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Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: Databook, Tips, and Resources

 

We all have big shoes to fill. The crosswalk commemorating the Selma to Montgomery March taken 50 years ago. Pun by and photo taken by Dave “SuperDave” Mullins.
We all have big shoes to fill. The crosswalk commemorating the Selma to Montgomery March taken 50 years ago. Pun by and photo taken by Dave “SuperDave” Mullins.

I have a lot of emotions and thoughts related to the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail hike/march I just completed. It’s taking a while to type them all out—the experience was very powerful and I need some time to digest all the things I’ve seen and learned. In the meantime, for those of you, like my friend Sym, who intend to hike the Selma to Montgomery Trail, I am including below a databook for the trail. Like other longer urban hikes, here are some tips that apply to the S2M route. Transportation: There is public transportation bus run by West Alabama Transit available that will pick people up anywhere between Montgomery and Selma for $20 (regardless of how close or far to Selma or Montgomery your pick up may be). It runs on a schedule and requires calling ahead and making advanced arrangements with the driver. The number to call is 334-289-5789. If you tell them what you are trying to do, they will direct you to someone who can help. My hiking partner said the service doesn’t have a website and the number was hard to find. Camping/Hotels: For sleeping arrangements, there are no hotels or motels that I remember seeing between Selma and Montgomery with the exception of one or two that you pass a few miles from the start and a few miles from the finish. There may be a chance that the Interpretive Centers or churches along the way will allow camping. We utilized the bus system to return to our car after Day 1. The NPS may let you camp at the historic campsites as well if you give them a call. The databook below does not include the mileage from the Brown Chapel (the Real Mile 0.0) to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The reason is that there are several ways that you can march depending on whether you want to recreate the March 7, 1965 Bloody Sunday route, the March 9 Turn Around Tuesday route, or the March 21 Voting Rights March route. The map for that section of the route–really, the map that explains all the details, is available from the National Park Service Interpretive Site in Selma or Lowndes County or here.

 Databook for Selma Montgomery

Mile Mark Landmark and Notes Notes
0 Edmund Pettus Bridge
0.4 Curb market Food, Restroom, Water
0.7 Citgo conveneince store (R) Food, Restroom, Water
2.3 Two diners (R) Food, Restroom, Water
2.4 Dollar General  (Right) Food, water
3.1 Subway (L) Food, Restroom, Water
4.7 Bar and Grill (Right) Food, Restroom, Water
5 Chevron and Marathon conveineice stores Food, Restroom, Water
6.9 Marker for Historic Camp #1 (Right)
11.1 Post Office (Right)
11.2 Electric servicing shed where one can pee (L) Restroom (kind of)
14.7 Approximate County Line
15.6 Highway 40 intersection
16.9 Jct with Highway 9
17 Citgo conveneince store (L) Food, Restroom, Water
(maybe 19) Some construction along a new bridge. There will be an unlocked port-o-potty available. After crossing the bridge, there is an unused road that can be walked traffic free for a small period of time Restroom (kind of)
19.7 Historically Significant Mt. Gillard Church
21 National Park Service Lowndres County Interpretative Center (Left side, restrooms, no snacks) Restroom, water
Approximately 22 Historic Marker for Camp #2 (Left Side)
25.9 Viola Luizzo Memorial (Right side)
27.9 Junction for 97
28 BP convenience store Food, Restroom, Water
Approximately 29.5 Some construction along a new bridge. There will be an unlocked port-o-potty available. After crossing the bridge, there is an unused road that can be walked traffic free for a small period of time Restroom (kind of)
32.4 Historic Marker for Camp #3 (Right side)
33.8 Marathon Station (Right side) Food, Restroom, Water
34.5 Store (Right side) Food, Restroom, Water
35.6 Enter Montgomery County
36.8 Two churches
39.9 Montgomery City Limits
41.3 Citgo convenience store (Right side) Food, Restroom, Water
41.7 Chevron convenience store (Right side) Food, Restroom, Water
43.8 Exit to Highway 31 (note: you can continue to walk against traffic, go over a bridge, and then walk against traffic using the Westbound onramp to Hwy 80. This is probably safer than trying to cross Hwy 80 to get off at the Eastbound onramp like car traffic is required to do)
43.8 Narrow bridge
45.3 Dairy Queen and Raceway convenience store, Peddler’s Inn Food, Restroom, Water
46.5 Family Dollar (L) and Dominos (Right) Food, Restroom, Water
46.7 Library (L) Restroom, water
47 Road makes a big bend, stay on Hwy 31/Fairview
47.2 Petro Station Food, Restroom, Water
47.4 Historic Campsite #4: St Jude Educational Institute. Make a left turn on Oak after the Institute
47.8 Family Dollar and Calhoun Food supermarket (Right) Food, Restroom, Water
48.7 Make a Right on Jefferson Davis after the school
48 Holt
49.2 Right on Day Street
49.3 Left on Mobile street
49.7 Five points traffic circle. Turn on Montgomery Street (it should be the second street as you walk counter clockwise)
50 Fountain at a roundabout. From here you should be able to see the Capitol
51 Historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
51.2 Montgomery Capitol Steps

Check back for some staggering work of profundity that will be my reflections on the S2M.