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Best trails in Birmingham

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Looking for a great trail near Birmingham, Alabama? AllTrails has 42 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Oak Mountain State Park or Rickwood Caverns State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve or Red Mountain Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 26 easy trails in Birmingham ranging from 0.7 to 7 miles and from 495 to 1,122 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Birmingham
Top trails (42)
#1 - Overlook Trail via Quarry Trail
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
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 thShow more
#2 - Grace's Gap Overlook
Red Mountain Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Trail through historic Red Mountain Park that leads past old mining buildings and mine shafts to an overlook of Birmingham. Don't forget to stop by the treehouse along the trail near the overlook. Show more
#3 - Moss Rock Preserve Trail
Moss Rock Preserve
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Moss Rock Preserve Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options anShow more
#4 - Quarry, Possum, Overlook, and Ridge & Valley Trails Loop
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
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 thShow more
#5 - Ridge Walk, Spring Gap, BMRR North and South Trail
Red Mountain Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Red Mountain Park 15 Mile HikeShow more
#6 - Vulcan Trail
Lane Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 44 m
Vulcan Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#7 - Overlook Trail via Ridge & Valley Trail from Ruffner Road
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 30 m
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 thShow more
#8 - Black Creek Park Rails to Trails
Black Creek Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
Trail follows an old rail line starting at Black Creek Park and runs under highway 31 and I65 for about 3.5 miles. It stays pretty close to Black Creek the entire time and is well maintained on smoothShow more
#9 - Moss Rock Preserve: Orange Trail
Moss Rock Preserve
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
The Orange Trail lies on other city owned land just outside Moss Rock’s east perimeter. From Simmons Middle parking, OT leaves WT (heading east) and its loop features Rock House Boulders, Natural BridShow more
#10 - Moss Rock Preserve Loop
Moss Rock Preserve
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
Moss Rock Preserve Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
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