Vulcan Trail

Birmingham, Alabama 35201

Elevation Gain96ft
Trailhead Elevation917ft
Elevation Min/Max899/940ft
Elevation Start/End917/917ft

Vulcan Trail

Vulcan Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Birmingham, Alabama. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 917 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 96 feet. The Vulcan Trail parking and the Vulcan observation tower are near the trailhead. There are also viewpoints. This trail connects with the following: Bww Tower.

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Hiking Through History Alabama (Falcon Guides)
Joe Cuhaj
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"The Roman god Vulcan is the god of fire and forge, a symbol of iron and steel, so it is no wonder that a statue of Vulcan stands high about the “Magic City” of Birmingham. Vulcan is the Roman god of fire and the patron of metal working—smithing. So it was only fitting that high atop Red Mountain, where the city of Birmingham’s economic future was born with the iron ore mining industry, a statue to Vulcan was erected. The statue is impressive in itself." Read more
Five-Star Trails: Birmingham (Menasha Ridge Press)
Thomas Spencer
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"This hike hits highlights of Birmingham past and future, starting with the world’s largest cast-iron statue, Vulcan, the Roman god of the forge, erected in tribute to the iron and steel industries that built Birmingham. The hike proceeds along a section of what used to be the Birmingham Mineral Railroad, which once served the mines along the mountainside and is now a paved greenway with views of the city skyline. The walk then descends into the new center of Birmingham’s economy, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After ambling through the campus, we head to the dining and entertainment district at Five Points South and up quaint Cobb Lane. Finally, we make a steep ascent along 20th Street South back to the Vulcan Trail parking lot." Read more

Vulcan Trail Reviews

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No trip to Birmingham is complete without a hike to see Vulcan. This is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The path is just a little over two miles and there is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail. It is used quite a bit by locals and visitors to the area a lot, so don’t be surprised to find other people on the trail pretty much any time of day. The trail is very well maintained. It’s a great place to get a bit of exercise and see a local landmark in the largest city in Alabama.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham 35209; (205) 933-1409;
Local Contacts
USGS Birmingham South, AL; DeLorme: Alabama Atlas & Gazetteer, page 31, E6
Local Maps

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Dec 2018