52 Hikes: #4 Rust Bucket Trail, Cahaba River Park


Before the days of COVID-19 and #stayhomestaysafe, I was attempting to hike a new trail at least once per week. What follows are photos and a little info about my experience on the Rust Bucket Trail in Cahaba River Park.


Karl and I headed for this park, primarily, to do some geocaching. He loves to geocache, and I love to walk in the woods, so we are both most happy when we can find a nice trail with a geocache hidden every .10 of a mile.

The photos in this post are all of the Cahaba River. I wish I had taken more pictures as we walked along the trail.

To be honest, there weren’t any views and there weren’t very many picturesque areas. Lots of trees, mostly pines, and not many open areas. We did find the spot on the trail that gave it its name: at the top of a hill along the trail lies the remnants of an old car –> Rust Bucket Trail.

There was one intersection on this trail that provided some elevation change and a small stream to cross, but, other than that, there weren’t many interesting features.

When we finished the trail, we walked down to the picnic and parking area near the river. We walked along a trail that followed the river and explored a little bit before deciding we needed to head back to the car before dark.

It’s a very nice park. I really appreciate the city for creating more access points and trails along the river for us to enjoy. If you decide to go, understand that the trails in this park were designed with mountain biking in mind; it isn’t only a footpath. Some people bring their horses out, too.

We plan to return to walk some of the other trails (and find more geocaches).

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