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hiking
23 hours ago

21.5# pack. Solo hike.

We absolutely loved this hike. We had a good time on top of the falls and an even better time behind the falls. The trek was very fun

I don’t have too much experience hiking around Birmingham, but from the experience I do have, I think this place is a hidden gem. The trails are much cooler than, for example, oak mountain, featuring rocks, roots, and wood steps. They are also wider and much more well marked. I got lost twice on the same trail at oak mountain. I don’t know if that says more about me or the trail markings, but in my defense, I can say that I did not run into this problem at Ruffner mountain. I have also gone for a brief walk at red mountain state park. While I can’t really speak to the quality of the trails too much, I can speak to the size of the crowds. On my hike at Ruffner mountain, I only saw one other person, a park ranger who looked to be doing trail maintenance. Granted, I went hiking early on a rainy day, but even then, I expected to see more than one person. Ruffner mountain pairs well against its competitors, but it also stands out on its own merits. As the name quarry trail suggests, there is a large quarry from where iron was mined. It is really breathtaking. There are also small streams that run along the trails and feature various plants from ferns, hydrangeas, and various other flowers. I hope you will visit this park.

hiking
4 days ago

Garrett’s first hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice trail with a good deal of shade. Gnats are bad in the summer so be prepared.

Beautiful and lush with greenery and many wildflowers in spring. Easily accessible trails from Noccalula. The non-gorge trails are technically easy for hikers. You can add multiple trails together to make a 4-6 hour hike, but a 1 hour walk is also possible. Paths are well cleared by the city, almost no roots or stones make it great for cyclers. Hikers should head to Dog Hill and Witches Brew for a little climb and scenery change, cyclers take G Force for a straight downhill. The river paths, Jeep Hill and Family Loop get the most traffic. Tips: spring is not too hot yet, but morning is still better. Didn’t see any snakes but was careful. You need to pack out trash. Not too buggy, but I recommend bug spray. Park at the camp grounds. Restrooms closed during covid.

Great experience for the kiddos.

hiking
bugs
over grown
7 days ago

5/25/20 the park is closed.

A nice loop that takes you onto one of the less traveled trails. But watch out, there are other trails branching off not shown on this map. We took a wrong turn because of it.

Great trail. Be prepared to get muddy if you climb behind the waterfall. It’s definitely worth it and not as treacherous as you’d think. My two young children had no problem navigating the rocks and we were never precariously close to the water yet we had an amazing view of the backside of the waterfall. Only disturbing part was the amount of litter and graffiti on this trail. I have done a lot of hiking during this quarantine and this was the most littered trail I’ve seen as well as the most graffiti. The trail could also use more signage!

A nice little hike. The 'Shoal Nuff' walk-in/out portion of the trail is a bit tighter in terms of undergrowth as the trees through most of that section are smaller. You're also in the heat/sun most of the time through that stretch so be on the lookout for snakes. We took it going in, but opted to just hike down the gravel road that runs roughly parallel to it on the way out as it was starting to rain and we could move faster. The loop part is great. Very shaded and easy to do a full walking pace if you're wanting to push it. TONS of ferns. My only complaint was that there didn't seem to be an 'official' trail down to the water on the loop itself. The closest you get is about 40 yards away. There's spots where you could probably just walk down to it through the woods, but with spring/summer undergrowth it's a bit of a chore. I think the road you crossover might go down to the shoreline, but I'm not 100% sure as we didn't take that to the end. Download the map ahead of time as cell service is extremely weak/spotty.

Park is well maintained. Abandoned Mines are interesting. A little too crowded people wise for me but nice easy trails.

We decided to make a 3.3 mile loop starting at the Wedding chapel (which is free). If you go to the Black creek trail and take a right to the suspension bridge and loop back around the gorge trail which takes you behind the falls. There is a trail off the gorge path that takes you down to the beachy area of the falls where you can take a swim. After this it was a quick trek out. This was a moderate hike but my bouncy 4yr old and my less bouncy 64yr old mom and dad both made the hike so it can be that bad. We did have to help both over the very slippery rocks behind the falls but it was not a big deal. My 3 kids enjoyed swimming and we went early at 9:45 so we avoided a big crowd and had lunch at the water before hiking out. We found the trails pretty easy to find and taking a picture of the trails on the big board at the start along w all trails gps was enough. Fun hike, mostly shaded and great waterfall!

Cane Creek is one of my favorites. It has so much to offer. You can make it as difficult as you would like. The shortcut trail is very steep. The falls are beautiful. Very blessed this private run preserve is available.

hiking
14 days ago

Good community trail!

Good community trail. High traffic. Great views of downtown Florence Alabama at sunset. Love the Tennessee River being right there.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail was very busy during the Covid-19 quarantine and you had to wait your turn for viewing the overlook and on the swinging bridge that leads to the tree house platform. The signs were a bit confusing! When you enter the trailhead we stayed to the right. We were turned around on the way out and took an easier trail (road) out.

hiking
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

Pretty overgrown and very littered with trash. I’m very disappointed in the people that have left tons of trash down by the river and all along this trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy walk with pretty views.

hiking
18 days ago

Great as a bike trail. Not bad for a peaceful walk through the forest. But one of the least scenic routes in the park. It’s named after a rusted out car, which seems to be the highlight. Mainly I use this one as a connector trail to other sections of the park during my long runs. If I’m coming out for a short walk with my family, I prefer Northern Pines or Reflection for more scenery.

Awesome trail! I was a bit sad that there were no evident indications of which path leads you where when headed down to the bottom of the waterfall.. Overall, beautiful park and I will definitely go again to explore the other trails!

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

Good hike, mostly really easy terrain. Some scrambling.

Great trail! I was so impressed with how well the trails were marked, the condition of the trails, and the restrooms along the way. We wandered around a good bit, did about 4.25 miles out and back, and maybe only covered 1/4 of the trail we could’ve explored. (We went down to the blue hole and took the steep option back up to the house.)

hiking
23 days ago

Easy trail loop under three miles. Start on trail head by bike ramp park. Follow yellow posts on main trail east. Take .25 mile death by concrete if you are on foot and adventurous (not bikeable). Turn right onto lower psycho trail. Come out on gravel road. Turn right and enter main trail right past concrete bridge. Follow main trail. You come out on same gravel road. Take left and pass gate. Here you can turn right back on to the main trail or follow the road back to parking lot and trail head.

Great walk, but I wouldn’t really call it a hike. The kids loved it.

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