5 hikes around Birmingham to try this spring (maps included)

Hiking boots encouraged, not required. Photo via Unsplash

Over these past several weeks (months?? years?? I’ve lost count) of social distancing, I’ve tried many activities. Baking. Embroidering. DIY projects on an apartment I do not own. So far, trying out new hiking trails is definitely my favorite—and probably the smartest. Check out these five around the Birmingham metro and get outside (6ft apart, of course).

Know Before You Go

Birmingham and the surrounding areas are full of incredible natural beauty. It’s one of my favorite things about living here. Taking advantage of the great outdoors has always been something locals enjoy, but now, it’s more appealing than ever.

The City of Birmingham is still under a “shelter in place” ordinance, which is a great effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s so important to take these measures seriously and stay updated as changes occur. However, outdoor exercise is still allowed, and hiking is a great way to do it.

Make sure to stay 6 feet apart from others at all times. In most cases, this shouldn’t be a huge issue. The trails on this list generally offer less foot traffic, at least in my experience. However, I also have seen how busy the entrance to areas like Red Mountain Park can get. Be sure to stay distant and stay safe!

1—Grace’s Gap Overlook

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Granola couple #socialdistancing

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  • Location: Red Mountain Park
  • Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.44518, -86.86239
  • Distance: 3.9 miles
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Cost: Free (donations encouraged)
Map via AllTrails

2—Moss Rock Preserve Loop

Moss Rock is full of great views, but I must admit I’m partial to this one. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now
  • Location: Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover
  • Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.38610, -86.83180
  • Distance: 5.2 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Cost: Free
Map via AllTrails

3—Peavine Falls

Oak Mountain gems are some of my personal favorites. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now
  • Location: Oak Mountain State Park
  • Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.30237, -86.76199
  • Distance: 1.6 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Cost: $5/person for day pass
Map via AllTrails

4—Ridge Walk

The old mines at Red Mountain Park provide some pretty cool water break spots. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now
  • Location: Red Mountain Park
  • Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.44490, -86.86297
  • Distance: 5.3 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Cost: Free (donations encouraged)
Map via AllTrails

5—White Trail at Oak Mountain

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a very good Sunday, though my boots may disagree

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  • Location: Oak Mountain State Park
  • Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.35714, -86.70481
  • Distance: 12.2 miles
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Cost: $5/person for day pass
Map via AllTrails

Stay distant, stay safe, and get outside! What are your favorite trails to hit around Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow

  • A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.