Hiking in Birmingham, AL
About Birmingham Hiking
Moss Rock Preserve is one of Birmingham's favorite suburban gems. It consists of about 350 acres of protected land, largely hidden in the state’s most populous city, with 8 miles of challenging trails. The trails meander along a shallow creek, past many small waterfalls, and through the boulder fields that have become a playground for local climbers.
For a little more of a challenge, hiking in the Walls of Jericho area may be strenuous and feature some steep climbs and descents, but the canyons, caves, and natural rock amphitheaters make it all worth the effort.
Oak Mountain State Park has a few more miles of trails to choose from—51 miles to be exact—with many route options. Explore a new combination each day and you’ll turn those 51 miles into what feels like hundreds (in a good way). There’s everything from an easy 3-mile loop that winds around a stunning lake, to a 17-mile backcountry loop with over 800 feet of elevation gain. Creeks, waterfalls, hardwood forests, pine-studded ridges, and rocky overlooks, are just some of the highlights along the way.
With 350-acres of protected land and 8 miles of challenging trails, Moss Rock Preserve provides hikers and trail runners with a really wonderful experience.
Oak Mountain State Park features about 50-miles of trails ranging in difficulty, mileage, and scenery. It's very easy to find a route (or combine routes) that suits you best.
Sure, there are 5 miles of trail definitely worth exploring at Turkey Creek, but really it's the awesome swimming hole that makes this place worth visiting. Reward yourself after your run or hike with a refreshing dip in one of Alabama's top swimming holes.
The third largest urban nature preserve in the country offers stunning views of the city, abandoned mines, and a rock quarry, all only minutes from downtown.
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