The water moves quietly past residences and a railroad track, but at times the flora obscures the surroundings and at these times the creek is at its best, with little creeks feeding into the larger creek.
The last portion of the paddle is through the historic mining town of Brookside, past bridges from the late 1800s that are no longer used. This area of Five Mile Creek is part of the Greenway Project that includes trails and parks along the path of the creek.
Historically, Five Mile Creek was one of the most polluted streams in the State. However, difficult economic times led to many of the polluters closing their doors and in the past few years, the creek has come back to life, supporting fishing and other activities. As a child, the rocks in the creek were covered with Creosote, today the stream flows clear.
This is a great alternative to paddling the Cahaba and its tributaries. Canoe rentals should be around $25 per day. Shuttle service is available through the outfitter located on the creek.