Tuscaloosa, AL

Northport Levee & Oliver Lock

Oliver Dam Rd. Google Street View

This is a pleasant run on the north side of the Black Warrior River. A gravel-surfaced levee path, also known as the Northport Riverwalk, runs for 2.2 miles. The west end is at 30th Ave. near Kentuck Park. The east end is at 9th Ave. off Martin Luther King Blvd, about 1/2 mile past Rice Mine Rd. There are occasional water views, though much of the path is not right along the water.

Levee Path from 30th Ave. Google Street View

To make this a longer run, we recommend adding a jaunt down to the Oliver Lock and Dam. From the 30th Ave. trailhead, it’;s 0.8 miles each way, and there are some nice water views.

Note: One can combine this with the Riverwalk Path on the south bank, using the pedestrian path on the Hugh Thomas Bridge. However, it’s a major road, and access to the sidewalk requires awkward access points and an unpleasant highway tangle.

Essentials
  • 6.1 miles (10 km), including Oliver Lock and Dam
  • 98 feet (30m)
  • West End: 30th Ave. near Kentuck Park
  • Parking at 30th Ave. trailhead or Kentuck Park (where there are restrooms)

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Essentials
  • 6.1 miles (10 km), including Oliver Lock and Dam
  • 98 feet (30m)
  • West End: 30th Ave. near Kentuck Park
  • Parking at 30th Ave. trailhead or Kentuck Park (where there are restrooms)