Ruffner Mountain Quarry Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Ruffner Mountain Quarry Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 764 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

An enjoyable hike to a quarry filled with fossils. I took this hike today with my children, Dakota age 12 and Meagan age 8. We took the Quarry Trail from the trail head and enjoyed the well-maintained trail and the educational information provided by the well-marked points-of-interest which are detailed in a free guide from the park office. We hiked until we entered the quarry. The quarry was active almost 100 years ago and it was fun to find fossils in the limestone floor and walls. After leaving the quarry, we hiked up to Hawk's View Overlook to see the Birmingham skyline. We then hiked back down to Gray Fox Gap where we took the Silent Journey trail, which leads back to the Quarry Trail. After rejoining the Quarry Trail, we followed it back to the trailhead. We really enjoyed our time together on the trails of Ruffner Mtn Nature Center. It is nice to get away from computers and television and spend quality time alone in the woods with your children. We are sure you will also enjoy this hike.

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1 month ago

One of my new favorite hikes!

2 months ago

Awesome hiking

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2 months ago

Super crowded but a great hike with the kids!

2 months ago

awesome hiking experience.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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8 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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10 months ago

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.

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11 months ago

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.

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