Need Outdoor Weekend Plans? Check Out These Trails

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Micah Ward

Most people have been stuck indoors far more than usual lately, so getting outside for some fresh air is more important than ever.

There are several parks and trails located in and around Tuscaloosa just waiting to be explored.

For anyone on the lookout for biking trails, here are some favorites.

  • Munny Sokol Park located less than 6 miles from downtown Tuscaloosa. For those with a few hours to spare, there are 11 miles of trail to tackle. However, there are shorter routes available for those looking for a quick ride. Here are directions to the trail head.
  • Hurricane Creek Park includes 4.4 miles of trails, ranging from easy to more difficult trails. There’s beautiful scenic views for bikers and walkers.  Find the directions to the trails here.
  • Lake Lurleen State Park has so much to offer for those looking for a beautiful ride. Located just 9 miles northwest of Tuscaloosa, the park offers 23 miles of trail for bikers. The trails are located along the lake so bikers can enjoy the view. Here are the directions to the park.

For those who want to enjoy a nice walk or even a picnic, here’s a list of options.

  • The first obvious choice for University of Alabama students is the Tuscaloosa River Walk. There’s over 4 miles of paved trail for anyone who wants to take a nice walk around the river. It is pet friendly, as long as you pick up after your pet. There’s also plenty of picnic tables and outdoor grills. Here’s how to get there.
  • Lake Nicol offers various picnic spots, as well as cliffside views of the lake. The lake is relatively small, but there’s plenty of space for people to canoe and kayak. There’s even spots for those who are daring to go cliff jumping into the lake. The address is 4409 Nicol Park Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406.
  • For those looking to take a walk through history, check out Queen City Park. The park was built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930’s. There are trails throughout the park that go through the woods, along with benches along the trails for people to sit and enjoy the scenery. The park is located at Queen City Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

Make sure to check the weather before you head out, and if you’re going alone let someone know your plans and when you should be back.

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