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“Easily accessible, great views, varied terrain and habitat”

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Ranked #22 of 93 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
birmingham, alabama
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Easily accessible, great views, varied terrain and habitat”
Reviewed 28 December 2011

Whether you want a vigorous hike or a leisurely stroll Ruffner Mountain has trails to accommodate your taste. Ruffner is easily accessible from both the Northern and Southern sides. From where I live, Ruffner Road offers two easy access points. One the easy trail to the wetlands and the other is the trail by the Irondale Sports Complex which offers a trail going up the mountain with plenty of optional side trails.

Visited December 2011
3 Thank cooterp14
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great park, bad area of town so be careful!”
Reviewed 7 September 2011

I had no idea what area of town I was driving into, now that I have lived here for a while I know. It is a rough, high crime, shooting area so lock your doors on the drive up. Once you get there you are transformed into a beautiful nature reserve with nice hiking trails and a nature are with animals that you can show the kids.

Visited October 2010
4 Thank TsZappaGirl
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Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Hard to find / Closed with no reason provided”
Reviewed 9 January 2010

I got the address from Trip Advisor and checked with the Ruffner Mountain Park website. I went to the address and the road was blocked with a chain. There was no sign and no explanation.

2 Thank Joe_33
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Birmingham, Ala.
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An urban respite worth experiencing.”
Reviewed 27 April 2009

This wonderful 1,100 acre tract of land is just minutes from downtown Birmingham. It's wonderful trails bring you to great views of the city, historic mining relicts as well and peaceful private locations. Visitors to the city as well its residents need to plan a trip, even a short one, to this quite gem.

5 Thank BobFarley
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Ruffner Mountain's Great Makeover”
Reviewed 18 March 2009

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center is a great place to hike and if you enjoy birding there are a wide variety of birds to be seen. Even though it is very close to town, once you are out on the trails you would never know it. They are building a new visitor center and the construction site is messy, but once you get out on the trails it is great. The visitor center is in the South Eastlake area and that is the main trailhead. On the Ruffner Rd side in Irondale there is a small parking lot across from an autobody place and you can also hike to the wetlands from there. The new visitor center looks like it will be great and I have never had any problems with the location. Very convenient. Although they don't charge an admission fee right now, I think that will probably change when they open the new buildings. They already charge fees for programs. I hope the weekend programs start up again after the new center is open. We miss the wine and cheese hikes and the guided hikes on the mountain. Always learn something new about plants there.

3 Thank forestguide
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