Vestavia Hills Green Places
The Vestavia Hills Tree Commission wants you to know about some of the special "green" places in our city. The following are spotlighted:
If you know of other locations within Vestavia Hills that should be spotlighted, please let us know.
This mile-long trail near the soccer field at Vestavia Hills Elementary School-Central winds past two boulder-strewn waterfalls flanked by wooded slopes.
To get there from the Vestavia Hills City Hall, go south on Highway 31 and turn left onto Round Hill Road. Turn right onto Garland Drive. Turn right onto Shady Dell Lane, then right onto Willoughby Road. Turn right onto Merry Fox Lane. The entrance to the nature trail is at the end of Merry Fox Lane.
Many volunteers have contributed to the nature trail's success. Barney Wilborn, a former student at the school, initiated the project. The Vestavia Hills Board of Education, the PTA, the Rotary Club and Boy Scouts all helped to build the trail. In 1993 the Vestavia Hills Tree Commission identified and labelled 33 trees along the trail. Tree plantings and interpretive signs in the school yard near the trail provide further educational value, and were donated by the tree commission with the help of an Alabama Urban Forestry Association grant.
Activities including orienteering and birding classes are planned for the coming year at the nature trail. Keep watching this web site for more information.
The Highway 31 Enhancement Project includes tree plantings, sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly amenities that enable citizens to enjoy the plantings. Mayor Reynolds dedicated the project during the Arbor Day ceremony sponsored by the Vestavia Hills Tree Commission February 28, 1998.
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