Five-Star Trails: Birmingham

Five-Star Trails: Birmingham


2nd Edition

35 Beautiful Hikes in and around the Magic City

This collection of 35 five-star hiking trails in the Birmingham area includes popular routes and hidden treasures.

Discover the Best Hikes in Birmingham, Alabama

Where railroads ran and mines once burrowed into mountains, the healed landscape is repurposed for beautiful hiking and biking opportunities. New and expanding venues around the city provide more chances to get outside and to appreciate the labor and industry that built the city. Explore 35 of Birmingham’s best, five-star trails, divided into six distinct areas in and around the city.

With the expert guidance of local author Thomas M. Spencer, you’ll find yourself on an Appalachian mountain peak or on the banks of the Cahaba River, as it broadens to snake through the Coastal Plain. Visit old-growth forest in the Sipsey Wilderness, or hike down into the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Little River Canyon. Across this landscape, you’ll find a diversity of plant and animal species, some rare and endangered, rivaling those found anywhere else in North America.

Book Features:

  • Descriptions of 35 five-star hiking trails for all levels and interests
  • GPS-based trail maps, elevation profiles, and detailed directions to trailheads
  • Insight into the history, flora, and fauna of the routes
  • Ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children

Lace up, grab your pack, and hit the trail!

Additional information

Weight 12.8 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 in

Thomas Spencer



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Illustration Notes

Black & White maps, charts, and photos throughout


Five-Star Trails

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Menasha Ridge Press


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