Moss Rock Preserve Trail

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Moss Rock Preserve Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

rock climbing

trail running







wild flowers





old growth

over grown


24 days ago

“And into the forest I go... to lose my mind and find my soul.”

1 month ago

Like the boulders and streams at MRP. Glad I had All Trails app though. Some parts aren’t marked well. Hiked part of this in rain. That was actually nice but rocks get slippery.

1 month ago

One of those hikes I would take my date on. Loved it!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

great trail. somewhat hard to stay on the right trail

6 months ago

We hiked part of the blue trail up along the falls and it was busy, but beautiful.

8 months ago

A lot of trees were down.

8 months ago

Dry waterfall and stream beds right now. Difficult to follow trails without this app. I wandered around on blue, red, and white trails.

9 months ago

Great hike! The online GPS tracking was a real timesaver and made our trip so much more enjoyable!

10 months ago

Just for the fact that it feels huge and wide open when in actualitu it is surrounded by subdivisions on all sides and isn't that big, I give it a big thumbs up. Great place to take the dogs, or kiddos for a day hike, or just to get away and read a book in peace. Also is littered with climbable rock faces, for skilled climbers looking for a quick climb and beginners looking for something simple to get some practice on. For sure plan on going back very soon!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

This place is very nice and an easy hike. Love the waterfalls and rocks.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Moss rock is a great trail for all ages. Keep going until you reach the falls!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great for both the casual and semi-serious trailers!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easy hike, cool waterfall, cool rocks to see and climb :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

great trail!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Had a blast climbing on the rocks! A little crowded but a great hike!

Monday, January 02, 2017

The excitement is everlasting and opportunities are virtually unlimited.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Fun place to hike with awesome rock formations! Big dog and little dog love the streams and rocks to climb on. Always pretty crowded so not as enjoyable as it could be.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The trails extend much further than what the recent posts will lead you to believe. In the far northeast section by where the highway is, there are some beautiful waterfalls. The trails have been very well taken care of by a local Boy Scout troop. The trails were easy to hike and there were plenty of huge rocks along the way to climb on if you like a challenge. I would recommend this place for hikers of all experience levels.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I love this trail system. Parts are really difficult, and parts are easy. If you loop the entire preserve, it's 5 miles. Unfortunately, the great bridge that crossed the creek near the Simmons Middle School trailhead has been washed away. But as dry as it has been lately, taking the Orange Trail is no problem and there are several places to cross over to the Blue Trail or other trails without getting wet. I've placed pictures of the waterfall which right now is not much more than your kitchen sink! It's still a beautiful area.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Love this place, but there has been more and more trash being left behind. I was take a trash bag and gather up trash from the trail. They have trash cans at the entrance and down by the creek.

rock climbing
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A beautiful place to boulder!

trail running
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Great! But as another guy below my review says, you WILL get lost easily here. Their trail color system is not clearly marked nor used frequently enough along the trail. My 3.2 jaunt turned into a 6.2 slog through the Alabama 'Outback'.
The first half I loved Got to see a very cool double waterfall and several deer along trail.
Would do again.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

had so much fun!!

trail running
Monday, June 20, 2016

Fun place to boulder. For trail running, expect to get lost your first time out. Moss Rock is a beautiful place and easily accessible. Some creek crossings are necessary to access a few of the trails.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Enjoyed my hike today at moss rock and hiked to a big waterfall

Friday, May 27, 2016

Awesome atmosphere and views of astonishing boulder formations

Monday, May 16, 2016

Beautiful view and easy hike. Lots of people and dogs so if you want to avoid that you have to get there pretty early.

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