Explore the most popular hiking trails near Birmingham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

pick this trail up during the eureka mine trail.

about half way through you can pick up Grace's Gap trail also. we did that and came back to same form and continued the rest of the miners trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, good views of downtown Bham

This trail is great for biking. The trail has a slight slope at times but it is easy. It is mostly shady and was not busy. My husband and I enjoyed it.

its okay.. but not as free range as id like.

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly just old mining roads.

There are some incredibly interesting things in the park. Old mines, confidence courses, tree houses with swinging bridges.
The cutoff trails are really nice but the main “trails” are lots of gravel road walking.

I really like this park.
The overlook at the quarry is a big draw, but the sunrise thru the trees on the Orange trail is spectacular.(Sunrays & spiderwebs)

I normally do the White to Yellow then loop back for 6 miles or.......if Im feeling frisky, White to Yellow to Orange. There are really only 4 uphills on Orange but be ready.

if you're familiar with the maps and trails that's great but a lot of places truly need blazing. very easy to switch to a different trail

however I absolutely love love love this preserve

No view :( I’ll go again and try a different trail. I’ve been told if I continue up lizard loop there is a great view from there. It’s a fantastic gem in the city. The 3 stars in no way reflects Ruffner as a whole, just this particular trail was sort of a letdown when it came to a view.

great trail. very kid friendly.. even took my 8 month old (not in a stroller, on my hip)

Most poorly marked trails I have ever been on. Did not even know what trail I was on till i was well into the woods. Lots of trails that branch off and you have no idea which one to take. Had to eventually pull out my All Trails app so I could figure out how to get out.

Being from Birmingham makes this hike even better. I can still enjoy nature while also being close to home! The trail is filled with flowers and unique creatures! The quarry view is gorgeous but my favorite view is the one of downtown. Super cool.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail, with a nice swinging bridge to check out right before the overlook.

walking
2 months ago

For an Alabama trail, this one is very nice. Not hard at all, and offers some cool views of downtown Birmingham.
Worth the while to go up the steps to Vulcan Park and view the city/take photos from up there!

nature trips
2 months ago

Love this place oh so much! The location of the trail is in a neighborhood. It took a little time finding it the first time because of that. Once we got on the trail, we discovered plenty of beautiful sights! Then we got lost for a while. The trails are not marked clearly. Nevertheless, we came across a friendly hiker that lives in the neighborhood! He showed us the way out! Not only did we have a fantastic time hiking; we also enjoyed talking to the hiker! After the workout, there was a nice popsicle stand right outside of the trails. I went once more and will continue to visit because of the rawness of the nature in the up-and-coming community! I highly recommend going! Also my pregnant sister was able to carry a baby in her stomach, and another child strapped to her on the trip. Therefore, the hike is fairly easy. Enjoy!!!

Trail markings?? It’s a cool hike if you can actually find it, but it’s very poorly marked and extremely confusing to get around. Have fun!

I’ve never been on a more poorly marked, mis-marked, unmarked trail. Very frustrating completing the loop.

A favorite place to run in town. Can be muddy in spots under bridges after a heavy rain.

trail running
3 months ago

There is a western trailhead located just off of Greensprings Highway with parking, but it is a bit hard to find at first. It’s located just across from the Goodwill location and next to Hubbard. Entry is marked with a small Kiwanis sign by the road.

This parking area certainly makes the trail much more convenient to access from this side of town.

My wife set out to run it during lunchtime recently but found it a bit too isolated to feel comfortable running alone.

road biking
3 months ago

We rode our bikes on this trail. A good portion of it is paved and relatively level. Occasionally you would get a great view of the city but for the most part you're looking at kudzu. Eventually, the trail turns into from pavement to gravel and your in a more wooded environment. Nice little urban trail though.

This is a beautiful trail especially if you start it early in the morning. The trees provide full cover the entire time. After rain the waterfall is beautiful. Great spot at the bottom for some trail mix or jerky. Cross the creek and loop back to the start or back to the crossing into the main part of the park to loop the White or Blue trails. Always one of my favorite short easy family hikes or just a solo walk in the woods.

3 months ago

As urban walking trails go, it's one of the best. accessible to suburbs, great views of city, parking for visitors, its free...

trail running
3 months ago

Fantastic now that the trail has been completed. Can’t recommend it more highly.

Love it! Clean and clear with no traffic

4 months ago

the completed trail is so much fun to walk the dog on. my new favorite trail in Birmingham

Great for kids and a nice ‘entry level’ hike.

“And into the forest I go... to lose my mind and find my soul.”

This is a combination of a number of trails at Ruffner, notably Buckeye, Pipeline, and Lizard Loop. Buckeye is solid moderate plus, as it is mostly a straight up the mountain. The other two are only sporadically used (compared to other Ruffner trails) and could use a little maintenance, but are basically pretty flat. However, due to some loose rocks, I wouldn’t advise the western part of the Pipeline trail for older hikers/walkers. Do not use tennis shoes on this portion...wear hiking shoes. The eastern half of the Pipeline trail gets very little traffic, and is a great place to see wild turkeys and other wildlife. Lizard Loop is a nice walk in the woods with some old growth trees forming something of a ‘cathedral’ at the curve in the lollipop.

Like the boulders and streams at MRP. Glad I had All Trails app though. Some parts aren’t marked well. Hiked part of this in rain. That was actually nice but rocks get slippery.

Great Hike, lots of trail options to go as long and as far as you want. Hiking with group of Boy Scouts and Siblings, the trail was good for all ages.

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