Presented by:
Friends of Moss Rock Preserve

Join the Friends of Moss Rock Preserve as they lead Interpretive Hikes in the 350 acre Moss Rock Preserve (nature preserve) adjacent to The Preserve neighborhood and festival site.



Sign up and meet up for all hikes at the Friends of Moss Rock Preserve booth at their booth located at Booth 348 at the top of the Orange Artist Row, west of the Village Green.

While there, be sure to sign up for the NEW Moss Rock Preserve App! As a way to say thank you for 10 great years of exploring Nature, Eco-Ideas, Art + Design, Moss Rock Festival is giving away a 10th BIRTHDAY GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY TO COMMEMORATE ITS DECADE MILESTONE. The festival is offering 100 lucky Nature Enthusiasts the new Moss Rock Preserve App showcasing a comprehensive TRAIL MAP to easily navigate the 350 acre nature preserve. Enjoy the active lifestyle and the beauty of Nature knowing you’ll never get lost! MRF visitors will receive the code and instructions once you sign up for the app at the Festival. Special thanks to CartoTracks for creating and sponsoring this app and the City of Hoover’s Urban Forestry Department and Friends of Moss Rock Preserve for their support.


Introduction to Moss Rock Preserve
11:00 am – Saturday & Sunday
This introductory hike will allow visitors to view the geology and plant life of this unique area.

Moss Rock Backcountry Tour
1:00 pm – Saturday & Sunday

Hike to landmarks in the western portion of the area such as the Great Wall, Hidden Glade and High Cliffs.  2 miles roundtrip.  A significant amount of natural history interpretation will be given during the first section of the hike.  Participants who would like a shorter walk can stop in the Boulderfield-Hidden Falls area near the start of the hike and return on their own.  Distance to Hidden Falls and back to the festival is 3/4 miles roundtrip.

Download the Moss Rock plant and animal species list.

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