Moss Rock Preserve is a beautiful 349 acre nature preserve abundant with forest systems, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife, and other unique natural features. What is unique about Moss Rock is that it is located in – and belongs to the residents of – the city of Hoover. Currently, Moss Rock Preserve is home to four rare species of plants and a rare variant of Little River Canyon Sandstone Glade that is thought to be 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 health and sustainability.
Nearly 12 miles of hiking trails have been constructed within the boundaries of Moss Rock Preserve. These trails allow visitors 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; UAB Into The Streets, Southeastern Climbers Coalition; Boy and Girls Scouts of America; Hands on Birmingham; Freshwater Land Trust; Ruffner Mountain Nature Center; Americorps and various church and civic organizations have all graciously dedicated their time to improving Moss Rock. Hoover appreciates each of you!
There are potential Eagle Project opportunities at Moss Rock Preserve. If you are interested in a project at Moss Rock Preserve, email the City of Hoover or call 205-739-7141 for more information.