It connects existing parks.

It provides access to the winding banks of Three Mile Creek.

It leads to downtown Mobile.

The ‘Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail’ is a 6.5-mile route that locals and tourists can access to exercise and view nature.

It boasts two new developments this month:

The City planted 6,500 tree seedlings to reforest 10 acres.

It was awarded ‘Trail of the Month’ for March by Sweet Trails Alabama.               

The City of Mobile received a donation of 6,500 Long-leaf Pine seedlings from Damon Wilkinson of Professional Forestry Services. His firm and the city’s Urban Forestry Department coordinated and planted them on 10 acres on the south side of Three Mile Creek. It is a part of the goal of returning the area to its natural state.

The trail, located mainly inside the city, provides walking, bicycling, and disabled access to Three Mile Creek while connecting parks, neighborhoods, and businesses via a greenway. The Greenway Trail begins at Japanese Gardens near Langan Park, winds through Midtown Mobile, the downtown loop, and the Crepe Myrtle Trail; and takes trail walkers alongside the west side of Mobile Bay.

David Rainer, outdoors writer for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said:

“Once upon a time, a beautiful creek ran through the middle of the city of Mobile. Unfortunately, that creek was neglected during urbanization and the important waterway became an eyesore, not to mention a source of water-quality degradation.

“Fortunately, the tide has turned, and the revitalization of the Three Mile Creek watershed has become a priority for a wide variety of citizens, environmental organizations, governmental organizations, the University of South Alabama and the City of Mobile.”

More information on the Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail is available at The site has an interactive map to find your closest access point to get onto the trail.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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