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hiking
1 day ago

We did this in Reverse today, Going red first gave us a chance to get warmed up before tackling the hills. Great trails, well marked and the view at the Chair was wonderful. Cant wait to see it again when the leaves start changing and the streams fill up.

There is Overflow parking just past North Trailhead parking.

Caney Creek is a great hike. Easy and always refreshing. Please always practice LNT Leave No Trace. Have fun hiking.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice hike, good views of downtown Bham

hiking
11 days ago

Mostly just old mining roads.

There are some incredibly interesting things in the park. Old mines, confidence courses, tree houses with swinging bridges.
The cutoff trails are really nice but the main “trails” are lots of gravel road walking.

hiking
11 days ago

Very nice park.
HORRIBLE HOURS 9:00-5:30
Park is well kept and can get busy, but worth the trip.
Red trail is my favorite but the falls are a must see.

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

23 days ago

easy/fun hike the waterfall has a pool that was about 3ft when we went but I've heard from some people that it gets up to 10ft when heavy rainfall happens. Cant wait to go back!

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.

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.

1 month ago

As heavily trafficked as this trail is I was surprised by the overgrowth. The signage is nonexistent. Made a wrong choice at a no sign split and entered into the path of the secret garden. The over hanging kudzu made for beautiful doorways to enter into the unknown, but climbing through them was a bit difficult. We finally got ourselves turned around and made it to the top. We didn’t mind the adventure but for a non local , signs would be helpful.

Being from Birmingham makes this hike even better. I can still enjoy nature while also being close to home! The trail is filled with flowers and unique creatures! The quarry view is gorgeous but my favorite view is the one of downtown. Super cool.

Busy Trail, easy accessible from the free parking (behind the washrooms) at Point Park Loop or if you are extremely lucky you can park right above Sunset Rock. The trails is not marked from Point Park but if you follow the signs to the Museum you will find steep metal stairs down to the Bluff Trail, turn left for a nice easy hike to Sunset Rock. Once there your choices are return the way you came or as we did walk up the road and check out the well to do residents who live atop this historic landmark.

The Bluff Trail for the most part is well maintained, I’m guessing that's because of the high amount of visitors that walk this route that it is just foot bare. On other hikes around Lookout mountains we have come across neglected and dangerous trail conditions.
Trail signage could be improved A LOT.
DANGER! ZERO TRAIL MAINTENANCE on Mountain Beautiful Trail!
At this time 08/17/18 we strongly suggest you avoid Mountain Beautiful Trail, this hazard filled trail presented us with grown over trails with waist high ground cover, (much of it "leaves of three") making each of our steps hazardous and onto unseen thus unknown ground. There were multiple downed trees and choking vines forcing bent over tight squeezes or clambers over sizable downed trees, staying ever aware of the potential for snakes below the downed trees.
We can confidently state that the Mountain Beautiful Trail was the WORST maintained National Parks trail we have EVER experienced.
By the time we finished our legs were red and itching, we were covered in spiders webs and brushing off spiders (freaking Maxine out) and we were just so pissed off at the trails condition that we seriously contemplated walking up the busy Scenic Highway to return to our car parked at Cravens House.
Luckily the Hardy (hike/bike)Trail paralleled the road, this unimpressive trail follows the Hydro Pylons, but we were truly thankful that it was wide and clear.
I have written a letter to the Park Superintendent, I trust he/she would want to take immediate action and clear the dangerous hazards on Mountain Beautiful Trail, but who knows???
Just be warned!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail, with a nice swinging bridge to check out right before the overlook.

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!

Some easy and flat trails, and some that are more of a “hike”. Good variety for running,walking or hiking. Very shady too!

I hiked in to the falls on July 29. The first mile or so is a logging road. Then you have a sandy trek through the woods. The last bit down to the water is quite steep. The falls are lovely and there is a nice swimming hole. The parking area is quite small.

Great trail with fantastic views! Tons of places to get some outdoor climbs in too if that’s your thing. Saw a ton of people top roping, definitely bringing my gear back next time!
Otherwise was a great hike, we brought lunch and picnicked at the top.

nature trips
2 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!

Beautiful view, highly recommend! There are multiple ways to hike to King's Chair. Great trails across this entire park with lots of connectors. Not difficult to hike, well maintained.

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

Love the waterfall! There’s a place to swim and you can go behind the water fall! You can also jump off the top of the waterfall into the water below. There’s plenty of places to sit and relax. Only thing I can say is it’s rough to get down there....especially if you have small children. You have to be extremely careful going down and up. Can’t wait to go back when my kids are a bit older!

Early morning is best for numbers of people. Always love this place and the hike to get there! Minimal ticks for us this trip. My 2 huskies love the trail!

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

Great, but be warned that there are some rocky bits so wear appropriate footwear. If you just want to see Sunset Rock and don’t want to hike there is a parking area off West Brow road with a short easy walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Not too hard of a trail, there is climbing involved, so may be difficult for children. Beautiful views at the top! You can see the whole city.

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.

Best view I’ve found in the area!! Worth it. Definitely steep and uphill.

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.

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