Ruffner Mountain Nature Park Loop Hike

MODERATE 33 reviews

Ruffner Mountain Nature Park Loop Hike is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
951 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Start this hike by following the 5-Mile Trail. At Gray Fox Gap, take the Hawk's View Overlook trail to where you are offered a beautiful overlook of the skyline of Birmingham and views down into the old quarry. From Hawk's View, hike up to Sloss Peak, then follow the Hawk's View Trail back down to 5-Mile Trail, where you will continue to follow it's loop back to Gray Fox Gap and take the Ridge & Valley Trail (the park's most demanding trail). Follow the Ridge & Valley Trail back to where it rejoins the 5-Mile Trail at Miner's Junction. From Miner's Junction you can take the Hollow Tree Trail which eventually leads back to the main trailhead. This hike is one of my favorites. There are several more smaller trails that could be worked into a loop hike. The views are amazing and the history of this location is very educational. There are many old mine ruins that can be explored during your hike. There are over 11 miles of trails in the 1,000 acre park.

5 days ago

Staff was super awesome :)

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trails and staff !!

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3 months ago

Took Ridge & Valley trail... continous inclines and declines that are very challenging on legs . Decided to take Crusher trail along the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trial!!!! Love the views. We came on a Sunday and it was pretty crowd, I would recommend coming during the week when there is less people. You have to hike this trial.

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trail running
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

walking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

trail running
Monday, June 20, 2016

Favorite place for running in the area. There are not many people around because it is fairly hilly. the trails are fun and very different from one another.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

I've hiked this trail to the overlook probably 10 or more times. It's my favorite in Birmingham. Very easy, but not mindless, especially if you come back up Silent Journey. That'll get your heart rate up. I just went with my Hike It Baby Birmingham group. We got a 5 year old, a 3 year old, a 10 month old, and a 3 month old, plus 4 moms and 2 dads all the way to the overlook within an hour and a half. So, like I said, this trail is easy but not mindless and there are some super beautiful views.

hiking
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Awesome. Great leg workout. Fairly easy. We hiked from hilltop to hilltop near the shooting range. Awesome view.

cross country skiing
Thursday, December 31, 2015