The Flying Squirrel trail can best be described as a mountain bikers dream. With frequent changes in elevation, hump and banked curves; the trail is well designed to work up some speed and cruise through the Shelby county pine forest. The trail is less suited for hiking, but can still be an enjoyable short hike or run for those not interested in sweeping vista or flowing waterways. The trail begins and ends on River Road. I worked this hike in with the Rust Bucket trail, therefore my hike began deeper in the park near the back pavilion. Upon starting the trail, it splits with the Flying Squirrel taking a sharp left just a short ways into the growth. The trail take bikers and hikers up a short incline before turning back deeper into the forest. The path itself is rugged and rocky. There are few areas of dirt or sands along the way. Large parts are fully exposed to sun, so pack a hat, plenty of water and sunscreen for those summer treks. Along the way there are few sites to stop and view, so most of the hike was just walking. In the direction I hiked, you will end across River Road from the Rusty Bucket trail head and parking area.
Overall this is an okay hike. Mountain biking is a different story. You can definitely pick up some speed and enjoy the ride. The elevation change is minimal and trekable by just about anyone who does short, day hikes in the Alabama terrain.