Very extensive trails and rock climbing. Great to take dogs and spend the day outside the streams and water falls are great
Review by Calpal5 months ago
A moderately easy trail hiking wise. The water flows beautifully after heavy rain. There's a cute little village with some shops and a restaurant before the entrance to Moss Rock. It's honestly a really great place to relax and just enjoy nature.
Review by Ainslie9 months ago
What an amazing place! My best friend for married here and the views were spectacular. The walk to the waterfall was a little daunting for this clumsy girl, but we made it and I was in awe of the running water. The ceremony was great and fortunately no one else crashed the party. The cave on the way back was fun for kids, too!
Review by Aongelic Masraff11 months ago
This isn't about the Preserve but the neighborhood right now. I love love love Christmas lights and are always looking to find a good light show!
I had read the neighborhood was decorated pretty through out and decided to drive through.
It mainly white light but almost all the trees and homes are lit up! The night I went it was a little misty out so gave the illusion of a pretty Christmas village! So pretty!!
The horse and carriage was there to escort those are who would enjoy a slow horse drawn ride through the village.
We drove around and soaked up the view! Definitely worth a drive through during the holidays!
Review by Invetex1 year ago
Great place to hike or go rock climbing. In the spring, there are beautiful flowers and the waterfalls are flowing. It is so nice to have this little spot of nature in an urban setting. Parking is ample at the Moss Rock Preserve parking lots near their neighborhood. Also have sidewalks along the road for those who want to hike.
Review by LordCole1 year ago
Beautiful! I do hate that they keep taking away homes for the deer to create more homes for the people. People there are enough vacant homes for sale in other locations.... stop running the animals out of their homes!
Review by Kedren1 year ago
This is my new, favorite place to hike in Alabama. A close second to Cheaha State Park. They have a few trails you can follow but be careful you can still get lost fairly easily. We tried to follow the signs but there will be little trails that can throw you off. We went during summer time so we didn't see much of a waterfall. It's still a great hike considering there's tons of shade everywhere. There are lost of big boulders too which is unusual. Last time I climbed on any boulders was in Arcadia national park in Maine. This reminded me of that so I had a great time going through the boulders. OH!! Not to mention they have an area right beside it call The Preserve. A very nice housing community and two restaurants. Both are patio friendly for dogs. Did I mention it's free to hike here! GO NOW AND GET YO FITNESS ON.
Review by Shamrock1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed the scenery around the creek and boulder field. However, I think the trails are not well maintained and need more frequent blazes. I am a moderately experienced hiker and I found myself needing to backtrack to regain the trail; the red trail ends almost entirely at the top of the hill and I had to go back down to the street to find the crossing. If you go here, you need to be sure to print off a copy of the trail map, you will likely get lost if you don't.
Review by Cadenza1 year ago
I love Moss Rock! It's free to get in and dog friendly. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful!
Review by Raiden Munsif1 year ago
Wanna hangout with fit people and their dogs, and tons of families on the weekends? This is your spot. Close enough to Birmingham, but feels like another world. Connect with the nature, unplug from the devices and the rat race. We found the trail markers helpful, to non-existent, maybe print a map from the interwebs? There's a "waterfall" or two, but go to noccalula (it's way more rushing agua and all that). Enjoyable place to spend some time. Elevation varies, trails may contain roots etc, watch your step (no one loves a rolled ankle).
Review by Vanah2 years ago
Father son day! Son chose hiking as our activity. This place is close and we've never been and it's free (trifecta). We parked in the Sulfer Springs lot and took the blue trail around and down through the water fall and looped at Boulder field up past Frog Pond. I would consider the vast majority of the trail easy with some modestly moderate areas to maneuver around the waterfall and if you elect to explore the area surrounding the Great Wall, the Boulder Field and High Cliffs.
We saw virtually everything within a couple leisurely hrs of hiking with plenty of goofy photo ops.
The main trails are well marked, wide and largely clear of obstructions.
This is a great spot to introduce children to hiking, family hikes, hikes with pets or if you just want to leisurely hike with minimal effort.
There are 2 entrances. There is minimal parking at the Sulfer Springs lot. The main entrance is equipped to handle more patrons. Virtually everyone we ran across had dogs or small children. I'm very glad we gave this place a shot today. Next time I will likely bring my 2 yr old daughter along and park at the main entrance which puts you right at Boulder Field and the base of the waterfall and cliffs.
Review by PPress2 years ago
My date and I had never been to Moss Rock Preserve so we decided one Friday morning to give it a go! We parked in the free parking lot next to the little restaurants and shops (I would definitely love to come back and check those out!). We got out of the car and headed on what seemed like an obvious trail.
We came upon some beautiful rocks, but we were confused because there really weren't any trail markers. Maybe we weren't on the right trail or in the right place? We walked around the huge rocks and made our way to a little river with a bridge over it. We sat on the bridge by the water for a little bit, and kept walking.
We stumbled upon a little waterfall that emptied into the little river. We climbed up some big rocks to get closer to the falls and found more falls! It was gorgeous! There really weren't any people when we were hiking around so it was as it we had it to ourselves. I was really shocked to find some cacti growing on top of the rock! In a really wet place!
Anyways, we will return another day where we can spend more time exploring the park and when it's not so hot/cold (this was on that random cold Friday in April). Loved it!
Review by Nemiche2 years ago
This place is absolutely gorgeous! We went on Memorial Day and, although there were tons of cars in the parking lot, there are so many different trails we rarely ran into anyone. The entire grounds are gorgeous including a huge waterfall. It's a short and easy trip to if you only have a few hours to spare!
Review by UwePalimpa Arath2 years ago
The kids love going hiking and/or climbing there. It's great for all ages.
You can take the dog on a leash. They can enjoy running in the streams and waterfalls. (Bring a towel for kids and dogs)
Review by Mikie2 years ago
Great place to go hiking with nice views. Came here with my family and our dogs and really enjoyed it. Nice place to just unwind and take in the scenery!
Review by Kudie2 years ago
Very large park that is great for getting the dogs out for an afternoon adventure. Several different access points to the park. They have large boulder fields that attract a variety of people interested in climbing activities. Lots of people hiking with their pets (everyone is so friendly out here). There are streams and rock formations that can easily be climbed. Also, there are several different paths that can be explored. The paths are all pretty well kept and wide. I can tend to get poison oak/ivy very badly and have never encountered any myself or on my dog. Great if you are looking for an outdoor excursion!
Review by DenPick3 years ago
If you enjoy rock climbing, this is a park with several large boulders for free climbing. There are also rustic trails with well over 300 acres of land for roaming. There is also a small creek with mini water cascades when it rains.
Review by CDriver Flesborg3 years ago
Nice place to go for a short hike or sit on the rocks and just relax. Getting around the preserve can be a bit confusing because there isn't a very good map for the place or trail markers, but it's fun to wander. Also, it can get a little crowded sometimes on the rocks. But it is quite a unique place to visit and unwind!
Review by Duvil Bielicka3 years ago
Good hiking. Challenging to easy. Lots of overlooks and cool spots along the trails. Well maintained. Just a really nice area to spend some time and get some excercise.
Review by SummerRose3 years ago
Welcome to the great outdoors! This is a nice rock sanctuary in Hoover. Very nice trails for exploring, hiking, rock climbing and creeks to get your feet wet.
Bring your dog and get ready to have some fun.
This place can get crowded on nice days. Especially in the common area where the boulders are.
Please, please pay attention to which trails you are on and where you are.
On hot days, beware of snakes. They are everywhere around the water out there.
I really love to come here either with my dog or kiddos. There is so much you can do and explore. The kids love the rocks and hidden trails away from the crowds.
Definitely worth the visit!
Review by AnhLe3 years ago
We visited the park in late May. It was a really nice place to hike, and the boulder field was awesome. I give it 4 stars because there are very few markings on the trails. The directions on the map are not that clear either. It would be much nicer if the trails were better marked.
We visited the waterfalls. Unfortunately there was no water. I guess there hadn't been much rain so the flow over the falls was literally in drops. Not the fault of the park, just a weather related item. Will go back again to see water going over the falls, it would be pretty cool.
Review by Bjarnheidur3 years ago
Awesome place to go for a day. Great hiking, beautiful scenery. We always have a great time. Bring the doggies and your poo bags!
You can hike along the water and cross the streams if you want. Boulder field has giant boulders to climb on. A lot of them have an easy way to get on top or you can truly climb them if you want. Some of them have some really unique features.
There are different places to park that take you into different areas. Download a map to see where you want to go.
Review by JoannaN3 years ago
I just love this park. the boulder fields are really cool and the hiking is great. We took our dog on his leash and he loved the waterfalls and rock climbing. We let him off-leash for a short bit to explore and he was in heaven. The whole park is so much more than the Boulder field or the waterfall, and it's great that there is hiking for all levels of health and experience. We even saw a guy in a hammock just enjoying the peace. The only drawback I can see is that there is a great deal of graffiti on the boulders, but there was actually someone out there cleaning it off when we went. We will be back often!
Review by Bafford3 years ago
Nice park. Clean. Huge. Lots of diversity in what you see. Streams. Huge boulders on the sides of hills. This allows you to climb one side or just walk on top from the other. Long expanse of water falls. One area has a massive slab of flat rock. Many kids are usually out and about exploring and many people with pets. Time of year you visit really doesn't matter. Just dress accordingly. For easy access Boulder Fields park at the entrance near the Preserve housing area. If you like the outdoors at all this should not be missed.
Review by Raiku Ilgaz4 years ago
This is a really nice place to go hiking with good views. However, it is a pain in the ass to find your way around. A lot of the trails are not well marked or break off two ways with it being unclear which way to go. Of course, we got lost. We followed the signs for boulder field as soon as we got there, the signs kept saying we were getting closer and closer. But, then the signs just stopped having boulder field on them even though we never reached it. My mom was able to find it the next time she went and she said we were no where near it even though had followed the signs. It is a beautiful place and I'd like to see the boulder field next time, just needs to be more clearly marked. Also, it is very secluded in parts so be sure to have something to protect yourself just incase.