Preserve East Loop

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Moss Rock Preserve
in Jefferson County


N 33.381892
E -86.840288





Time 0.5 hrs Loop
Distance 1.0 mi

If you’re looking for a shorter hike at Moss Rock, this loop offers a great view of the boulder field and stream. It leaves time for a hammock hang or to sit long the creek and enjoy a good book. The hike started at the Moss Rock parking lot located in the center of the park. The gravel parking lot is accessed from the Preserve Parkway. As you enter the park you will pass the first of several large boulders. If you’re into bouldering, it’s a great place to stop off and enjoy a quick climb or two. As you make your way down the hill, you will come head on into the creek. At the creek, bear right and continue along the white trail as it passes a small waterfall and ascends a slight rise.

As you descend the rise, you will cross one of the four Boy Scout bridges in the park. The trail continues along the creek giving a nice view of the water and wildflowers during the spring. The path is clay and sand with a few large rocks. As you come to the next bridge, you will continue straight and up a steep hill out of the valley. At the top is a dirty path, once a logging road, which will take you back to the parking lot.

If you are looking for a short, easy hike with plenty of places to stop and take in a creek view, this trail has much to offer. You can also combine this hike with the Moss Rock West & Central Loop for a longer, slightly more challenging hike that explores the entire Moss Rock Preserve.


From US-31 in Hoover, take Chapel Road to Moss Rock Parkway. At the second roundabout, take a left uphill into the gravel parking lot.

Trail added on March 24, 2014
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