Moss Rock Preserve is a fun little community trail system in Hoover, Alabama—a suburb of Birmingham. The entire system is not very large. You could trail-run it all in one morning. It appears to be a project created and maintained by local Eagle Scouts.
There is signage along the trails, but it’s not very reliable. When you add the fact that there are countless side trails that lead to roads, spurs, and neighborhoods, you’re better off relying on your sense of direction and your GPS app.
I wanted to get a few more miles in after exploring Red Mountain Park earlier that morning. I specifically wanted to see the boulder field. I think that was the longest trail, so it worked out great.
There were many people on the trails even though it was Christmas morning. I can’t imagine how crowded it must be on a summer Saturday. This appears to be as much of a dog walking area as a hiking one. Nothing is strenuous and you can go as long or short as you want to go. It’s worth dropping by if you’re in the area.
I listened to The Atlantis Plague while hiking at Moss Rock Preserve. I’m still not sold on this story, but I feel like I’ve invested too much time not to finish it.