13 Hikes + Walking Trails in Birmingham to Explore

The I Love Birmingham mural on the Hugh Kaul Trail. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham now)

As summer draws to a close and the days get shorter, you’ll want to take advantage of these great walking and hiking options in our city. We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite trails in Birmingham for you to get out and enjoy this season.

Moss Rock 8 13 Hikes + Walking Trails in Birmingham to Explore
Keep moving. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

For outdoor enthusiasts who want a nice place to practice rock climbing, Moss Rock Preserve is here! All skill levels and avid climbers can try the rocks here. As a novice climber this reserve has become one of my best trails in Birmingham.

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Have you seen the new Red Mountain Park entrance sign on Lakeshore Parkway? (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Red Mountain Park has the best of all work. History buffs will swoon to learn that its park is one of the largest archaeological sites in the country. Plus, there’s a dog park and some great hiking spots.

Hugh Kaul Trail. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Welcome to the newest addition to Birmingham’s trails: Hugh Kaul Trail. In April, Freshwater Land Trust opened the first section of the trail to the public. This walking trail connects Avondale to the Rotary Trail, making our town more walkable, a plus for alternative transportation enthusiasts. The next section from 34th Street to 41st Street in Avondale is currently under construction.

Birmingham Mountain High Hikers at Ruffner Mountain. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

If you haven’t hiked Ruffner Mountain, you’ll want to check out the shaded trails of this 1,038-acre nature preserve. For history buffs, you’ll enjoy the long-abandoned ore crushers of the mining sites found on the mountain.

Aldrige Gardens earns the title of having some of the best family safety trails in Birmingham. Did you know that these gardens were the former property of famed horticulturist Eddie Aldridge and his wife, Kay? Trust us when we say these views are captivatingly beautiful.

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View 10/10. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Oak Mountain State Park is home to several trails with beautiful, breathtaking views. From waterfalls to wildlife, unplug and spend a whole day hiking these great Birmingham trails.

If you’re looking for a climb, King’s Chair has become famous for its magnificent views over Birmingham.

Freshwater Land Trust
Rotary Trail in Birmingham city centre. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Home to the famous Magic City sign, the Rotary Trail is a great outdoor escape from the bustling city. Follow the path down 1st Ave South for a unique view of Birmingham.

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Railway Park. (Gregory J. Harber / Bham Now)

If you’re looking for an urban trail with stunning views of the Birmingham skyline AND panoramic water views, walk the 2000 step Railroad Park trail. You will pass these steps while enjoying magnificent views of the city. Don’t forget to try one of Birmingham’s favorite cafes, Red Cat, located at Railroad.

Located between North and South Crestwood, this park has a jogging track around lush green grounds, tennis courts and a swimming pool to the side. It’s the perfect place to kick a ball around or just clear your mind on a short walk.

Miss Fancy is back on her pedestal in Avondale Park!  Hooray!  Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Miss Fancy on her pedestal in Avondale Park. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

If you haven’t heard, a new statue of Miss Fancy is coming to Avondale Park. Add this trail to your daily routine, so you can see the progress of installing Miss Fancy.

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Sharing is caring. (Summer Guffey/Bham Now)

Enjoy the hills of Moutain Brook with breathtaking views of beautiful Alabama scenery from creeks, birds, and foliage. As you walk you will also pass the dog park designed by a talented scout for the community.

Vulcan is certainly one of Birmingham’s most iconic tries. At Vulcan Park you’ll find stunning views of the city, plus Birmingham’s history at the Vulcan Museum.

You’ll be happy to know that there are also safe sensory places for people who might be overwhelmed by loud sounds or the outdoors in general.

CityWalk BHAM
CityWalk BHAM. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

When it comes to walking trails in Birmingham, CityWalk has it all. You can stroll the 1/4 mile walking path, relax on the lush grass, or grab a board and skate in Birmingham’s own skate park. I’m one of many waiting for a skate park in Birmingham and now we finally have one at CityWalk.

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