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.
Vulcan Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Through History Alabama (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Thomas Spencer, Five-Star Trails: Birmingham (Menasha Ridge Press).
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