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Moss Rock Preserve: Orange Trail

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Moss Rock Preserve

Moss Rock Preserve: Orange Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 462 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Cave

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Muddy

Rocky

Off trail

Description
Waypoints (1)

The Orange Trail lies on other city owned land just outside Moss Rock’s east perimeter. From Simmons Middle parking, OT leaves WT (heading east) and its loop features Rock House Boulders, Natural Bridge, High Falls and eventually Top of the World—an incredible scenic view. Terrain is moderately challenging with high steps, steeper grades and one crossing of Chapel Rd. OT runs out-and-back, with only two connections to Power Line Trail.

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Reviews (74)
Photos (109)
Recordings (81)
Completed (163)
Elizabeth Miller
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HikingRocky

Great trail conditions. Perfect for dogs as they can stop and cool off in the river.

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Tiffany Cullens
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Hiking

Great time! The rocks were really fun for my children 5 and 8. However the trails are unmarked. It’s easy to get lost. Also, it was extremely packed with people at the waterfalls.

Latorria N.
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Hiking

Some areas aren’t properly marked but was able to figure it out.

Craig Cook
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Hiking

Well marked with several small water falls. Accomplished in the rain and was slick in places.

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John Rodgers
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HikingOver grownRocky

Nice trails. Had printed map so able to stay on trails.

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Emily Dean
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I could see where the trails could be a little difficult to navigate, but thankfully, the orange trail looked as if it had been re-marked fairly recently. We hiked to the falls and back. We wanted to do more, but it started raining. It was a two-ish hour drive for us, so I don't know that we'd go back just to hike, but would definitely hike it again if we were going to be in the area. I was very sad to see all the graffiti on the rocks and caves. people just love to ruin nature.

mike daffinson
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Hiking

Beautiful place to run . The markers were a little difficult to read .

Rachel Burk
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Hiking

Great trail but don’t rely on markers to navigate. It’s easy to accidentally go off the path. Fortunately finding a road is easy if you get too turned around

Lexi Coon
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Hiking

We love this trail, especially for our dogs! It’s shaded and if you go in the spring, not too overgrown. Right after a rain the creek flows nicely and there’s a few different options to let the dogs swim. The trail follows the creek almost completely which makes for a really beautiful hike. For the most part, the trail is easy to follow, but there’s a lot of day use trails that can get you off track. Bug spray is also suggested.

Paulette Clements
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Hiking

Parked at Simmons school Trailhead. Followed oranges blazes to High Falls and then to where the trail came out on Chapel Rd Was marked well. Beautiful!

Scott Smith
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Hiking

Simmons parking lot up the Orange. Crossed the Creek to the White. Up the boulder field then back down the blue. Took the Orange to the falls and then back to the car. Good time with Jamie and Camo.

Don Coker
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Thanks to whomever re-painted the Orange Trail markers!

Sherry Nicholson
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Hiking

Lots of fun. The boulders were incredible and the falls and creeks were an added bonus. We hiked all together 3.4 miles. I will bring grandbabies to this one!

Megan Cochran
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We had some issues finding the orange trail and the signs are absolutely not helpful. The first half of the loop was aight, but the boulders were spectacular, and after we crossed the Natural Bridge we began to really enjoy the hike. The top of the world was a lot of fun to climb around and explore, and the hike back was lovely.

John Norris
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Hiking
First to Review

If you take the orange trail all the way up to the 'top of the world,' you will have had a pretty good workout... the flat part of the trail up to the falls is great for dogs and kids However, the pleasant stroll turns into a hike at this point. Be forewarned...there are a lot of exposed roots and stumps on this trail, and plenty not so exposed. Unless you have an extremely high step, you will trip up at least once (and likely many more). As such, this is for hiking and walking only! You will bust your butt if you decide to run or jog this trail.

Sarah Baumgarten
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Noelle Nash
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Abby Deason
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Heidi Burkart
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Lisa Nicholsa
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Wayne Hoggle
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Noelle Nash
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Lisa Nicholsa
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Noelle Nash
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Christa Evans
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Jeff Gregg
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Teresa Minor
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Courtney Carruba
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Wesley Moss
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