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Moss Rock Preserve Trail is a 3 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 341 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

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Rebecca Cheatham
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

definitely a challenge with a lot of roots and rocks and very easy to lose track of which trail you're on, but the waterfalls are gorgeous and I had fun despite wanting to die by the end

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Joel G.
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Hiking

I really liked the trail, but it’s poorly marked in places. You’ll see three trees marked in a 20 foot space (totally unnecessary), but then you’ll reach a fork and there’s no indication of which way is which. It’s easy enough to figure out if you’re running the map though. Could be a vastly improved experience with a little better marking.

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Dc Davis
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Jon Swam
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HikingRockyScramble

Good hike, sometimes hard to follow but pretty easy to get back if you follow along with this map. Some good sights.

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Bayley Sharp
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble
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Bayley Sharp
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HikingRocky

New favorite trail - very diverse terrain!

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Eric Biancalana
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HikingRocky

You’re never more than a couple hundred yards away from a populated road or building or neighborhood at Moss Rock, but the trails certainly make it feel like you are. Enter from the Preserve side where there’s a big parking lot and hike to the “back” along the stream and towards High Falls for the best trails, atmosphere and terrain.

Kelsie Slay
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HikingRocky
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Bayley Sharp
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HikingRocky

Great trail! Lots of different conditions - rocky, incline, decline, sunny, shade, water - great for testing new gear. And it’s free! Probably my new favorite trail in Birmingham!

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Keith Sharp
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Hiking

great in-city hike...good to do a quick safe, multi terrain test of equipment and set ups.

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Casey Smith
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Hiking

Great trail

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Hiker Chik
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful trail. Pretty well marked. Nice hike!

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Nova Biggs
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HikingBlowdownRockyScramble

Nice hike. My wearable device measured 3.43.

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John Fleischauer
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HikingMuddyOver grown

I was amazed by how fun and scenic this trail (which includes both the Blue and White trails) was, especially given its location pretty much right in the middle of Hoover. The backcountry it ain't (and the fact that you can hear the nearby highway pretty much the entire route will quickly disabuse you of any notion that it is), but nevertheless, at least in spots it was challenging enough (between elevation gain and some, though not excessive, overgrowth which may be attributable to being the off-season and recent storms) to make it enjoyable even for a more experience hiker. And, it has plenty of connector trails (official and otherwise) to make it flexible enough for a short afternoon on the trail or a half-day tour of the preserve. With that said, I will note two things to be aware of if visiting: 1. It was *really* crowded when I went. Granted, it was a gorgeous Saturday after a stormy week, and it did lighten up considerably further up the ridge from the creek. But, especially near the creek, there was a ton of traffic that largely consisted of families with young children. Not a big deal for me, but if you want to avoid crowds shoot for the higher elevations. 2. I was pretty disappointed in the quality of AllTrails' base map on this one. In some cases it's pretty clear that folks have just blazed their own trail over time, but there were a few connectors and spurs that seemed a little more official. And, while the trails are generally well-marked, it seems like they're *worst* marked at a few key spots where it's easy to go down a random trail that doesn't show up on the map. The nice thing about it being a more urban setting is it's not like you'll have any major problems doing this, but it is a bit annoying to realize when you get an off trail alert that you've just gone a quarter mile the wrong way. All in all, I did enjoy my time at MRP, and fully plan to go back (though perhaps take a day to do it midweek and avoid the crowds!).

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Lauren Korleski
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I LOVED this trail, that being said, it's closer to 4 miles than 3. and ridiculously hard to traverse without having a live map to guide you. You have to hop over to the blue trail from the white, or vice versa to make it a true loop, and this involves going off trail. otherwise the loop is much wider. but that's no reason to complain, this place is beautiful! leave early so you have more time to explore. I ran out of daylight but will be back again to see it all.

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