Moss Rock Preserve

Moss Rock Preserve

at Moss Rock Preserve

A perfect balance of nature and community, Moss Rock Preserve is a beautiful 250 acre nature preserve abundant with trees and plants, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife and other unique natural features. Currently Moss Rock Preserve is home to four rare species of plants and a rare variant of Little River Canyon Sandstone Glade – one of only 35 occurrences known around the world!

Moss Rock Preserve’s Boulder Field is a favorite among rock climbers. With numerous technical formations, these boulders appeal to climbers of all skill levels. The City of Hoover is fortunate that these and other natural features exist in Moss Rock. As such, Moss Rock Preserve has been dedicated as a nature preserve in order to insure its long-term survivability.

Nearly 10 miles of hiking footpaths have been constructed within Moss Rock Preserve. These paths allow visitors and nature enthusiasts to witness the beauty of Moss Rock up close and personal. Trail construction and maintenance as well as other general maintenance items within Moss Rock are being carried out primarily by dedicated groups of volunteers. Groups like the Friends of Moss Rock Preserve; Southeastern Climbers Coalition; Ruffner Mountain Nature Center; Americorps; Boy Scouts of America; Hands on Birmingham; and various church and civic organizations have all graciously dedicated their time to improving Moss Rock. Hoover appreciates each of you!

Possibly the most unique feature of Moss Rock Preserve is that it belongs to the Hoover community. With increased use, Moss Rock will become more and more dependant on this community for its maintenance and general well being. In June of 2003, the City of Hoover adopted Ordinance # 03-1973 to aid in the protection and preservation of Moss Rock Preserve. Preserve Rules signs are currently posted at various trail heads around Moss Rock Preserve.

If you are interested in volunteering at Moss Rock Preseve and/or if you would like to be added to the email list of Moss Rock volunteers, please contact the City of Hoover by phone at (205) 739-7141 or by email at

Visit the TrekBirmingham website to learn about the area’s geology, biodiversity, ecology and watershed.

Map and Trail Guide

Boulder Field Map




Admission Info


Dates & Times

2011/11/08 - 2037/01/01

Additional time info:

sun up to sundown

Location Info

Moss Rock Preserve

617 Preserve Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35226