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Marian Harnach Nature Trail

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Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer loop
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 98' 30 m
Descent: -97' -30 m
High: 1,008' 307 m
Low: 939' 286 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Chelsea Root

Narrow trail, but easy to navigate. Leisure trail that is great for beginners.

Chelsea Root

Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views

Family Friendly The trail is not so difficult that smaller children cannot walk it.

A $3 donation is requested to access the trail. Price options are the following:

$3 trail use fee
$7 monthly membership fee
$80 yearly membership fee

Find out more on the Ruffner Mountain website.

Overview

A great hike for families or beginners or a good loop to start a longer hike at Ruffner Mountain.

Need to Know

Bathroom access is at the main parking area. It is free to park and free to access Ruffner, although a $3 donation is requested to access the trail.

Description

There are two ways to get to the Nature Trail (pink markers). You can access via the Geology Trail which will dead end where you can go right or left onto the Nature Trail, or you can access the trail to the left of the facility at the trailhead.

This map marker was accessed at the trailhead to the left of the facility. The trail map says Marian Harnach Nature Trail, but all signage just says "Nature Trail."

It is an easy trail that can be done at a leisurely pace. If taking dogs, there are spots with a good bit of burs that can get in their fur, so be mindful of them wandering too far off trail.

The trail is narrow and mostly singletrack for its entirety. There are several spots where only one person can pass at a time. Scattered on the trail are benches and informative posts that display information about the limestone, foliage, and fauna off the trail.

This would be great for curious kids to take a easy walk while also learning about about their surroundings.

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ADA Accessible, Flora & Fauna, History & Background

Contacts

Land Manager: Ruffner Mountain

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Along the Nature trail (Pink markers)
Jan 15, 2019 near Irondale, AL
Trail is narrow but not too bad
Jan 15, 2019 near Irondale, AL
View of the Nature Center from the trail
Jan 15, 2019 near Irondale, AL
Good parking and signs.
Nov 12, 2016 near Irondale, AL
Informational Displays along the trail
Jan 15, 2019 near Irondale, AL

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