and revitalized downtown in the last couple of years.
From what I understand, an old railroad bed used to be along this location, and now you have a beautiful trail with the famous "Magic City" sign comeback highlighting its start.
There are spacious areas where you can sit down, including what look like modern picnic tables along the way. Take a run or walk and make sure to take beautiful pictures of the city while you're here. It of course is also dog friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch. I highly recommend and will be back soon.
Review by Dootch2 years ago
Historic. Visually beautiful. And it has the "Magic City Sign"!!This is a great addition to downtown and a great spot to walk your pet, or just walk with friends. So happy that this was added to Birmingham. It's also close to many great restaurants so you can eat and visit without even getting in your car between. Highly recommend!
Review by Audrina Cabanatan2 years ago
Yet another great addition to downtown Birmingham. I don't see how I can give anything less than five stars than a project that brings back the iconic "The Magic City" sign. What they did with this space is absolutely stunning. Especially compared to what it used to be. You can tell that every detail of the layout and design was thought about. Plenty of cool spots to sit, amazing landscaping, and overall visual appeal in the heart of downtown. Even the rock layout is coordinated beautifully.
The trail itself is not overly difficult. And I wish it were a little bit longer. But it could only go as much as the space provided. Thanks to this well executed project, we have another spot in downtown Birmingham that can be enjoyed.
Review by Engjell2 years ago
Next time you are downtown and looking for a peaceful spot to walk your dog, talk with friends or eat your lunch, check out the Rotary Trail. It is a trail for walkers, runners and bikers that stretches from 20th to 24th street. It is well landscaped with covered areas as well as open areas. At 25th street, you can pick up the Jones Valley Trail, which continues along 1st Avenue to 32nd Street. It also is very near Railroad Park which also has walking trails.
Eventually, the trail is intended to connect Sloss Furnaces to Railroad Park and ultimately, Red Mountain Park in Oxmoor Valley with Sloss Furnace.
Review by Keetzy2 years ago
For its potential, purpose, historic value, the Birmingham Rotary Trail gets 5 big ones!
Potential...to be a longer trail connecting other parts of the city and/or a longer running and walking trail for visitors and locals alike. Regardless, I'm happy for what it is today!
Purpose...Email for a great place to walk, run, bike, or throughout a portion of the city with repurposed materials, beautiful artwork and foliage, and a welcoming sign for others in a NEW Birmingham!
Historic Value...includes a forgotten downtown strip now marked by a modernized sign that was once in 1920s... Bham is coming up...so come in from the burbs and enjoy this well-designed trail one weekend morning or afternoon!
...will visit again and again and again and again!
Review by RAKdevelopments Onyinah2 years ago
The Rotary Trail is a cool use of urban space. The trail is relatively short and starts in a gentrified block near Railroad Park. At the opposite end the surroundings are more typical of an urban setting. The building are more rundown and many have gang-like graffiti. But I felt very safe on the trail. There are many cameras throughout, and no loitering.
The old style sign has been renovated, and it a lovely landmark. The trail is a short walk, and it leads to another trail named the Jones Valley Trail. It connects to Sloss Furnaces. These trails have slight elevation changes and are an easy stroll.
Review by Junayeed Duxburydavies3 years ago
A wonderful oasis in a resurgent city showcasing Birmingham's walkability.
Review by Scriv Mteyni3 years ago
Another awesome outdoor addition to downtown Birmingham. I was thrilled to see the replication of the renowned "Magic City" sign at the entrance. This space was such an eyesore before...and they have done a great job with it. The plantings are beautiful, with plenty of place to sit and relax...and phone charging stations as well! Nice that you can enter from several access points over a few blocks too. Can't wait to have another relaxing afternoon here again soon!!
Review by Logonforlogs3 years ago
Great new trail. If you haven't seen it, take some time out to walk the entire thing. Birmingham is really stepping it's game up
Review by Wolfz3 years ago
As soon as you walk into this trail you approach the huge magic city sign. The trail is very peaceful and the landscaping is done to the T. My dog and I had a great walk this evening. He stopped and smelled some flowers. If you get tired there are benches along the way. There's a station to charge your phone. There also bags for your dog in case they need it. Overall a great afternoon.
Review by Sherrymaine3 years ago
I absolutely LOVE the Rotary Trail and I'm excited to have this great addition to our city. This trail replaces a railroad cut that was overgrown and vandalized with graffiti. It connects Railroad Park with the Jones Valley Trail system and adds a beautiful linear green space amidst the concrete jungle of downtown Birmingham. The walking path includes benches, beautiful landscaping, brides, tunnels, solar charging stations and more. The Magic City sign at the entrance of the trailhead pays homage to the history of the city and former sign that was removed over 60 years ago from the terminal station.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Birmingham for their efforts to plan and fund this great trail!
Review by Daibhid Musingo3 years ago
Congratulations Birmingham on creating an innovative green space in what used to be old rail tracks. I have ridden down the trail many times on my bicycle. It gives a good option for cyclists to get off the road in a city that is not exactly bike friendly.
There are plenty of places I sit and enjoy the sun, take a stroll or use as a running, biking path.
At one end there is some food inclined glory bound gyro company and momma Gilbert's.
Review by EvaYavkubi3 years ago
The Rotary Trail is an AWESOME addition to Birmingham. The walk through it is beautiful. There are plenty of places to sit and stairs to exit the trail and go walk around Birmingham. It is even well lit at night.
Review by Ardayre3 years ago
I think this trail is super neat. I look forward to when the trees grow up a bit and provide some more shade, but for now it is a very neat trail. I really enjoy the idea of trails extending across Birmingham that can be walked, biked, run; and this piece of trail is a beauty to enjoy. There are electric outlets throughout the trail. They did a good job here.
Review by Stasmom3 years ago
Rotary trail has been in the works for a long time (30 years, I think?). It's amazing to see it finally come together! It has wide walks for plenty of people and lots of places for people to stop and relax. Its a wonderful addition to downtown and I can't wait to see what other development pops up around it.
Review by Aeshlyn3 years ago
Great walking or running path in the heart of downtown. Plenty of seating if you need to take a break or just want to have a nice picnic outside. It is a very welcome addition to the revitalization of downtown Birmingham.
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