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April
4

Active Dog Month: The Best Places To Take Your Canine Friends

Looking for places to keep your dogs occupied? Here are the outdoor spots in and around Tuscaloosa you should visit.

Many homeowners have acquired dogs and cats during the time of the pandemic — both to keep the kids occupied and also, for adults, as companions to combat enforced loneliness and isolation. As first-time pet owners may be learning, these animals are not inanimate stuffed toys, but living creatures that have needs. Dogs often need vigorous walks to keep them mentally and physically fit. 

It just so happens that April is Active Dog Month. If you're not doing it already, what better time to begin a regular regimen of exercising and playing with your dog outdoors? The weather's grand and your canine will love it, no matter when or where. But to get you started, here are some venues near Tuscaloosa homes for sale where you can concentrate on your dog's — and your — fitness and fun.

Tuscaloosa Canine Fun Spots

  1. Annette M. Shelby Park Trail. 1614 15th St., Tuscaloosa
    Annette M. Shelby Park features a .7-mile paved loop, but that can be plenty for a small or older dog. It's open to trail bikers, runners, and walkers year-round. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. The park has a splash pad with nearby restrooms and water fountains. 

  2. Will May Dog Park (located within Sokol Park South), 5901 Watermelon Road, Northport. 
    If you or your dog has never experienced a dog park, you're in for a treat with Will May Dog Park. There are areas for small and large dogs, as well as a training yard. Water is available once spring arrives, but it's always a good idea to bring some. Dog waste must be removed. There's a limit of three dogs per person. No aggressive dogs, puppies under 4 months, or dogs in heat.
  3. Freeman Park. 3001 Dragons Lane, Tuscaloosa
    Freeman Park
    has a lot of amenities, including a swimming pool and shelter, but also a nice trail where you can walk your dog. 

  4. Sokol Park, 5901 Watermelon Road, Northport
    Sokol Park is a multi-purpose park, which includes Will May Dog Park. But for dogs that don't enjoy dog parks, there are trails, which are usually not crowded. Trails are of varying lengths and are not difficult.

  5. Hurricane Creek Park. 7005 Old Birmingham Hwy., Tuscaloosa
    The setting for Hurricane Creek Park is geologically special (it's where the Gulf coastal plain meets the Appalachian Paleozoic rock area ecosystem). Once a site where extensive mining occurred, it is now known for rare plants, scenic beauty, and some local history. You can hike on the Eagle Scout Trail but be aware there are some stream crossings, and your dog should be big enough to manage these. 

  6. The Riverwalk. 2710 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa
    The Riverwalk is a 4.5-mile walk that starts at Capitol Park and ends at the gazebo east of Manderson Landing. The paved two-way trail offers places to rest and rehydrate. There are even a few off-leash places on the trail.

  7. University of Alabama Arboretum. 4801 Arboretum Way, Tuscaloosa
    The 60-acre University of Alabama Arboretum is pet friendly. Devoted to Alabama's native flora and fauna, the arboretum is open daily during business hours, so bring your dog and take a walk in a beautiful setting. It's crucial to pay attention to the arboretum's pet policies so that it can stay pet friendly: keep dogs on leash; pick up after your dog; and don't allow your pet to dig in beds, disturb plants, or urinate on plants.

You'll enjoy living in a Tuscaloosa neighborhood near a park where you can exercise yourself and Fido. Ask our real estate agents about buying or selling a home in Tuscaloosa. Contact us today.

February
15

Tuscaloosa: Outdoor Spots to Keep You Active

It may be chilly outside, but don't let that scare you from staying active. Our real estate agents are excited about the opportunity to get outside and do some exploring in the Tuscaloosa area. We hope to see you out there at one of these great local parks or trails.

  • Tuscaloosa River Walk - 2710 Jack Warner Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Following the Black Warrior River's southern shoreline, the Tuscaloosa River Walk is one of the most popular spots in the city for a morning run or an evening stroll. A stone's throw from downtown and just minutes from these Tuscaloosa homes for sale, the River Walk is paved and well-lighted, stretching about 4.5 miles from Capitol Park to Manderson Landing. 

  • Van de Graaf Park & Arboretum - 3231 Robert Cardinal Airport Rd, Northport, AL 35476
    Spanning 141 acres in the community of Northport, Van de Graaf Park & Arboretum is an amazing place to surround yourself with nature. The park offers campsites, picnic areas, fishing access, and a kayak launch, all within a few miles of these Northport homes for sale. The park is also home to a picturesque walking path, which includes the historical span of the King Bowstring Bridge, originally built in 1882. 

  • Queen City National Recreation Trail - Queen City Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    A short but scenic footpath, the Queen City National Recreation Trail spans about one-third of a mile and is popular among joggers, nature lovers, and anyone looking for a breath of fresh air. Located within Queen City Park, the trail is surrounded by towering trees and offers a glimpse at several historic park features built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. The trail is just across the Jack Warner parkway from the Tuscaloosa River Walk Trail, and a planned pedestrian crossing will connect the two paths once completed.

  • Annette N. Shelby Park - 1614 15th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Annette N. Shelby Park is always a great place to go for a walk in Tuscaloosa. With towering shade trees, well-manicured lawns, and abundant park benches, it's a lovely outdoor oasis. The loop trail that encircles the park is paved and well-kept, making it perfect for a walk or run. The park also offers public restrooms, a playground, and picnic areas. 

  • Snow Hinton Park Trail - Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    A wide-open green space with great views of the city, Snow Hinton Park is a great place to get moving and soak up some vitamin D. The park's highlight and most-used feature is the Snow Hinton Park Trail, a mile-long loop that runs around the circumference of the park. The park's picnic area and jungle gym are popular among families, and it's a great place for dog walking. 

  • Hurricane Creek Park - 7005 Old Birmingham Hwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    A splendid natural recreation area just outside Tuscaloosa, Hurricane Creek Park is one of the best spots in the region to immerse yourself in nature. With abundant native plant life, unique geological features, and abundant swimming and fishing access along its namesake creek, Hurricane Creek Park provides endless possibilities. The park offers 5 miles of trails, the most popular of which is the 2-mile Hurricane Park Loop. The landscape has been virtually unchanged for thousands of years, and exploring it is like stepping back in time. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Tuscaloosa area, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in Alabama. We're here to help every step of the way!

December
21

Why You Should Move to Tuscaloosa in 2021

Tuscaloosa 2021

Tuscaloosa is a fast-growing city that's been drawing new residents from all over the United States. The vibrant real estate market means there are plenty of Tuscaloosa homes for sale for anyone who wants bright opportunities and a change of pace in "The City of Champions."

Our real estate agents are eager to tell you all about it.

Founded back in 1819, Tuscaloosa now has more than 90,000 residents. It serves as the hub of industry, commerce, and healthcare for West Alabama. Through the University of Alabama, it is also considered one of the region's higher education leaders and holds some of the state's top-ranked public schools.

Let's take a closer look at some of the features that make Tuscaloosa so attractive:

  1. A Robust and Diverse Economy
    As home to the University of Alabama, higher education is the bedrock of Tuscaloosa's economy – but it's extremely diverse. Manufacturing, retail, finance, IT, and construction all offer opportunities, with leading employers like Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, and Phifer Incorporated.

  2. Parks, Trails, and Outdoor Wonders
    Thanks to its position on the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa has always taken its green spaces seriously. You'll find more than a dozen community parks, from the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk to Capitol Park, home to the remains of the 1840s-era state capitol building.

  3. High-Energy Festivals and Events
    Tailgate parties are only the beginning of the fun in Tuscaloosa. You can also enjoy the Weindorf Festival, which honors German culture, the March Sakura Festival celebrated alongside Narashino, Japan, the Kentucky Festival of Arts, and the Moundville Native American Festival.

  4. Classic Tuscaloosa Barbecue
    Tuscaloosa has been rated as one of America's best barbecue cities, hosting a lavish assortment of restaurants, outdoor eateries, and food trucks. Family-friendly dining is a way of life here – with American comfort food, fresh seafood, Mediterranean, and German cuisine all represented.

  5. The University of Alabama
    A terrific place to start or continue a higher education, U of A is a flagship institution with much to offer. Established in 1820, it's the oldest and largest public university in the state and enrolls nearly 40,000 students. Its arboretum is open to the public, and its campus is rich with historic landmarks.

  6. The "Winningest" Sports
    U of A's football team, nicknamed "Crimson Tide," is one of the ten most successful college football teams in the United States. Head coach Nick Saban is also a well-known hometown hero and a local celebrity in his own right. Great sports venues mean you'll always have something to cheer for.

  7. Memorable Museums
    The Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa inspires young minds with remarkable interactive exhibits. You'll discover the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Paul W. Bryant Museum, and the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art, among many others.

Tuscaloosa combines all the amenities of a world city with the warmth and charm you expect from "Sweet Home Alabama." It truly has something for everyone, and an energetic community always prepared to welcome new neighbors. To find out more or get started, contact us at Hamner Real Estate.

November
2

National Take a Hike Day: Hiking Trails in Tuscaloosa

Hiking in Tuscaloosa

There are many reasons to love Tuscaloosa homes for sale, but this year, one stands out in particular: The county is dotted with beautiful parks and natural wonders you simply have to see to believe.

National Take a Hike Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 17th, and there are plenty of places in Tuscaloosa where you can do just that. Tuscaloosa boasts many large, well-kept parks in wooded and lakeside environments, many of them pet-friendly. Let's take a closer look at some of the area's most eye-catching hiking spots:

  1. Munny Sokol Park Trail – 5901 Watermelon Road, Northport, AL 35473
    Located on the grounds of Sokol Park, beloved for its dog runs is the Munny Sokol Park Trail. Ideal for trail-runners and bicyclists, it passes through most of Sokol Park and provides easy access to loops and side trails. It is just over 2.2 miles, with gorgeous scenery. The high season falls in May through September. Light traffic makes it a serene experience near Northport homes for sale.
  2. Tuscaloosa Riverwalk – 2710 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    The historic Tuscaloosa Riverwalk is a paved, 4.5-mile trail that winds along the southern bank of the Black Warrior River right in downtown Tuscaloosa. It is divided to allow both hikers and bicyclists to use it safely. On your journey, you'll encounter plenty of benches, gazebos, and trees perfect for a hammock. Street lights line the trail, ensuring it is well-lit in the early evening.
  3. Approach Trail and North Loop – 22550 2nd Ave Northwest, Falkville, AL 35622
    Hurricane Creek Park features 40 acres of forest rich with unique rock formations, waterfalls, and even a picnic pavilion. Although there are many trails to be found, the Approach Trail and North Loop will bring you on a scenic 3.5-mile journey hailed as the centerpiece of the park. Difficulty is moderate with some steep climbs, and leashed pets are welcome. A great spot to visit near Falkville homes for sale!
  4. Lake Nicol Outer Cliff Trail – See Website for Directions, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Lake Nicol is a popular wooded park right in Tuscaloosa, well known for its dramatic cliffs. The cliffs are numerous enough for several groups to gather, making them a popular locale for parties or family events. The peaks overlook the relatively small, human-made Lake Nicol. Several different trails are etched through the surroundings, offering mild elevation and taking about an hour to complete a circuit.
  5. Lake Lurleen State Park – 13226 Lake Lurleen Road, Coker, AL 3545
    For hiking near Coker homes for sale, Lake Lurleen State Park may be the crown jewel of Tuscaloosa County, and for a good reason. Trails circumnavigate the lake for a total of more than 23 miles to explore. Long routes are available, but hikers of all skill levels will find something to enjoy. Fall is the ideal season to visit, but Lake Lurleen welcomes visitors and their leashed canine companions all year round.
  6. Moss Rock Preserve – 617 Preserve Way, Hoover, AL 35226
    Looking for hiking around Hoover homes for sale? Showcasing 12 miles of trails that all connect to form a loop, Moss Rock Preserve is set on 349 pristine acres noted for the gentle gurgling of small streams and the many boulders hikers may climb (carefully!) for an unbeatable view. You can complete some trails in as little as two hours or stay all day to see the sights. 

Contact us at Hammer Real Estate to learn more about Tuscaloosa.

August
3

National Book Lovers Day - Outdoor Reading Spots Near Tuscaloosa

Parks in Tuscaloosa

Not all outdoor activities involve balls, bicycles, and sneakers. Our real estate agents find reading even more enjoyable out in the fresh air and sunshine. National Book Lovers Day is Sunday, August 9th, so grab a book and head out to one of these scenic reading spots around Tuscaloosa.

  1. Faucett Brothers Park - 13040 Eugenia Faucett Dr., Northport, AL 35473
    Faucett Brothers Park is a living memorial to the legacy of five men who made major contributions to the community around Northport homes for sale. In the early 1900s, the Faucett brothers operated thriving retail operations that boosted the area's agricultural and economic development. One of their descendants donated 80 acres of wooded land to the Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA), which officially opened Faucett Brothers Park in 2005. 
  2. Tuscaloosa Riverwalk - 2710 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Located alongside the southern bank of the Black Warrior River, pet-friendly Tuscaloosa Riverwalk is a scenic oasis in the city's downtown area. The 4.5-mile paved trail is lined with some benches, picnic tables, and gazebos where you can settle in with a good book. If you want a bite to eat, the Riverwalk provides easy access to restaurants and shops. The park is open 24/7, with plenty of street lamps keeping the trail well-lit.
  3. Hurricane Creek Park - 7005 Old Birmingham Hwy., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Readers of the Tuscaloosa News once named Hurricane Creek Park as one of the "Seven Wonders of Alabama." The 250-acre property known as the M-Bend, a reference to the adjacent section of Hurricane Creek, was established as an undeveloped, automobile-free preserve just minutes from Tuscaloosa homes for sale. Relax on one of the homemade benches or take a break to explore native plants and aquatic wildlife found in the park. Hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
  4. Van de Graaff Arboretum & Historic Bridge Park - 3231 Robert Cardinal Rd., Northport, AL 35476
    Unlike other carefully maintained green spaces run by PARA, Van de Graaff Arboretum & Historic Bridge Park is a rustic, semi-primitive "nature park." The main attraction is the 1882 King Bowstring Bridge, a section of Alabama's oldest iron bridge that once spanned the Black Warrior River and now crosses Mill Creek. Classic porch-style swings overlooking freshwater ponds offer a welcome serenity. Overnight camping is available, but day use is free of charge from 6 a.m. - dusk.
  5. Queen City Park - Jack Warner Pkwy. and Queen City Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    In the 1930s, Queen City Park was one of the public works projects brought to life under the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). In addition to facilities for tennis, baseball and swimming, workers constructed nature walks featuring stone paths and bridges. In 1992, the pool and pool house were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Stop in at the on-site Tuscaloosa Public Library and check out a book to read on one of the benches along the wooded hiking trail. Queen City Park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Real estate contracts and inspection reports aren't exactly reader-friendly, but we can walk you through them, so you don't miss a thing. For dedicated and experienced help buying or selling a home in Tuscaloosa, contact us at Hamner Real Estate. 

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