Take a Hike
This Saturday marks the 28th annual National Trails Day! There is no better place to celebrate this holiday than Tuscaloosa. We encourage you to explore the beautiful local trails within our community. Lucky for you, we have listed below some of the many spots in Tuscaloosa to admire our city’s extraordinary trails.
Lake Lurleen is a favorite of locals looking for relaxation and recreation alike! The park’s trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers, and the park offers 91 campsites for those looking for an extended stay. If that isn’t enough to draw you in, the park also boasts fishing, swimming, boating, and a beach. Whether it’s walking your dog among the shoreline or renting a kayak, Lake Lurleen truly has something for everyone!
About 20 minutes from Tuscaloosa lies another paradise for those looking to enjoy the outdoors: Lake Nicol. This local favorite offers a chance to get off the beaten path and explore the wonder of mother nature. The many species of birds that call the area home make for excellent birdwatching. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, and picnicking on the shore.
Located outside of the city, Lake Harris is an amazing way to spend National Trail Day. The park features high cliffs, two dams, swimming spots, and a beach. The park’s main hiking trail leads visitors across the lake’s two dams, and the lake itself is known for its bass fishing. Lake Harris is an excellent local spot for your next outdoor adventure!
Hurricane Creek has been an important part of the Tuscaloosa community for decades. In fact, the park’s popular Eagle Scout Trail was planned and blazed by local scouts. Explore this local favorite by canoeing down the creek, traversing the park’s biking and hiking trails, or simply taking in the native plants and wildlife.
Van de Graaff Arboretum & Historic Bridge Park
Van de Graaff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park is located in Northport, a short drive from Tuscaloosa. The historic 1882 King Bowstring Bridge is a focal point of the park, and there is also a short hiking trail for visitors to explore. Camping, fishing, and boating are offered, and kayaks and canoes are available to rent onsite seasonally.