The Under-The-Radar Scenic Drive In Alabama That Showcases A Historic Native American And Stagecoach Trail
By Lisa Battles|Published November 22, 2023
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Classic cars. Cupcakes. Native American history. A 19th-century stagecoach route. An incredible Filipino BBQ food truck. Yes, please.
These are some highlights along the Leeds Stagecoach Route, a scenic drive in Alabama that winds through the Little Cahaba River watershed east of Birmingham.
The route runs northeast to southwest along State Route 119 with designated endpoints at US 280 in Shelby County on the southern end and Leeds on the northern end, hence the name. However, by the mid-1800s, this byway became part of a longer stagecoach route used for mail between Ashville and Montevallo.
If you opt to continue south on the route to US 280, consider extending your stay and cruising a few miles northeast to Birmingham’s Perimeter Park area. There you can book a stay at the highly-rated Doubletree by Hilton. You’ll be in the heart of the Shops of the Colonnade retail area and within easy proximity to shopping at The Summit.
Have you traveled this scenic drive in Alabama or one of the state’s other six state-designated byways? Let us know your experiences and favorites.
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