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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
10 days ago

Good distance and can lead to more trails for further hiking. Can make a good day if it.

Agree with Moderate rating. There are about two patches that need to some maintenance/cut down and maybe some better signage toward the end of the trail. We will definitely hike it again!

Not an actual trail but it is an incredible experience to tour a battleship and learn about the history and see how it operated.

walking
22 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!

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

trail running
1 month 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.

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.

Beautiful waterfall nice hike

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.

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.

Actually a really nice and interesting walk. I was hesitant, but so glad we went. Really nice bathrooms was a big plus!

The trail is nice and the waterfall is beautiful. The only reason I gave this trail three stars is because of its “caves.” My husband and I love exploring caves and were super excited to learn that there were some in the area. Unless we totally missed something, the only caves along the upper portion of this trail are rock overhangs. They are not really caves with passages. If you want an intense hike leading to a beautiful waterfall, go for it! If you’re visiting just for the “caves,” you might disappointed.

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.

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

Loved this trail. I stayed on the black creek trail and the trees and flowers were blooming. Very pretty and relaxing.

Short, quiet and beautiful. The dog liked it too! Fresh water pumps throughout

walking
4 months ago

Sad to see the “pond” was a stagnant, unkept spot of water. Bamboo was down over the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trails but the bridge is the best part in my opinion. The wildflowers were blooming on the trails and the river is always nice to look at

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.

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

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!

hiking
5 months ago

If you are looking for a nice quiet walk in nature this is not the place. A good portion of cemetery trail butts right up against the I-65 right of way and the noise is horrendous. Listening to belching 18 wheelers whizzing by at 80 miles an hour ruined the whole experience for me.

trail running
6 months ago

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

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