Looking for the best running in Alabama? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Alabama. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Running Spots in and near Alabama

  • Birmingham, Alabama

    Trail Run to Skyhy Tree House at Red Mountain Park

    4.5 mi / 250 ft gain
    From the park entrance there are several ways to get to Skyhy Tree House, and the trail system allows for loops of varying distances and difficulty. There’s a large map about a quarter mile down the main trail from the park entrance, and paper trail maps are usually available at this sign. The tr...
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  • Birmingham, Alabama

    Hike to Ruffner Mountain's Hawk's View Overlook

    2 mi / 200 ft gain
    Park at the little league baseball fields that are across the road from the access point where the trail meets the road on the southeastern corner of the preserve that you can see on the map. Hike up a gentle incline NW on the Ridge and Valley Trail for about fifteen minutes to the trail intersec...
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  • Birmingham, Alabama

    Run at Railroad Park in Downtown Birmingham

    1.5 mi / 20 ft gain
    In many ways, Railroad Park has become a symbol for the revitalization of downtown Birmingham, and it’s helping to ignite a new excitement for the city. Opened in 2010, Railroad Park makes reference to the Steel City’s industrial past, and runs parallel to rail lines that are still used today. Th...
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  • Mountain Brook, Alabama

    Jemison Park Nature Trail

    3.37 mi / 210 ft gain
    Jemison Park is a 54-acre green space located in historic Mountain Brook. The main stretch of trail runs alongside Mountain Brook Parkway on one side and Shades Creek on the other, for a total of about 2 miles when connected with the Nature Trail and the Watkins Trace Trail. The park includes a f...
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  • Pelham, Alabama

    Lake Trail Loop

    3.02 mi / 0 ft gain
    The 2.3 mile Lake Trail runs more than two-thirds of the way around Double Oak Lake, from the South Trailhead to the marina and can easily be made into a 3 mile loop by connecting onto the paved road, Terrace Drive. In comparison to many other hiking trails throughout the park, the Lake Trail gen...
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  • Chief Ladiga Trail, Alabama

    Run the Chief Ladiga Trail

    33 mi
    At 33 miles long, the Chief Ladiga Trail is a popular destination for walkers, runners, and cyclists alike. Formerly a railroad track, the trail is now paved and mostly flat. The Ladiga trail runs through the cities of Anniston, Weaver, Jacksonville, Piedmont, and eventually connects to Georgia’s...
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  • Fort Payne, Alabama

    Little River Canyon

    1.33 mi / 180 ft gain
    Little River Canyon is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Fort Payne, Alabama.
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  • Wetumpka, Alabama

    Hike Swayback Bridge Trail

    4.6 mi / 272 ft gain
    Just 15 miles and 20 minutes north of central Alabama’s capital city, Montgomery. You will usually meet someone, but rarely find Swayback Bridge area crowded. It is a classic compact hiking and biking trail in central Alabama. Designed as a single track biking trail system bikers and hikers mingl...
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  • Birmingham, Alabama

    King's Chair Overlook via White and Blue Trail Loop

    4.76 mi / 630 ft gain
    King's Chair Overlook via White and Blue Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pelham, Alabama.
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  • Madison, Alabama

    Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail

    1.51 mi / 328 ft gain
    Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Madison, Alabama.
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  • Birmingham, Alabama

    Kings Chair Loop

    4.24 mi / 577 ft gain
    The Kings Chair Loop trail in Birmingham, Alabama is a well-known hiking trail that offers a variety of natural features and scenic landmarks. The trail is approximately 4.24 miles long and is rated as moderate in difficulty. It is best known for its panoramic views from the King's Chair overlook...
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