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It has some very beautiful overlooks.
The only complaint is the trail needs to be a little more well managed

The trail has several overlooks that make this hike worth the effort. We went to McDill overlook and saw the plane wreckage along the way. We did have a couple of places along the trail that was not marked that well. When the trail went from being easily identified to crossing rocks it was rather difficult to follow. If it was marked closer at a couple of places I would have given it 5 but it is a great hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike with only a few inclines. Easily connects to white and rec.

hiking
13 days ago

Peaceful. Only on elevation change. You can continue in white or yellow trails if you want to go farther.

Thanks for the Memories

North Trailhead straight up the Blue in all its steepness. Stupid hot and humid day but had great conversation with my buddy John as we took the Blue to the Orange and down the White. Accidentally took the White turn to the cabins at the bottom and added another half hour to the trip.

if you're familiar with the maps and trails that's great but a lot of places truly need blazing. very easy to switch to a different trail

however I absolutely love love love this preserve

I’ve hiked this trail with my boyfriend and just did the same route alone. Started at the North Trailhead meaning it was a serious uphill hike right from the start. Bypassed Eagles Nest overlook and stopped at Kings chair. I had limited time and King’s Chair is my favorite. Stayed on blue to Orange Bypass. Was looking for the marker where the bomber plane crashed but must have missed it. Returned on Red which is a bike trail. Dry season so the regular spots where there was running water was dry. Very few people on the trail. None after I left King’s Chair. It was a great hike.

Love this trail— takes about 2-3 hours (if taking your time) out and back. I go with my doggo, and we usually don’t see anyone until we get to the falls. Once you get to peavine falls it’s a little difficult to find them, but if you keep going on the “top of falls” path, you’ll get over a hill to the bottom of the falls. 10/10 would recommend.

great trail. very kid friendly.. even took my 8 month old (not in a stroller, on my hip)

Most poorly marked trails I have ever been on. Did not even know what trail I was on till i was well into the woods. Lots of trails that branch off and you have no idea which one to take. Had to eventually pull out my All Trails app so I could figure out how to get out.

3 months ago

good

Quick hike to get the kids out and into the woods. Followed it up with the Treetop loop so my 2 yr old could see the rehabbing owls, vultures and hawks. She loved it!

walking
3 months ago

For an Alabama trail, this one is very nice. Not hard at all, and offers some cool views of downtown Birmingham.
Worth the while to go up the steps to Vulcan Park and view the city/take photos from up there!

nature trips
3 months ago

Love this place oh so much! The location of the trail is in a neighborhood. It took a little time finding it the first time because of that. Once we got on the trail, we discovered plenty of beautiful sights! Then we got lost for a while. The trails are not marked clearly. Nevertheless, we came across a friendly hiker that lives in the neighborhood! He showed us the way out! Not only did we have a fantastic time hiking; we also enjoyed talking to the hiker! After the workout, there was a nice popsicle stand right outside of the trails. I went once more and will continue to visit because of the rawness of the nature in the up-and-coming community! I highly recommend going! Also my pregnant sister was able to carry a baby in her stomach, and another child strapped to her on the trip. Therefore, the hike is fairly easy. Enjoy!!!

Trail markings?? It’s a cool hike if you can actually find it, but it’s very poorly marked and extremely confusing to get around. Have fun!

I’ve never been on a more poorly marked, mis-marked, unmarked trail. Very frustrating completing the loop.

A favorite place to run in town. Can be muddy in spots under bridges after a heavy rain.

trail running
3 months ago

There is a western trailhead located just off of Greensprings Highway with parking, but it is a bit hard to find at first. It’s located just across from the Goodwill location and next to Hubbard. Entry is marked with a small Kiwanis sign by the road.

This parking area certainly makes the trail much more convenient to access from this side of town.

My wife set out to run it during lunchtime recently but found it a bit too isolated to feel comfortable running alone.

road biking
4 months ago

We rode our bikes on this trail. A good portion of it is paved and relatively level. Occasionally you would get a great view of the city but for the most part you're looking at kudzu. Eventually, the trail turns into from pavement to gravel and your in a more wooded environment. Nice little urban trail though.

This is a beautiful trail especially if you start it early in the morning. The trees provide full cover the entire time. After rain the waterfall is beautiful. Great spot at the bottom for some trail mix or jerky. Cross the creek and loop back to the start or back to the crossing into the main part of the park to loop the White or Blue trails. Always one of my favorite short easy family hikes or just a solo walk in the woods.

4 months ago

As urban walking trails go, it's one of the best. accessible to suburbs, great views of city, parking for visitors, its free...

trail running
4 months ago

Fantastic now that the trail has been completed. Can’t recommend it more highly.

Parked one car at the Peavine parking lot. Second car back to the North Trailhead. Up the Blue in the super muggy humid 93 degree joy known as Alabama Summer to Kings Chair. Great view but super sun exposed and hot at the top. Blue trail in the shade the entire way across the park. I like the traverse here on the Blue better than the White just due to the shade. Took the Blue/White connector down to the creek and finished the trail staying to the right at every fork. The last quarter mile was a brutal straight uphill assault but we survived. 7.8 miles of awesomeness hanging with my great friend Holice. Will definitely do this again soon.

A lot of fun. Hike down to the falls was pretty steep for my two 9 yr olds, but they were able to get down and up again safely.

Nice hike. Short. Parts poorly maintained, considering you pay to get in to the park. Parts may be difficult for smaller children.

hiking
4 months ago

Parked one car at the Peavine parking lot and second car at the North trailhead where we started the hike. Hit the trail at 745am. Overcast and cloudy so as we started into the woods it was very surreal. Felt like we were in the Misty Mountains in Lord Of The Rings. The first mile and a half was a beautiful slight ascent to the top of the mountain. Beautiful streams and cool rock formations along the way with a great view from the top of Indian Rock. At this point a pretty severe thunderstorm was hanging just north of us over Birmingham and the radar said we were fine but a soon as we hit the top of the ridge line it started raining on us. The temp dropped which was awesome and the rain started lightly as well. No complaints. But the storm shifted south and we spent the next 90 minutes under the deluge. The thunder was amazing. The trail was still very passable but we did walk thru quite a bit of water as we journeyed thru the storm. Top of the ridge was slightly overgrown but passable. Finally descended down to do the last mile up the creek also a little overgrown. Stopped at Peavine Falls for a minute and ascended to the parking lot. 3.5 hours and 6.9 miles total. Was an epic adventure and absolutely loved the first half thru the woods. Will consider the same trailhead and ascend the Blue trail to Kings Chair and then use the Orange connector to loop back to the White trail and descend it back thru the woods to the North trailhead starting point. Will definitely do this hike again.

Awesome hike down a steep incline. It feels like hiking in the ADXs. Clean cold waterfall at the bottom

Love it! Clean and clear with no traffic

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