Ruffner Mountain Nature Park Loop Hike

MODERATE 45 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
659 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.

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1 month ago

The trails are well marked and modern. We will come back again. We did the white and orange trail. It takes 3 miles for both trail.

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2 months ago

Lizard Loop is a fairly level 1 mile loop. Great canopy of trees and plants. Gravel trail in parts but narrows to a dirt path that feels more secluded.

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3 months ago

This park is the best kept hiking secret in Birmingham. In fact, will people stop giving this five stars so it stays lightly trafficked? Thanks!

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4 months ago

We had a great time. Challenging at times. Good views.

5 months ago

Staff was super awesome :)

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6 months ago

Awesome trails and staff !!

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8 months ago

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