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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
12 days ago

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

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.

This one has some very challenging trails. It was difficult for me , I am not in the best physical condition however, I loved it! A favorite.

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

Walked this trail with my 16 year old son...the quarry was a nice reward. The trail is not too difficult but there are plenty of ways to go off trail and make it harder. Very clean, free from trash.

walking
2 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
2 months ago

Great for running. Very flat and peaceful.

Love this trail. You pass a lot of fun things on the way, and it’s an easy enough walk. The overlook itself isn’t crazy spectacular, but you get an interesting view of the city from an angle you might not be used to seeing it from.

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.

The map on the app looks like a combination of a lot of separate trails...no worries, as they are all good.

I will tell you: the ridge and valley trail is not a quaint stroll in the woods. If you aren't in at least moderate shape, save this one for later.

Ruffner Mtn. Has a lot of great trails, and it is hard to believe you are in the middle of a 1.1 million person metro area when you are on them.

The quarry trail isn't difficult, but there are a lot of nooks and crannies to explore once there (the quarry). Be forewarned: you will wondered why every post-apocalyptic movie isn't shot in BHAM while on the quarry floor.

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.

trail running
2 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail, and Red Mountain Park in general is a wonderful place to spend the day! Great view of downtown Birmingham!

This is a sweet trail. Be careful on the back side of the quarry if you go that way.

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