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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
+1 205-833-8264
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A great mountain hike in the heart of the city

Ruffner Mountain is a treasure. It is relatively easy to find, centrally located, and there is no... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2016
Carman F
Hueytown, Alabama
Overlook trail

A friend and I hiked this trail set up a hammock and relaxed for awhile looking over the city. A... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2016
Tracie H
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This 1,000-acre oasis in downtown Birmingham attracts birdwatchers, hikers and nature lovers to its 11 miles of hiking and walking trails, nature center with native animals, picnic area, gardens, gift shop and special sunset hikes with wine and cheese or moonlight treks with music.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good38%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
+1 205-833-8264

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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Ruffner Mountain is a treasure. It is relatively easy to find, centrally located, and there is no admission cost. You can stop in for a quick hike before shopping in the area, or spend the entire day wandering through the varyingly difficult trails. There are...More

2  Thank Carman F
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

A friend and I hiked this trail set up a hammock and relaxed for awhile looking over the city. A nice way to spend an afternoon

1  Thank Tracie H
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Exploring the trails and views of the city. Very few cars in the parking lot, allowing us to enjoy the trails in seclusion. Public restroom at the visitor center.

1  Thank bayoubarrel
Reviewed 1 June 2016

We went to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center to do a little bird watching. They have a big covered deck that is about 15 feet up so you can bird from there and you feel like you are in the trees. Birding from the parking areas...More

1  Thank Japotter
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Had some time to kill between coming into the airport and business meetings, so I went out to Ruffner Mountain which I had always wanted to see. It was a Monday, so the Visitors Center was unfortunately closed, but between online and a little trail...More

2  Thank Johnny J
Reviewed 10 May 2016

This very little known preserve is one of the most undisturbed, naturally beautiful places you will ever go. My children have enjoyed Ruffner Mountain Preserve practically all their lives. My grown son goes there often even now to enjoy the quiet, (away from the noise...More

Thank leeannenotasulga
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is literally on the edge of the City of Birmingham but feels miles away from the city. They offer guided hikes and often have special events scheduled throughout the year. Check some of the local papers for those events. Or Call...More

Thank james c
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

I have only been here once, but it is nice! It is cute, and I highly recommend. There are some great lookouts over the quarry. There are some pretty cool trails very close to the edge at the top of the lookouts! At the time...More

Thank roawr123
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Drove over from Atl to cache and work! Usually hit up Oak Mtn for caching but had to return something nearby and drive out! Nature center was friendly but I came to see the trials. The mine and such are amazing! Can get muddy in...More

Reviewed 16 March 2016

Went here last week for a hike and had a blast. I broke a sweat, saw some history and enjoyed nature. Hard to believe it is sitting here in the middle of our city. A hidden gem!

Thank awyeth
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3 July 2015|
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Response from nature55_13 | Reviewed this property |
No, because Ruffner Mt. is a nature preserve (not a more general-use park like Oak Mt. or Red Mt.); they want to minimize roadkill of slow-moving animals, and lessen rutting erosion on trails.