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This is a great little Nature Preserve. The trail shown here is a mild amble along the creek side and not what I consider a hike. Other trails not shown here include the Narrows Ridge trail (3.2mi.), the Thompson Trace trail (1.4mi.) and the Handby Hollow trail (0.9mi.). These three trails intersect at several points throughout so it’s easy to get some extra miles. I started at the entrance gate and hiked the Narrows trail, which is a loop, and then drove a very short distance to the Thompson trail head at the Recreation area. From there I hiked Thompson and connected with Hanby which made a loop back to the Thompson trail head. I got about 5 miles overall and thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s also another 0.3 mi paved trail (Highlands Trail) on the other side of the Preserve. The trails are well maintained with clearly marked intersections so it’s impossible to get confused. Go to the Turkey Creek website for hours of operation and to get a trail map ahead of time.

Great trail! Take Possum Loop to circle the quarry to see several great overlooks and to access the quarry itself.

Loved this trail. I stayed on the black creek trail and the trees and flowers were blooming. Very pretty and relaxing.

beautiful place. the falls are great!

Beautiful trail...tho short.

Gorgeous in the fall. Not too difficult for anyone able-bodied

I hiked this with my two boys (6 and 9) and we had a blast. The hike down to the falls was easy, back up it's steap but they ran up it most of the way. The falls were beautiful and we had a lot of fun hiking off trail around the area, mostly following the stream and skipping rocks.

hiking
18 days ago

Short and easy to follow. Not very scenic until you reach the falls and then it’s absolutely magnificent! After the spectacle keep hiking creek side for a bit to reach the lower falls.

Pretty easy trail, mostly flat with a couple of inclines. A good nice loop, but definitely lots of roots in the trail so watch your steps.

Great beginner trail. Can be crowded near the falls area due to Summer swimmers. Several of the best trails are not listed here which are more like a true hiking experience.

Great experience. Better in spring and early summer when the waterfall and streams are active. Top it off with a cold one at Vecchia’s.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail for kids. We took our time and probably took 45 min to make the loop. Kids loved climbing on all the rocks

This trail is gorgeous!! Pretty easy, since it's mostly flat. I hiked it on a foggy day so most of the views were hidden, but the rocks were still incredible to walk beside.

A wonderful park with well marked and maintained trails. Neat little attractions such as the Tree House and Grace’s Gap are scattered throughout and the views are amazing. There are many historical artifacts in the park and some signage denoting the history. If you become a member you can take a guided history tour where you’ll hear numerous interesting stories from a local historian. I haven’t done the zip line adventure but know many who have that thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is a great little nature preserve tucked in the middle of a bustling community. Excellent place for some good hiking. We’ve hiked all the trails and done some bird watching along the Power Line trail. Also a wonderful place to take the kids for a meandering stroll through the bluffs or along the creek. The trail markers aren’t always straight forward and the trails can be confusing as so many user created off-shoots are present, sometimes taking you in circles or leading you off to a different trail or an interesting view. You can’t really get “lost” in the preserve though as most of the trails are intertwined and there’s usually a person or a marker around the next bend. The park can get very busy on the weekends so if you’re looking for a solo or serenity hike I suggest taking the power line trail or going on a weekday morning. I have seen king snakes several times in the summer on the Power Line trail so use a leash on your dog and bring water and a hat as there is no shade. Wear ankle support if you plan to get on any of the other trails There is a beautiful waterfall near the end of the Orange trail which is best accessed from the parking lot on Preserve Way. Trail maps not available on-site so prepare in advance.

Beautiful . We took my daughter with her month old daughter and our 3 year old and had no problems.

Pretty cool little area. Nice trails along creek and ridge surrounding the creek. Hikers and walkers often bring dogs. Can someone confirm if the first picture is from Turkey Creek? I couldn't find a waterfall of that size or drop and it looks to be from the Sipsey actually...if so, that picture needs to be removed.

Easy walk in and out. Well worth the short trek.

Awesome overlooks

Hiked this trail this weekend with a group of Boy Scouts and siblings. Great hike for kids. It was easy but still a bit of climbing around the rocks for the kids.

First time hiking in oak mountain. The green trail has a bit of a bite to it. Definitely a moderate trail with various dips and rises across the mountain to the Peavine Fall. We connected to the white trail to the top of the falls. The climb down to the bottom of the fall is a bit tricky an can be slippery climbing out. Taking the green trail back became a little tasking so we took the orange (horse) trail back to the wild life center. It’s a pretty level hike back saved us about 30 minutes (just watch your step). Overall Peavine Falls did not disappoint and the green trail was a welcomed challenge.

Nice loop with some flat areas and some steep, rocky areas. 20-foot Peavine Falls is nice when it has enough water, which it frequently does not. The Green Trail keeps going east on the ridgeline and ends down near the park office, so do not miss the right turn on the green-white connector to stay on this loop. Also, there is a nice overlook from the ridgetop Green Trail. Probably the most scenic hike at Oak Mountain though definitely not the longest.

on Red Mountain Park

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. not only was the scenery gorgeous but the history with this park was interesting.

walking
1 month ago

Red Mountain Park is a good time and is perfect for a Sunday afternoon hike. Don't expect too much in the way of a challenge, and the red mud can be a pain to get out of your clothing. The view from Grace's Gap is decent and offers a fun stroll past some cool attractions.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful view

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Birmingham area. Certainly a fun date with a semi-difficult hike to the top (depending on your activity level) and a very rewarding view at the end. I certainly recommend taking your time at the top of King's Chair so be sure to factor that into your allotted hiking time. It is great for dogs and offers a stunning view of the Chelsea area. It is always breezy at the top of King's chair, so plan accordingly.

Busy, family fun day hike.

Absolutely gorgeous view!

Beautiful!

Length of the entire trail (there and back) is about three miles.

Nice trail that winds through a few different types of forest. Some parts have been heavily hit by pine beetles.

The trail widens out under a grove of hemlock. Very pretty with ample shade. The creek is clear with a sandy bottom. Good for wading.

The path leading down to the falls is hidden. Head to the right along the top of the cliff. It's just below the edge. Very narrow.

Once you're down there, you can walk under the falls themselves. My four girls really got a kick out of this one. :)

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