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Boulder Gorge Loop

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A hike through the most scenic areas of Moss Rock Preserve.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Lollipop

748' 228 m

High

550' 168 m

Low

235' 72 m

Up

234' 71 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This short hike hits all the highlights of Moss Rock, taking hikers on a tour of everything from rock formations to sandstone glades to the highest waterfall in the park.

Description

From the parking area by Simmons Middle School on Patton Chapel Road (look for the signs for Moss Rock), start on the Orange Trail. The trailhead is located at the back of the parking lot. From here, the trail climbs steadily but gradually up through the gorge toward the waterfall.

At the first junction, turn right on the Orange Trail passing by shoals on Hurricane Creek and boulders along the banks of the stream. You'll climb gradually on this section of the Orange Trail which is mostly level as it follows along the stream; stay to the right at the junction with the Orange Loop Trail.

At just about a mile, you'll come to a four-way intersection; continue straight to head to High Falls. This waterfall is the highest waterfall in the area, and after recent rains is a lovely place for photos.

After taking in the scenery, take the Orange Loop Trail across the creek. Here, the trail winds through the woods passing over Natural Bridge, a small natural bridge and continuing by the rock formations of Rock House Boulders before rejoining the original Orange Trail segment you started on.

Flora & Fauna

Longleaf pines, hardwoods, mountain laurel

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Hoover

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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"High" Falls
Apr 9, 2019 near Hoover, AL
Orange Trail
Apr 9, 2019 near Hoover, AL

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Mar 18, 2020
Katie Tobin
A little hard to find and tougher than it looks with lots of varied footing but overall a fun hike! The waterfall was more of a babbling brooke