Hikes of Tuscaloosa: An Evening on the Riverwalk

By Caroline Vincent

People may think that Tuscaloosa is simply a college town where the only activity for Saturdays is going to football games.

As someone who is in town for the summer, I am here to prove that assumption wrong as I find adventures to go on throughout Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas.

I started off easy and decided to go on more of a stroll than a hike.

On a sunny evening, I could not think of a better place to go stretch my legs than Manderson Landing on the Black Warrior River.

The Black Warrior is a waterway that feeds the Tombigbee River and stretches 178 miles.

In Tuscaloosa, Manderson Landing Park can be found just steps from the University of Alabama campus, and is therefore a popular place for students to spend their free time.

It is also home to the University’s rowing team, where they can be seen practicing in the mornings and competing on the weekends.

Manderson Landing is home to the Alabama Rowing team. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

Manderson Landing is home to the Alabama Rowing team. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

With views that stretch down the river, ferries, tugboats and personal vessels can be seen on the water throughout the day.

In my short time there on this particular evening, I saw all three and also several people on paddleboards, an ideal activity for the fairly calm river.

A tugboat on the Black Warrior River. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

A tugboat on the Black Warrior River. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

There are several activities that take place on land as well.

As the sun was setting, there were families playing together, couples taking walks, and groups doing yoga.

The riverwalk is a runner's haven in Tuscaloosa. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

The riverwalk is a runner’s haven in Tuscaloosa. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

There were also many runners along the path, not an uncommon sight for the area. Most importantly, I saw a lot of dogs.

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The water is not the only beauty seen at the park.

Much of the path at Manderson Landing is shaded by full oak and pine trees that offer not only greenery, but also a significant temperature drop from the sunnier parts of the path.

 

Picnic spot Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

Picnic spot. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

The trees are also very popular among students for hammocking.

With plenty of trunks to spare and beautiful views of the river, young people can be found enjoying their days off relaxing along the path in their various colored ENOs.

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A view of campus from Manderson Landing. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

Visitors also take advantage of the banks of the river for multiple activities, such as fishing and picnics.

Fishing happening down by the river. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

Fishing happening down by the river. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

By the water and under trees, I don’t know if there is a better place to picnic in all of Tuscaloosa.

As just a portion of the Riverwalk, Manderson Landing really goes above and beyond with all it has to offer.

Some fishing happening on a paddle boat. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

Some fishing happening on a small boat on the Black Warrior River. Photo Credit: Caroline Vincent

From beautiful views to countless opportunities for activities, students and locals alike can find many ways to spend Saturdays along the Black Warrior River.

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