Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

A favorite place to run in town. Note that it can be very muddy in spots, especially under bridges, after a heavy rain.

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.

Love it! Clean and clear with no traffic

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.

One of those hikes I would take my date on. Loved it!

walking
3 months ago

Visited today with a chihuahua and a lab puppy and we all had a blast! Took a turn a little early but the trails were well marked and we found our way easily (the detour was beautiful regardless). Even though I had to carry both pups by the end, we had an awesome time and took a break to enjoy the view.

I'm sure the trail is fine however the dead body found in the lake three weeks ago might disagree. PLEASE research area before deciding to wander in looking for a nice walk. Few months ago a lady was shot in the leg a few blocks away at 10:30 AM. Research for yourself before going.

Pretty easy trail, mostly flat with a couple of inclines. A good nice loop, but definitely lots of roots in the trail so watch your steps.

Great trails with many optional detours. The main trail can get busy on weekends. A treasure to be found in Birmingham!

Great experience. Better in spring and early summer when the waterfall and streams are active. Top it off with a cold one at Vecchia’s.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Was looking for a new place to ride our bikes as a family. Enjoyed the beautiful day and nice and clean atmosphere.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great little nature preserve tucked in the middle of a bustling community. Excellent place for some good hiking. We’ve hiked all the trails and done some bird watching along the Power Line trail. Also a wonderful place to take the kids for a meandering stroll through the bluffs or along the creek. The trail markers aren’t always straight forward and the trails can be confusing as so many user created off-shoots are present, sometimes taking you in circles or leading you off to a different trail or an interesting view. You can’t really get “lost” in the preserve though as most of the trails are intertwined and there’s usually a person or a marker around the next bend. The park can get very busy on the weekends so if you’re looking for a solo or serenity hike I suggest taking the power line trail or going on a weekday morning. I have seen king snakes several times in the summer on the Power Line trail so use a leash on your dog and bring water and a hat as there is no shade. Wear ankle support if you plan to get on any of the other trails There is a beautiful waterfall near the end of the Orange trail which is best accessed from the parking lot on Preserve Way. Trail maps not available on-site so prepare in advance.

Nice little park with a scenic walking path. Easy trekking, completely flat, gravel top.

Went today for the first time in a few years. It’s ok. I will go back. It has some bad areas that seem to have been caused by rainwater run off. If you don’t care for a lot of people you may not like this “trail” since it can be a bit crowded at times. The news was actually filming today. There are public restrooms which are clean. Lots of dog walkers on actual path. Most on leashes. I believe they ALL are supposed to be on leashes however, the ones who were not on leashes seemed well trained and very acclimated to people including, small children. I saw no dog nor, bird poop on pathways. Easy to find. Right off Valleydale by Jeff State and Spain Park High School. No evening/night lighting so, get your run in early if you can. Ranked accurately as easy.

trail running
5 months ago

Some neighborhood running, crossing a creek, and a moderate hill, but otherwise a beautiful exploration and trail!

hiking
5 months ago

great trail. somewhat hard to stay on the right trail

Great trail. Well travled even in the cold weather. We went Jan 7, 2018. Moderate trail with hills and lots of roots. Great view from Graces Gap and lots of chances to take pictures and see historical mine entrances and other building remains. Port a pottys at entrance. Lots of people take their dogs walking here.

I discovered this trail by accident while out searching for somewhere to run. it's beautiful, off the street, and clean. highly recommended.

walking
7 months ago

This can be a dangerous area. There are better areas close by in my opinion

Ruffner is really nice area, and is well marked.

trail running
7 months ago

Great for running. Very flat and peaceful.

Nice, plain trail for when you just want to get out for some air.

We hiked part of the blue trail up along the falls and it was busy, but beautiful.

I went on this trail a few weeks ago on a beautiful autumn day in early November and something felt "off" and unsafe about the trail. It might be best for trail runners and bikers who won't be on its 3.7 miles for very long. In my opinion, it's not a leisurely trail that can be enjoyed by walking even in the best of conditions. The history of a railroad being there is cool but doesn't make up for the feeling of it being a claustrophobic funnel.

I enjoy hiking and have been to several places in town - Jemison, Ruffner, Moss Rock, etc. as well as places out of state. I like to have wide clearings for line of sight and safety and this place doesn't have that.

1) The entire trail is gravel, with no pavement except for the short road crossing by the dog park. If you enjoy the Black Creek Park loop you will be okay on the trail. This is not really an issue, just worth noting if you have a trail preference.

2) This is an "out and back" trail as described on this site. It is not very scenic. The trail is very narrow and either side has high embankments with dense trees. In some places you could see homes through the trees but after a while it was just forest. At one point there was an option to walk a trail that passed creek side but it didn't look safe. The route down to the creek bed was not clearly marked and seemed to be overgrown.

3) The benches provided at markers are good, however, there was a shed halfway down the trail with two strange broken up school chairs inside. I did not like that on a narrow trail with potentially no one else around you can't see if anyone is inside until you are next to it. It seems like trouble waiting to happen. I understand the need for shelter in the event of a shower or storm but this structure was foreboding. A canopy structure or bus station-type seating area with open sides or grating would be much safer here.

4) The trails ends on a well-traveled road next to a subdivision entrance. It was a relief to see civilization but still a little jarring, and there was no place to park a car at the end like there is at Lakeshore Trail. So it was back down the funnel.

I highly discourage this trail for use by walkers especially if it's just one or two people. The trail was shady literally and figuratively. Seems like it might be pretty nice for bikers though, and I saw quite a few.

A very nice municipal park for walking or jogging...and that is all it was ever intended to be. The one star reviews have me wondering whether the reviewer was expecting something else.

Dangerous at night, high crime neighborhood. Day light provides a easy walk with many other walkers.

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