Freshwater Land Trust’s Hugh Kaul Trail is complete + fundraising concert TONIGHT, Aug. 26

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Birmingham celebrated the Hugh Kaul Trail, including Mayor Woodfin. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Birmingham, we know how you should get around downtown—walking or biking on the Hugh Kaul Trail. On August 26, Freshwater Land Trust officially opened the last segment of the trail, extending from Avondale’s 41st Street to historic Continental Gin. Keep reading to learn all the details about this trail and what’s next for Freshwater Land Trust.

It’s time to hop on the Hugh Kaul Trail

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Explore downtown on this trail. (Selah Vetter / Bham Now)

There’s no better way to celebrate an opening than with a ribbon cutting. On August 26, Freshwater Land Trust (FLT) celebrated the completion of the final segment, formerly known as the Continental Gin Connector. The 1.5 miles Hugh Kaul Trail is connecting downtown Birmingham to Avondale. It also provides an amazing way for Birmingham to explore the outdoors and commute to work. The trail includes popular spots, such as:

  • Avondale
  • Continental Gin
  • Pepper Place
  • Rotary Trail
  • Sloss Furnaces

“This is truly remarkable. One of my favorite words is connectivity. I think this is what the trail represents.”

Randall Woodfin, Mayor, City of Birmingham

Generous donors are making a difference for Bham

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It takes a team. (Selah Vetter / Bham Now)

FLT is able to do the amazing work it does due to generous donors. There were many people and organizations that helped build this newest trail, particularly The Hugh Kaul Foundation.

“I really want to emphasize what a community effort this Hugh Kaul Trail has been. Over 45 foundations, corporations and individuals have contributed to the Hugh Kaul Trail and through that Freshwater Land Trust was able to privatly raise $2 million during the pandemic.”

Rusha Smith, Executive Director, Freshwater Land Trust

Helping Jefferson County get outdoors

Hugh Kaul Trail is just one of many trails in the Greater Birmingham Area. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

There’s so much more in store for Jefferson County. The Hugh Kaul Trail is part of FLT’s Red Rock Trail System. The 10-year master plan consists of building 750 miles of trails throughout Jefferson County, including downtown Birmingham. The Red Rock Trail System will include trails through seven corridors, including:

  • Cahaba River
  • Five Mile Creek
  • Jones Valley and Valley Creek
  • Shades Creek
  • Turkey Creek
  • Village Creek

“Our mission is for every person to get outside and experience green space. Trails are a great way to get people outside.”

Carolyn Buck, Red Rock Trail System Director, Freshwater Land Trust

Are you curious if there’s a trail where you live? You can check out FLT’s interactive map for their trail system, which shows their different types of trails, including:

  • Bike lanes: bikes only
  • Complete streets: streets user-friendly for everyone
  • Greenways: multi-use trails that are off-road with a developed surface
  • Natural trails: off-road trails
  • Sharrows: both bikes and cars

How can you help build trails?

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You can make a difference in Jefferson County. (Selah Vetter / Bham Now)

There’s more than one way to help FLT build trails around Birmingham. Besides donating to FLT, other ways you can help include:

Big fundraiser tonight, August 26

If you’re looking for Friday night plans, FLT is hosting their 13th annual Land Aid fundraising concert, featuring national headliners The Sam Bush Band and Greensky Bluegrass.

Are you excited to walk or bike on the Hugh Kaul Trail? Tag us @BhamNow to let us know!

Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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