Five Mile Creek on the Alabama Birding Trail

Brookside walkng trail has been added to the Appalchian Highlands Birding Trail web site!

Greenway Park incorporates a truly remarkable mix of habitats in close proximity.   The hardwoods scattered through the more “park-like” portions of the park are good for Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Orchard Orioles, Black-and-white Warblers, and various flycatchers. There is a considerable amount of scrub and brush in the portions of the park that were formerly home sites. Those areas are full of Eastern Towhees, Carolina Wrens, and Field Sparrows, and are ideal spots to look for White-crowned Sparrows among the White-throated, Song, and Swamp Sparrows that appear in winter.


Jeh Jeh Pruit in Brookside!

Fivemile Creek Clean up Brookside_00013_140731Jeh Jeh Pruit with Good Day Alabama Fox 6 News  interviewed the Mayor and Scott Hofer from JCDH at the Five Mile Creek Canoe Company between 6:30- 9 :00 am July 31st to kick off the tire clean up. Another reason to get up early and visit beautiful Brookside! See Good Day Alabama at

Creek Clean Up July 31 and August 1 2014

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Zacs CrewJust stopped by to help Public is invited to help us pull tires from Five Mile Creek in BrooksideBrookside Clean Up Flyer 2014

Over 1300 tires have been counted in the stream bed near Brookside. Help us pull out these tires for a smoother canoe ride down the creek!

Sponsors: Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership with Jefferson County Department of Health, Alabama Power Service Organization, Freshwater Land Trust, Liberty Tires and Buds Best.

Brookside Tire Removal July 31 and August 1 (Thursday and Friday) 2014


8:00 am Registration at Five Mile Creek Canoe Company 325 Cardiff Road, Brookside, 35036

Bridgestone Tires OneTeamOnePlanet will pick up all of the tires we extract and recycle them free of charge.

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Brookside and Highway Development: North Jefferson News Article

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By Robert Carter, North Jefferson News


Roger McCondichie has seen the future, and it has a number: 422.

The mayor of the town of Brookside says that the state has told him that the new Interstate 422 — better known now as the proposed Northern Beltline highway — will include an exit for the town. It’s a better proposition than what they originally faced with the highway, which was a separate leg from 422 to the new Interstate 22 — Corridor X, which will connect with I-65 near Fultondale in 2014.

“That was going to cut us into three pieces,” McCondichie said. “I’ve been complaining about it since they came out with it — it would totally destroy us.”Plans have changed, though nothing is on paper just yet. “I don’t have it in writing, but I’ve been promised an exit,” McCondichie said. “We’re talking 20 years from now, but it would be real positive for us.”

Brookside already stands to benefit from I-22, which has two exits in place near the town. “We’ve already annexed property up to I-22 over by Cherry Avenue,” McCondichie said.

That annexation brought a convenience store into the town, which provides much-needed sales tax revenue — the lifeblood of every Alabama municipality. It’s part of an effort to bring more retail businesses into Brookside. McCondichie would love to have something like the new Dollar General store which just opened on Fieldstown Road in Gardendale.

“I’ve offered them some land here, which we would basically give to them with certain requirements, but they haven’t taken us up,” McCondichie said.

For now, McCondichie rides with the ups and downs of Brookside, which is now trying to take advantage of Five Mile Creek — a stream which provides great natural beauty, but which destroyed much of the original central area of the town in massive flooding in 2003.

Brookside opened a new campground next to its already-popular canoeing company at the city park. Word is slowly getting out about the 21-space facility, nestled in a bend in the creek.

The town lost a handful of residents over the last decade, according the 2010 U.S. Census. Its population has remained just above 1,300 for about 30 years.

Brookside Historian in North Jefferson News

BY Robert Carter, North Jefferson News
August 9, 2012
Staci Glover may be one of the best known figures in Brookside, even though she doesn’t live there anymore.

The Gardendale resident is the de facto town historian, thanks to her work over nearly two decades in documenting Brookside’s ups and downs in the past 140 years or so.

“I got started when I did my master’s thesis back at UAB, doing a project about the history of the Slovak population in 1997,” she said. “And I’ve kept doing more work [on Brookside’s history] ever since.”

Then Staci Simon, her thesis began a relationship with the town that continues today.

Brookside began its life as a coal-mining community in the 1880s. Sloss Industries operated the mines, and recruited miners from as far away as Eastern Europe. “Back then, Brookside was a booming town,”

Glover said. “People from the area that became Gardendale would actually go to Brookside to shop. Now it’s the other way around.”

The mining boom attracted large numbers of Slovak immigrants, which led to the town’s history of Russian Orthodox worshippers. Brookside is still famous for St. Nicolas Church, which was originally built in 1916, and celebrates its heritage with an annual festival.

Coal mining in the town ended with a statewide strike in 1920. The strike was settled, but Sloss shuttered the mine. Strip mining returned to Brookside in the 1960s and 70s, Glover said.

Glover and her family grew up in Brookside. She now lives in Gardendale with her husband and children, but through her historical work she has kept close ties to her former home.

“The thing that has impressed me about the town is how resilient it is,” Glover said. “It has been through large fires, a devastating flood in the 1940s, and then again the flood in 2003. That flood took out much of the old downtown area. And yet it’s still going.”

Five Mile Creek a major part of Income: Brookside in the North Jefferson News!

Read about Five Mile Creek in Brookside

August 8, 2012

By Robert Carter, North Jefferson News

The town of Brookside continues its slow recovery after the devastating floods of 2003, and now is doing its best to take advantage of Five Mile Creek — the body of water that swept away a large portion of the older part of the town center.

The town opened a new campground in the past year, with 21 campsites. All have full hookups for water, sewer and electricity; seven sites have 50-amp service to handle the largest motor homes.

The campground is located in a tree-filled grove next to the city’s ball parks, near the creek’s Horseshoe Bend. It even features an old-fashioned “swimmin’ hole,” complete with a rope dangling from a tree for swinging out into the water.

A recent weekday afternoon found the campground about one-third full, with everything from full-size motor homes to a tent camper with a hammock strung between two trees.

“We had a family from Gardendale stay here for weeks this summer,” said Mayor Roger McCondichie, who oversees the campground.

The campground features new showers, installed in the building which served as the concession stand and press box for the three ball fields in the city park.

The facility is next to Brookside’s municipally-owned canoe expedition outfit, Five Mile Creek Canoe Company, which McCondichie also manages. On pretty much any day in the summer, you’ll find him out of his mayor’s office at the new city hall, and instead down at the creek to put in another canoeing party.

The town continues to be serviced by its new post office branch, which opened a couple of years ago in a building next to city hall.