Jones Valley

Jones Valley Corridor

Central Spine of the Greenway System

The Jones Valley Corridor follows Jones Valley from Bessemer in the west to East Lake Park near Ruffner Mountain in the east. Red Mountain and Ruffner Mountain border the valley to the south and Sand Ridge to the north.

The Corridor provides connectivity to over 30 schools and incorporates greenways and street-based trails that will serve Birmingham's most urban residential areas and provide fantastic opportunities for recreation and multimodal commuting. Major destinations within this corridor include Miles College, the Birmingham Metroplex, AG Gaston Boys and Girls Club, Five Points West Commercial District, Rickwood Field, Princeton Hospital, Birmingham-Southern College, The Civil Rights District, the Entertainment District, UAB, the new Birmingham Ball Park, Railroad Park, Sloss Furnaces, the Design and Lakeview Commercial Districts, Avondale Park, East Lake Park, Roebuck Golf Course, and the downtown areas of Bessemer, Midfield, Fairfield, Birmingham and Woodlawn.

Jurisdictions

The Jones Valley Corridor is within the following municipalities: Bessemer, Midfield, Fairfield and Birmingham.

Overall Corridor Distance

28.8 Miles

Featured Trails

Valley Creek Greenway I - A proposed shared-use greenway along Valley Creek from Powder Plant Road in West Bessemer to past the High Ore Line Greenway in Midfield to Harmon Industries. The Pipe Shop is a proposed green space just east of Dolicito Lake and is one of six Freshwater Land Trust parcels along the route.


Jones Valley Rail Greenway - A proposed rail-to-trail greenway along an old rail bed from Hartman Industries at the north side of Valley Creek to 1st Avenue North at 7th Street North. This greenway passes AG Gaston Boys & Girls Club, Fair Park, Rickwood Field, and is a few blocks from Princeton Hospital Campus, Legion Field and Arlington Historical House in the City of Birmingham.


1st Avenue South Greenway at the Cut - A proposed rail-to-trail greenway that travels along a rail bed from 20th to 32nd Street near Sloss Furnace where the Railroad Park Reservation ends in the west. From 20th Street to 25th Street construction involves the renovation of existing concrete retaining walls for structural stability.


35th Street Bridge Trail - A proposed street-based trail with road diet crossing the railroad track via the 35th street Bridge reduces 4 lanes to 2 lanes with bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road. This safely connects the north and south sides of the railroad tracks, which helps improve the overall Jones Valley Corridor connection between Railroad Park and Ruffner Mountain. The project can be phased with painting lanes initially and adding planting and lighting with sequential phases.


20th Street Vulcan Greenway - A proposed street-based trail with shared-use side path along 20th Street, from Five Points South past Vulcan Park to Valley Avenue on the south side of Red Mountain, reducing from 4 to 3 lanes with a lane dedicated to walking and cycling. To deal with rush hour traffic, two vehicular lanes dedicated to traffic with the direction changed with signalization at the appropriate time would be an option. Like all Road Diet projects a traffic study is required for design.


1st Avenue North Trail - A proposed street-based trail runs along 1st Avenue North from 14th Street North all the way to Roebuck Springs Golf and Recreation Center. This greenway involves placing 1st North on a road diet reducing the roadway from 4 lanes to 3 with bike lanes. The traffic count varies from 8,700 to 22,000 cars / day, making this a good candidate for improving safety and access for bikes, pedestrians and motor vehicles through a 'road diet'.


3rd Avenue South Trail - This proposed street-based trail begins at the intersection of Oporto Madrid Boulevard and 2nd Avenue South and end at the intersection of 1st and 5th Avenue South, turning south onto 64th Place South then continuing east along 5th Avenue South.


1st Avenue North Trail - A proposed street-based trail runs along 1st Avenue North from 14th Street North all the way to Roebuck Springs Golf and Recreation Center. This greenway involves placing 1st North on a road diet reducing the roadway from 4 lanes to 3 with bike lanes. The traffic count varies from 8,700 to 22,000 cars / day, making this a good candidate for improving safety and access for bikes, pedestrians and motor vehicles through a 'road diet'.


Other Trails

Trail Name Trail Type Length
Valley Creek Greenway I A 8.7 mi
Valley Creek Greenway II A 1.5mi
Jones Valley Rail Greenway C 5.5mi
Jones Valley Trail E 1.0 mi
Railroad Park Greenway
1st Avenue South Trail E 0.6 mi
1st Avenue South Greenway at the Cut C 1.1 mi
35th Street Bridge Trail J 0.9 mi
1st Avenue North Trail E 9.2 mi
Ruffner Mountain Connector I 3.1 mi
High Ore Line Greenway C 3.1 mi
16th Street Connector I 2.0 mi
20th Street Trail Connector I 2.1 mi
20th Street Vulcan Greenway J 0.9 mi
24th Avenue/Shuttlesworth Connection I 2.8 mi
Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard Connector I 1.1 mi
Crestwood Connector I 3.4 mi
5th Avenue South and Georgia Road Connector I 3.4 mi
5th Avenue South Connector J 3.0 mi
7th Avenue South Trail E 0.6 mi
7th Avenue South Existing
7th Avenue South and Clairmont Connector I 2.2 mi
Clairmont Greenway Existing
Clairmont Greenway Extension I 0.4 mi
Crestwood/Clairmont Connector I 0.8 mi
12th/56th Street Connector I 1.3 mi
Highland Avenue Connector I 0.6 mi
Highland Avenue Parks Connector I 1.7 mi
Woodfield Connection I 0.8 mi
Martin Luther King Greenway Existing
Martin Luther King Greenway Extension B 0.3 mi
57th St. West Connector I 0.4 mi
Pineview Greenway Trail B 0.2 mi
Pineview Road Trail I 0.8 mi
Glen Oaks Elementary Connector B 0.4 mi
Health Clinic Greenway I 0.4 mi
Ruffner Rail Greenway C 1.8 mi
Vulcan Greenway
Greensprings Avenue Trail F 5.4 mi
14th Street North Trail I 0.6 mi
Martin Luther King Jr. Trail I 2.7 mi
Red Mountain Park Connector I 7.2 mi
Woodward Road Trail I 2.2 mi
Fairfield Trail I 4.4 mi
Miles College Connector Trail I 0.3 mi
Vulcan Park Connector Greenway C 1.0 mi
Robert Jemison Road Trail I 1.5 mi
86th Street South Trail I 1.6 mi
39th Street South Connector I 0.4 mi
3rd Avenue South Trail I 2.5 mi
43rd Street Trail I 1.1 mi
28th Street North Trail I 1.3 mi
6th Avenue South Trail I 2.6 mi
US Highway-11 Trail J 12.7 mi
Red Mountain Ridge Trail I 0.3 mi
41st Street Trail I 0.5 mi
Hueytown Power Easement Trail B 3.0 mi
Bessemer CSX Trail A 4.2 mi
Midfield Park Trail B 0.4 mi
Harmony Drive Greenway A 2.3 mi
Dartmouth Avenue Trail I 2.0 mi
DeBardeleben Park Connector I 0.8 mi
Carolina Avenue Trail I 1.5 mi
Linwood Road Connector I 0.6 mi
Overwood Road Trail I 0.2 mi
52nd Street South Connector E 0.4 mi
81st Street South Connector I 1.3 mi
2nd Avenue Bike Lane
14th Street Existing Bike
15th Street Connector F 0.6 mi
Halls Creek Greenway A 2.4 mi
Alabama Adventure Connector J 1.1 mi
Sloss Furnances Trail J 0.6 mi
West Brownville Park Trail A 0.1 mi
59th Street South Connector I 0.1 mi
Aviation Avenue Connector I 0.4 mi
Red Mountain Park Trail System A 9.8 mi
Green Springs Highway Trail E 1.0 mi
1st Avenue South Trail C 2.5 mi
18th Street Connector E 0.2 mi
Red Mountain Ridge Greenway B 0.1 mi
Roebuck Golf Course Connector E 1.9 mi
Powell Avenue Trail I 0.4 mi
Powell Avenue Rail Greenway C 0.8 mi
Altamont Park Trail I 0.8 mi
Woodcrest Road Trail I 0.3 mi
Red Mountain Cut Greenway A 0.4 mi
2nd Avenue South Trail D 1.4 mi