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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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Enjoyable hike. Well marked trails through woodlands offered a reprieve from the city, within the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2015
Wichita, Kansas
Wonderful trails.

We frequented the trails here a couple times a month for years, before we sadly moved out of... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2015
Angela C
Baltimore, United States
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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.
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  • 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 2 October 2015

Enjoyable hike. Well marked trails through woodlands offered a reprieve from the city, within the city. At the welcome center, an employee showed us the trails on a large wall map and gave us a complimentary hard copy. Donations were accepted. Ample free parking, bathrooms,...More

2  Thank J W
Reviewed 2 October 2015

We frequented the trails here a couple times a month for years, before we sadly moved out of Birmingham city. Love love love this nature preserve. Great trails, nice overlooks, and great community center with animal displays. (cool architecture too!) I think it would be...More

2  Thank Angela C
Reviewed 29 September 2015

A well kept landmark of the Birmingham area. Trails are well marked thought most are less than 1.0 miles. Two ro three are between 1.2 and 1.8 miles. Though one may combine connected trails for a longer trek. The Park center is quite nice, the...More

1  Thank Peter W
Reviewed 2 September 2015

A back to nature experience with miles of trails. Very peaceful and not far from the hub bub of town. A nice sitting area off the back of the gift shop area.

1  Thank MIKEO960
Reviewed 25 August 2015

My brother had his wedding here. It was very pretty and we enjoyed ourselves. Beautiful wild flowers are growing everywhere and there are trails to hike. It was very clean and even has native animal exhibits in the tree house building.

Thank Amber S
Reviewed 20 August 2015

I grew up within bicycle distance from this hidden gem. We spent countless hours confined to it's wood soaring through the wild imagination of children growing up in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984. I have seen this preserve through and through, lifted every stone and...More

Thank krismyth
Reviewed 4 August 2015

Excellent place for a day hike. Lots to see. Museum is good too. Staff is friendly. Dogs allowed!! My children went to nature camp here every summer and loved it .

Thank lynnj_11
Reviewed 28 July 2015

To have this park so close to the city is so fortunate. I run there often and can't imagine getting tired of exploring the trails. The overlook for the city is cool, but if you have time, try and hike to one of the crushers....More

1  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Great place to hike! My wife and I loved the trails and beautiful scenery. We usually go on Sundays after church... Pet friendly, but must remain on leash. Would def recc.

Thank Beachin_B
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Great place to hike in Birmingham! This was my first visit to Ruffner Mountain and it will not be my last. The trees provided nice shade for our hike so it didn't feel too hot. Also, I had to use the on-site restroom and it...More

1  Thank LalaB707
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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.