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Dunnavant Valley Greenway
The Dunnavant Valley Greenway runs approximately 1.8 miles one way along the North Fork of Yellow Leaf Creek between two trailheads. The southern trailhead is located within the SportsBlast 1996 Fields Complex adjacent to Highway 280. After exiting the highway, continue past the BlackWatch Sports Performance facility (19220 Highway 280 East, Birmingham, AL 35242).
Bridge & Trailhead
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 bridge leads from the parking lot to the greenway. The northern trailhead is located on Dunnavant Valley Road (Highway 41) between Birch Creek Drive and River Birch Way but has limited parking and may fill up on nice weekends.
Water & Rainfall
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. The greenway has a natural surface. If beginning at the northern trailhead, hikers descend a small hill into a valley where the greenway parallels the creek.
There are two foot bridges that are crossed. As you hike through the pine and hardwood forest, it is easy to hear a variety of birds. The greenway passes a number of rapids and cascades. The greenway ascends and descends a number of small hills, most of which are covered in large rocks. Then the greenway follows an old roadbed to a bridge to the southern trailhead. Diverse flora is abundant during the Spring and Summer. Rock formations and rock gardens can easily be seen in the Fall and Winter.