The Homewood Shades Creek Greenway is a three-mile-long multi-use trail meandering through floodplain forest along the banks of Shades Creek. The paved trail is frequented by joggers, bikers, and walkers during most daylight hours of the year.
The Greenway includes a portion of Shades Creek and provides a chance to explore floodplain habitats of one of the most important streams in the Birmingham metropolitan area. An expansion of the Greenway in both directions is underway by the city of Homewood.
The Greenway is maintained by the City of Homewood’s Parks & Recreation Board. Though there are many access points, two official trailheads offer parking at either end of the Greenway. Their approximate street addresses are:
1280 Columbiana Road, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
Corner of Brookwood Boulevard and Brookwood Village Road, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
1280 Columbiana Road
Homewood, AL 35209
• What To Do •
Three miles of paved trail (or six miles out and back) provide a retreat from the urban landscape and a place for walking, biking, jogging, and roller blading. Nature study is also an option. Bring binoculars for bird and butterfly watching. Grab your dip net and bucket and wade in the creek to catch minnows and crayfish. In the creek, look for different types of rocks, skip a few stones, and hunt for interesting urban artifacts that wind up in the creek. Across from the Samford University Campus, look for V-shaped stream restoration structures known as cross vanes. Near the northern end of the greenway, you’ll find Jemison Park and the Homewood Forest Preserve.
• Seasonal Highlights •
Late spring through early fall – when water levels are low – is the best time to wade in the creek. Wildflower blooming peaks in spring and fall in the meadows along the greenway.