Where to Run
Are your normal running routes getting boring? Or maybe you're just getting started and need some ideas of where to run, walk, or do whatever moves you. These are some our favorite locations in and around Tuscaloosa to stay active.
Sokol Park South
With approximately 11 miles of trails (+2 miles of roads) ranging from easy to intermediate, these trails are great for running, walking, or mountain biking. The Wagner's Weekly Trail Run meets here at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays and various mountain bike groups meet through the week as well. The entrance is located off of Union Chapel road, across from Ol' Colony Golf Course.
A well known spot on the Black Warrior river with about 2 miles of trails or a 4.75 mile out and back loop around the amphitheater. Parking is available at both Manderson Landing and downtown with multiple parking lots along the path. Part of the original unpaved path still runs from the Eastern end of the trail to the US 82 bridge.
UA Arboretum/Harry pritchett running park/va hospital
All three adjacent to one another, these three locations contain a total of 19 miles of running paths.
The University of Alabama Arboretum contains 12 miles of winding wooded trails with beautiful and rare flora and fauna. The entrance is at the intersection of Veteran's Memorial Parkway and Loop Road. The first parking lot is for the Harry Pritchett running park (see below) but further on down the gravel road is the Arboretum parking. Open till sunset daily. TRAIL MAP
Harry Pritchett Running Park(the former University golf course) is the site of the annual University of Alabama Crimson Classic cross country meet and contains 5 miles of open grassy trails with some woods and hills in the back section. It is also used as an unofficial dog park so watch out! The entrance is at the intersection of Veteran's Memorial Parkway and Loop Road. Hours are normally the same as the Arboretum
The VA Hospital has a 2 mile paved walking trail around its perimeter. Parking is available at the McAbee Activity Center off of Loop Road.
Lake Lurleen State Park
Located in Coker, AL, Lake Lurleen is a 25 minute drive from Tuscaloosa and has 24 miles of well maintained trails perfect for running and biking. There is a $4 entrance fee to enter the park but if you plan on going regularly, check out the Dirt Pass Trail Crew program for free admission at all Alabama State Parks on the 2nd Saturday of every month. TRAIL MAP