Explore the most popular 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.

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hiking
2 days ago

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

walking
17 days 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
24 days 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
30 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Love it! Clean and clear with no traffic

2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice well groomed fairly easy trail system. Trails are flat or with gradual grade changes for the most part because it travels along old mining trails. Park has a zip line, rope course, climbing tower, dog park and a few other attractions for kids if they’re open. Trails are well marked but the names and numbering are a bit confusing.

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

Great trail! Take Possum Loop to circle the quarry to see several great overlooks and to access the quarry itself.

walking
4 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
4 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
4 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.

trail running
4 months ago

The trail is now complete from Vulcan Park to Green Springs Highway. The path is easy and flat, but the run up Red Mountain to the trail justifies the moderate rating. (There is a parking lot at the trail.). The view of Birmingham justifies the fourth star. Nice addition to the Red Rock Trail System!

walking
5 months ago

Red Mountain Park is a good time and is perfect for a Sunday afternoon hike. Don't expect too much in the way of a challenge, and the red mud can be a pain to get out of your clothing. The view from Grace's Gap is decent and offers a fun stroll past some cool attractions.

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