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I loved this trail! Bring your waterproof shoes because you’ll have to cross the creek several times. Would also be a great place to camp with hammocks.

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rocky
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Gorgeous trail walked from our campsite #77 passed two overlooks and several streams. Great for dogs and family

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.

Great loop. Alum Hollow to Ranger, back on Alum Hollow. trail is clearly marked, no overgrown areas or blowdowns. Ranger has most of the rocky features, the waterfalls, and creeks. Alum Hollow is a nice, easy stroll back. We ran in to about 4 other groups on our trip (a Friday, from noon to 3p), almost all at the main waterfall and on Alum Trail.

Park Entrance fee is $5. The Ironwood Road loop is an easy loop. Only minimal elevation. The Tannehill Park Trail Map you can purchase or print from the park website is confusing and not at all helpful. Take the bridge past the furnace and on your right is a green Ironwood Road sign. Sign says 0.7 miles, but the loop is closer to 4 miles. Lots of trails branch off the loop and markers give you difficulty level of the trail, but not trail length. You run into a dead end fork and a large trail map sign that is confusing because it does NOT tell you where you are or which way to go for the rest of the loop. I took the left. The last 1/3 of the loop has laminated paper arrows pointing out the loop direction, benches, and markers identifying tree species. Trail road is wide and beautiful, but signage is awful.

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bugs
muddy
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rocky
1 day ago

This trail was pretty dope albeit boring on the sight seeing side. Ya got Big Tree and the waterfalls and some cool rock formations but overall it was a lackluster 3 days. Lots of ticks and snakes, the locals were ok I guess. Not rude, but not friendly either. It is Alabama after all. It’s free that’s a plus. Quiet and secluded. Not a lot of wildlife variety which was strange. I’m not sure I’d go back, but it was open when most parks are closed.

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muddy
washed out
1 day ago

If you don’t like your feet/socks getting wet, make sure to wear waterproof hiking boots. Several parts of the trail are basically just streams/runoff. Overall, a pleasant, shaded hike that is mostly well blazed. I parked at the Never Never Land trail head, picked up the orange trail, followed it to the blue trail, picked up the blue trail to see the falls, then at the termination of the blue trail, picked up the other end of the orange trail and followed it back to where I had parked. Some very pretty scenery and rock outcroppings to see (as well as both falls), and I did not find it heavily trafficked, so it felt very secluded as well.

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2 days ago

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

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3 days ago

Giving it 4 starts for the ending. The trail itself is not much to speak of until you get to the strip between the bay and Gator lake. Not much shade the entire way. Bring some bug spray. Last half mile is sand, but the beach is open. Awesome to finally reach it and have it all to yourself.

it was very nice and peaceful. we went with a dog and it was good for him as well. the only downfall is that the trail intersects so much that even when following this map, it was easy to get off track.

I’m from Mobile and 31 years retired Infantryman so I’ve seen my share of deer flies but nothing like this trail even soaked in Deep Wood and a dog spray it didn’t help. Had to leave after 1/2 mile in. Nice wide open road path grassed over through the pine barrons. Will check it out next winter.

This is a GREAT trail for a late start camping trip or a shorter, easier hike in, set up trip. There is a $3 fee per day. Don’t forget that. And parking is packed. This trail is relatively easy. There are several downed trees you’ll have to cross, a few rocky creek beds with steep inclines. I can’t attest to the trail all the way to the falls as we stopped a mile in and set up camp. There are several spots to camp! Two just inside the trail, keep going! Those are good, but there are better ones further in. We had two full hammock setups with rain fly’s. So good spots for hammock camping and a large site that would be good for multiple tents not far from the one we were on. There’s a wonderful spot for this in front of a huge cliff face which was fun to explore!

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.

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3 days ago

Excellent trail - but be prepared for elevation climb if you do Mull trail. The visit to waterfalls are definitely worth the hike. Enjoy!

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bugs
off trail
3 days ago

I definitely would not recommend this to beginners or anyone without a guide. We kept losing the trail and the last leg of it was very challenging down a rocky slope. The fall and cliffs were nice but as others said, not as pictured. Came out with several ticks and legs scratched from low brush.

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muddy
3 days ago

We loved this trail but I wouldn’t say it was for the novice. We went on a rainy day and a couple of the inclines were challenging. Lots of trees down. Path is well marked and was very scenic all the way to the falls. We hope to come back on a more dry day. Very limited parking.

Much of trail is a beautiful hike easy to do. The trail to waterfall is a little challenging getting down but worth it. Very nice!

Enjoyed the trail. Basically a walk around the various grass fields. No real ground guidance so we kept the GPS open to stay on the prescribed route. Partial shade and we crossed the clear stream several times to keep the doggies hydrated. Enjoyed the hike as a change to normal cross-country hiking.

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muddy
4 days ago

I only go as far as the dam and back. 4 miles round trip. The first 1/4 mile is muddy in several places. It’s a quiet trail with not a whole lot to see. Several board walks. Some roots and rocks to trip on if you are not paying attention. Dogs allowed only on leash. You might get lucky and spot a few ducks or geese.

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4 days ago

This roughly paved path circles the City of Montevallo’s ball fields. It includes a pond & both shades & sunny sections. This loop trail is part of the Montevallo Park Trail, connecting to Orr park, by way of University Lake & the University of Montevallo’a track facility—all open to the public. It’s a good walk in between ball games.

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blowdown
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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Very nice hike experience. When we got down close to Talus Connector we saw sign “Trail ends” but we met people coming from there so we continued. The very end of trail has trees fallen onto creek/path and that is where official markings ended. So we scrambled on four through rocky left side and reached AMAZING cave waterfall. Absolutely was worth the hard hike.

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