Ruffner Mountain can be accessed from the Birmingham side, which has the Nature Center, or the Irondale side, on Ruffner Road across the street from Ruffner ball park.
They are currently working on a new nature center, so there is a lot of construction mess, but it is still open! It is free, though donations are accepted. I highly recommend hiking as many of the trails as possible. I usually do the quarry trail and 5 mile trail. The quarry and overlooks are amazing. There is also a new Wetlands area which can be driven to, or hiked to by a very challenging trail. I think this place will be a magnificent attraction once the Nature Center is complete!
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