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The 7 best places for hiking in the Birmingham area

Put on your trail shoes and take a hike among some of the most beautiful scenery and gorgeous views in the Magic City. A long, vigorous walk can do wonders to ease the mind and sooth the soul. From a moderately easy hike to a more advanced level of hiking, we have a list of 7 places that are perfect for your outdoor adventures.

Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park is a 1,500-acre park with 15 miles of scenic trails, historic mines, zip lines, tree house and a dog park. Discover your own path on one of the most exciting and diverse terrains.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Ruffner Mountain

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is a 1,038-acre urban nature preserve located in Birmingham’s historic South-East Lake neighborhood.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday), 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday), closed on Mondays

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Jemison Park Nature Trail

Jemison Park Nature Trail

Jemison Park Nature Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Moss Rock Preserve

Moss Rock Preserve

A perfect balance of nature and community, Moss Rock Preserve is a beautiful 349-acre nature preserve abundant with forest systems, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife, and other unique natural features. Currently, Moss Rock Preserve is home to four rare species of plants and a rare variant of Little River Canyon Sandstone Glade that is thought to be one of only 35 occurrences known around the world!

Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Black Creek Park's Rails to Trails

Black Creek Park's Rails to Trails

Black Creek Park Rails to Trails is a 7.2-mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham that features a river and is good for all skill levels.

Hours: N/A

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

The TCNP’s 5 trails provide plenty of opportunity for recreation, exercise, research, and education. There’s a hiking adventure for everyone here. From the Boy Scout Trail at .35 mi (easy) to Narrows Ridge at 3.2 miles (moderate), the level of difficulty you experience is up to you.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Wednesday – Sunday), closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park

Mountain biking and hiking are two of the most popular activities at the park. With more than 50 miles of trails visitors have plenty of options to choose from be it a short loop or an overnight trip. The Red Trail has even been included on the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) list of EPIC rides. The park also features a pump track and BMX course.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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