Overlook Trail via Quarry Trail

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Overlook Trail via Quarry Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 383 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Please consider donating to the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. The preserve does not receive any public funding. Free trail maps and point-of-interest guides are available in the park gift shop, as well as some live animals native to the area such as snakes, lizards, turtles and even a flying squirrel. There are also several native animals housed outside the gift shop such as owls, hawks and possums.

Overall a great trail. Trail markers are a bit faded and the loop around the quary seemed a little unused making me think that it may be a closed trail, however there was no fallen tree on the trail, so I assumed it was still open. Take caution when doing the quary loop. Extremely narrow and smooth rocks paired with a 50ft drop may be risky on a wet day.

Nice up and down hills in mostly tree shaded hike. Enjoyed the trail.

2 months ago

Favorite trail in Birmingham. Worth it every time.

3 months ago

The best urban nature preserve in the world!!

4 months ago

Great trail even for a cold, windy 35 degree weather day mid January. Went to Cambrian Overlook and the other Overlook past that. Brought hot coffee and a PB&J and sat at the top overlook to have a snack. Wonderful time!

10 months ago

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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Great Hike, lots of trail options to go as long and as far as you want. Hiking with group of Boy Scouts and Siblings, the trail was good for all ages.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Walked this trail with my 16 year old son...the quarry was a nice reward. The trail is not too difficult but there are plenty of ways to go off trail and make it harder. Very clean, free from trash.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Ruffner Mtn. Has a lot of great trails, and it is hard to believe you are in the middle of a 1.1 million person metro area when you are on them. The quarry trail isn't difficult, but there are a lot of nooks and crannies to explore once there (the quarry). Be forewarned: you will wondered why every post-apocalyptic movie isn't shot in BHAM while on the quarry floor.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This is a sweet trail. Be careful on the back side of the quarry if you go that way.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

If you truly want to spend the day immersed in nature and feel like your alone amongst the trees Ruffner is the place to go!

Friday, July 21, 2017

pretty okay hike, better views when it's all green

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great trail

Monday, March 27, 2017

Great trail for a day hike. Easy and enjoyable. Would go again. Still a lot left to explore on the trail. Safe and not super busy.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

One of my new favorite hikes!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Awesome hiking

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Super crowded but a great hike with the kids!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

awesome hiking experience.

Monday, November 14, 2016

First hike, it was a very physical one. Beautiful views from the overlook. Seemed all up hill both ways lol.

Monday, October 31, 2016

There's nothing quite like a true nature hike in the middle of a city. The sunset from the quarry is incredible.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The perfect loop to do in 2 hours with a dog! We loved the view of Birmingham and the incredible quarry. Lots of friendly hikers were enjoying the beautiful fall Sunday, but the trail never seemed crowded.

Monday, July 04, 2016

This is one of my favorite hikes in the city! Ruffner is Birmingham's best kept secret! This trail offers great views and is a great walk!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ruffner Mountain is one of the best kept secrets in Birmingham. The quarry trail is moderate in difficulty and the quarry is a good place to explore. A good way to kill a couple of hours enjoying the outdoors.

Monday, April 11, 2016

I love everything about Ruffner Mountain. The trails are in great condition, the treehouse is super cool for people of all ages to see the animals, and there is relatively no litter along the trails. I like the quarry trail because it's fairly solitary once you get into the quarry. There are a lot of rocks to climb up on and have lunch or read a book. It's really quiet and peaceful, plus it's really easy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pretty neat

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Provides great view of Bham skyline.

Friday, May 29, 2015

It was a good hike. Not too difficult for this beginner.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

one of several great little hikes in this park. very pretty views, especially in the fall. also several Geo caches here!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fun little trail in Ruffner Park with great views once you break out on the ridge. Has the added fun of a scramble in the abandonned quarry at the end. Find your own limit of height and exposure! One of my favorite hikes in Alabama so far.

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