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Shades Creek Greenway, also known as the Lakeshore Trail, will one day stretch 6 miles through Homewood, a southern suburb of Birmingham. Currently, 2.6 miles are complete paralleling Lakeshore Drive and the wooded banks of Shades Creek. In the future, it will reach Jemison Park, a 54-acre natural oasis in the city. Along the way, the trail offers access to schools, shopping areas, neighborhoods and workplaces.
In addition to its practical uses, the trail is also simply beautiful. With its American Sycamore, Box Elder and other tree species, the riverside corridor provides a welcoming environment for wildlife. In 2018, the well-canopied route was designated as an Alabama Birding Trail.
Dedicated trail parking is available on the trail's western end at Columbiana Road.
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