Ruffner Mountain Quarry Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Ruffner Mountain Quarry Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, AL that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 633 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running




wild flowers



An enjoyable hike to a quarry filled with fossils. I took this hike today with my children, Dakota age 12 and Meagan age 8. We took the Quarry Trail from the trail head and enjoyed the well-maintained trail and the educational information provided by the well-marked points-of-interest which are detailed in a free guide from the park office. We hiked until we entered the quarry. The quarry was active almost 100 years ago and it was fun to find fossils in the limestone floor and walls. After leaving the quarry, we hiked up to Hawk's View Overlook to see the Birmingham skyline. We then hiked back down to Gray Fox Gap where we took the Silent Journey trail, which leads back to the Quarry Trail. After rejoining the Quarry Trail, we followed it back to the trailhead. We really enjoyed our time together on the trails of Ruffner Mtn Nature Center. It is nice to get away from computers and television and spend quality time alone in the woods with your children. We are sure you will also enjoy this hike.

13 days ago

The perfect loop to do in 2 hours with a dog! We loved the view of Birmingham and the incredible quarry. Lots of friendly hikers were enjoying the beautiful fall Sunday, but the trail never seemed crowded.

3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the city! Ruffner is Birmingham's best kept secret! This trail offers great views and is a great walk!

4 months ago

5 months ago

Ruffner Mountain is one of the best kept secrets in Birmingham. The quarry trail is moderate in difficulty and the quarry is a good place to explore. A good way to kill a couple of hours enjoying the outdoors.

6 months ago

I love everything about Ruffner Mountain. The trails are in great condition, the treehouse is super cool for people of all ages to see the animals, and there is relatively no litter along the trails. I like the quarry trail because it's fairly solitary once you get into the quarry. There are a lot of rocks to climb up on and have lunch or read a book. It's really quiet and peaceful, plus it's really easy.

9 months ago

1 year ago

Pretty neat

1 year ago

Provides great view of Bham skyline.

1 year ago

It was a good hike. Not too difficult for this beginner.

2 years ago

3 years ago

one of several great little hikes in this park. very pretty views, especially in the fall. also several Geo caches here!

3 years ago

Fun little trail in Ruffner Park with great views once you break out on the ridge. Has the added fun of a scramble in the abandonned quarry at the end. Find your own limit of height and exposure! One of my favorite hikes in Alabama so far.

4 years ago

Awesome trail make sure to wear bug spray! It's a great place or a day hike especially in the fall to watch the leaves fall!