The Dunnavant Valley Greenway trail was completed in 2009 and runs 1.8 miles along Yellow Leaf Creek. The trail is accessible from either the Soccer Blast fields adjacent to US-280 or a gravel parking area located on Hwy 41. If you park on Hwy 41, be aware the parking is limited and fills up quickly on a nice day. This is a fun hike on a Sunday afternoon for the entire family. There are no fees charged. If you aren’t parking a car at each end; keep in mind you will need to return along the same path.
Yellow Leaf Creek has water year round but is mainly feed from rainfall. The greatest rainfall occurs between January to June and during November and December. Average number of days with rainfall is 76.5 days; giving you a 20.8% chance of hiking in the rain. Beginning at the Hwy 41 parking lot, hikers descent a small hill into the valley where the trail follows along side Yellow Leaf Creek. There are two pedestrian foot bridges which are crossed near the beginning of the trail. As you walk through the pine and hardwood forest, it is easy to hear a variety of birds. The trail also passes a number of rapids and cascades. Sandy areas are found in a number of spots along the trail; to which some visitors choose to diverge from the trail and cool their feet in the stream. The trail ascends and descends a number of small hills, most of which are covered in large rocks.
The path is mostly dirt except for a few areas where the path turns to stone or is lined with large rocks. Luscious vegetation adores the trail for its entirety during the spring and summer months. With the foliage decreased during the fall and winter, hikers can see various rock formations and rock gardens adjacent to the path.
This trail is a most for anyone in the Birmingham / Chelsea area.