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Shig Z
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The preserve is conveniently located with good parking areas at the trailheads. There's also not a fee to use the trails. Good portion of the trails are along a creek, which can be nice. However, trail markings are very lacking, even at junctions where multiple trails intersect. Some areas of the trails are also overgrown with vegetations, making it hard to see where the actual trail is. Powerline trail has no shade, so bring a hat

Rebecca Cheatham
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

definitely a challenge with a lot of roots and rocks and very easy to lose track of which trail you're on, but the waterfalls are gorgeous and I had fun despite wanting to die by the end

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Hiker Chik
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Kelli Buchanan
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Walking

Excellent place to walk - mostly flat and paved with options for dirt path along the brook/river. Well maintained and safe with people who walk, jog, run and hang out! Highly recommend!

Nikki Nelson
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HikingOver grownRocky

Some iffy cliff side hiking for a beginner or younger kids. Some pretty overgrown parts at the top. But fun nonetheless :)

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Joel G.
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Hiking

More of a pleasant stroll through the woods than a hike. Almost totally flat, but it’d be a good trail to take kids or pets on since it’s super wide. Scenery is nice though. The 1 star rating doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s just that there’s no challenge to it and no big visual payoff along the way.

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Riley Kross
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Blue trail not well marked everywhere and there are lots of shortcut trails that make parts confusing.

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Joel G.
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Hiking

I really liked the trail, but it’s poorly marked in places. You’ll see three trees marked in a 20 foot space (totally unnecessary), but then you’ll reach a fork and there’s no indication of which way is which. It’s easy enough to figure out if you’re running the map though. Could be a vastly improved experience with a little better marking.

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Joel G.
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Hiking

Best hike I’ve had at Red Mountain Park. I’d never been up on the Skyhy Ridge (trail 16) before today. There were some cool, very narrow segments with steep(ish) drop offs on both sides. It’s the only trail I’ve come across in urban parks in Birmingham that feels like it could be on a trail out west. Good five miles. Will definitely hike again.

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Dc Davis
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Jack Zlotea
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Hiking

I don’t have too much experience hiking around Birmingham, but from the experience I do have, I think this place is a hidden gem. The trails are much cooler than, for example, oak mountain, featuring rocks, roots, and wood steps. They are also wider and much more well marked. I got lost twice on the same trail at oak mountain. I don’t know if that says more about me or the trail markings, but in my defense, I can say that I did not run into this problem at Ruffner mountain. I have also gone for a brief walk at red mountain state park. While I can’t really speak to the quality of the trails too much, I can speak to the size of the crowds. On my hike at Ruffner mountain, I only saw one other person, a park ranger who looked to be doing trail maintenance. Granted, I went hiking early on a rainy day, but even then, I expected to see more than one person. Ruffner mountain pairs well against its competitors, but it also stands out on its own merits. As the name quarry trail suggests, there is a large quarry from where iron was mined. It is really breathtaking. There are also small streams that run along the trails and feature various plants from ferns, hydrangeas, and various other flowers. I hope you will visit this park.

Mary Rhoden
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Hiking

Park is well maintained. Abandoned Mines are interesting. A little too crowded people wise for me but nice easy trails.

Jon Swam
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HikingRockyScramble

Good hike, sometimes hard to follow but pretty easy to get back if you follow along with this map. Some good sights.

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Leila Shaw
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Hiking

Great hike in the woods! Very well maintained.

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Elizabeth Miller
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HikingRocky

Great trail conditions. Perfect for dogs as they can stop and cool off in the river.

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Kris Rose
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HikingRocky

The location of the Park is fantastic. There are multiple entrances with various sized parking area. The trails themselves are very rocky (as seems to be every trail in Alabama) and footing is tricky at some locations. The trail marking is very difficult to follow as there are numerous side trails that connect the main trails with no indication as to which is the actual trail. At some points on the trail, you can see 3 or 4 trees marked, but when these adjunct trails pop up, there never seems to be a trail mark visible. when passing by the "The Hole in the Rock" area, a number of trails converge and there is no signage or marking to keep you on your trail.

Bayley Sharp
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble
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Kally Bradford
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HikingNo shade
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Tiffany Cullens
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Hiking

Great time! The rocks were really fun for my children 5 and 8. However the trails are unmarked. It’s easy to get lost. Also, it was extremely packed with people at the waterfalls.

Bayley Sharp
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HikingRocky

New favorite trail - very diverse terrain!

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Eric Biancalana
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Hiking

Plenty of other trails branch off and loop back so you can extend this hike if you wish. It’s the most populous and the best one at Ruffner. Be sure to stop and hike down into or around the quarry, because it’s arguably more impressive and fun to explore than the actual overlook. The two of these combined make this hike well worth it.

Eric Biancalana
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Hiking

Eh. Can’t really recommend. The wetlands are disappointing and some of the hike there is enjoyable but for the most part it’s not worth the journey. Go to the overlook instead.

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