Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail

One of the neat places you may not know about is the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail.
Information kiosk at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama Campus in Mobile, AL
Information kiosk at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, AL

One of the neat places you may not know about is the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail. It’s located on Aubrey Green Drive on the campus of the University of South Alabama. It’s made up of five different trails from one to five miles in length, winding through 95 acres of woods near the headwaters of Three Mile Creek in Mobile, AL.

The area is very popular with runners since the trails are wide, and clear and the ground is soft. This small preserve not only provides a nice place for a little solitude, it helps improve the water quality of Three Mile Creek. When combined with the nearby municipal park, local wildlife has a habitat of more than 800 acres. It all adds up to a pretty nice wild space and something to be proud of.

Box turtle at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, AL
Box turtle at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, AL

Dr. Glenn Sebastian was one of the most popular professors ever to teach at the University of South Alabama. He served as a Park Ranger and Naturalist on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia before becoming the university’s first Geography teacher. Dr. Sebastian is best remembered for the way he inspired generations of students over more than 40 years of teaching.

He was known for his field trips, inside the US and overseas. But, he was famous for the way he appreciated his own backyard. He would take his classes onto the footpaths in the woods behind the school and point out the wonders of nature right outside their door. Today those footpaths are named in his honor – The Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail, 95 acres of wild space in the heart of Mobile, AL.