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“Definitely Worth a Visit”

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Ranked #25 of 97 things to do in Birmingham
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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.
Reviewed 5 January 2013

I came here as part of a large group. Very nice trails to walk, and I loved the all the animals. There was a big aquarium with turtles that we really liked, and they have a great gift shop.

3  Thank RealRater
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

This is a gem in the middle of civilization. There are beautiful hiking trails and a diversity of wildlife to see, both in the nature center and on the trails. There is really no time of year that is bad to go and it is an excellent way to relax and appreciate some quiet in a busy week.

3  Thank Marie R
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

This park can take up an entire day. Make sure to bring a GPS to look for nuggets of geocaching. Go when its not to hot.

4  Thank Steve W
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

This place is great but the drive getting there is seedy and not worth the risk if your alone or with kids. Wish I didn't have to put that because it over shadows this nice nature center.

4  Thank Jen Z
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

Take my summer campers there every year. The staff is extremely knowledgeable Alabama wildlife and environmental issues and the guides are expertly trained. This summer one of my kids fell down while hiking and the guide responded immediately and knew exactly what to do. Extremely impressed with their "green" way of operating.

3  Thank marvalynd
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