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Lizard Loop via Buckeye Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length3.9 miElevation gain531 ftRoute typeLoop
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Due to COVID-19 the following changes have been made effective March 25, 2020 in an effort to reduce overcrowding of trails and parking areas : - Trail and Parking Hours - 8:00am - 6:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday. - Access to Trails is permitted for the following: Residents of the City of Birmingham, Members, and Employees of a Business Member All visitors must adhere to the following rules: 1.) Once the parking lot is full, the preserve is closed for additional visitors. 2.) Do not park on 81st Street or in a non-designated parking spot. 3.) No group congregations. 4.) No organized group activities. 5.) Social distancing is required at all times. 6.) Pack-out all trash and follow Leave No Trace Principles. 7.) If you have an emergency, call 911. If these changes and guidelines are not followed, the preserve will be forced to close all parking— trails will only be open to those within walking distance of Ruffner Mountain. The Ruffner Mountain Preserve does not receive any public funding, therefore donations for trail use and memberships are encouraged. Please consider donating to the preserve upon each use of the trails or signing up for a membership. Additional information is available on the preserve's website here: https://ruffnermountain.org/visit/#trailslink.

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Samuel Misko
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Emily White
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Great! As long as you follow the directions on this app and not the trail maps they have! Lizard loop is marked incorrectly!

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Caty Wilhelm
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Pretty flat other than the Buckeye Trail. Nice trail

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Laura Power
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Charity Hüter
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No view :( I’ll go again and try a different trail. I’ve been told if I continue up lizard loop there is a great view from there. It’s a fantastic gem in the city. The 3 stars in no way reflects Ruffner as a whole, just this particular trail was sort of a letdown when it came to a view.

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John Norris
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This is a combination of a number of trails at Ruffner, notably Buckeye, Pipeline, and Lizard Loop. Buckeye is solid moderate plus, as it is mostly a straight up the mountain. The other two are only sporadically used (compared to other Ruffner trails) and could use a little maintenance, but are basically pretty flat. However, due to some loose rocks, I wouldn’t advise the western part of the Pipeline trail for older hikers/walkers. Do not use tennis shoes on this portion...wear hiking shoes. The eastern half of the Pipeline trail gets very little traffic, and is a great place to see wild turkeys and other wildlife. Lizard Loop is a nice walk in the woods with some old growth trees forming something of a ‘cathedral’ at the curve in the lollipop.

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Renae Neves
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This was great place!!

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Cornell Owens
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FYI....this is not a easy trail if you're just a beginner hiker. The hike back to the top is a straight incline of over a mile with twists and turns.

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Cornell Owens
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moderate trail with a lot of twists. The incline back to the top of the trail will definitely test your legs

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Evan Wildinger
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Buckeye was great. Moderately Hard. Lizard Loop was fairly easy.

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Christy Carter
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Josh Matthews
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Wes Hollaway
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Jeremy Schrimsher
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Kristin Pierson
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Jeremy Schrimsher
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Michelle Myers
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Obi Wan Kenobi
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Mike C
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Elizabeth Bates
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Jesse Bunn
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Krysta Marino
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Curtis Carver
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ASHTON HAY
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