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Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35206
205 833 8264
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Ranked #18 of 43 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This park is very close to town and in the middle of a neighborhood. The trails are very nice and of all levels of difficulty. There is a visitors center with bathrooms, gift shop, vending machines and trail maps. The trails are well marked and even though the park is near town, if you "unplug" yourself from earphones you can... More

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I first visited the center shortly after moving from Montgomery to my loft downtown. I've known of the center for a few years and many friends have told me what how much they enjoyed hiking here but I just had no idea until I saw it for myself. It is beautiful and I recently learned that it is larger than... More

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New York City, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I had never been to Birmingham before and I was looking forward to having a day to explore the city and what it has to offer. I had read about the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, so I went there in the early afternoon, hoping to do some hiking. The Nature Center and the visitor's facilities, near the parking lot, all... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is our favorite hiking area because it is so close to town. It is located just East of the airport. There is good parking and a lovely Nature Pavilion. There is a moderate 300 foot climb at the beginning of the trail. You can then hike an easy 4 mile loop that has spectacular views of Birmingham and the... More

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Hoover, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Its unbelievable to know that: 1.Its a private-owned preserve 2.that much extensive greenery and the natural hike trails are next door to the downtown birmingham. Beautiful place for a hike. The neighborhood leading to the park as such might raise an eye-brow but trust me, the ride is worth it all. Acres and Acres of untouched foliage and trails that... More

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Los Altos, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I did not expect such an extensive park so close to downtown Birmingham. This park is near the airport. Coming from the San Francisco bay area where there is lot of open space, I was happy to see this so close to the city center. I wish I had the time to do lot more hiking. We were on a... More

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Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Nature Center has a Naturalist on staff, and they know how to tailor their information to adults or youth.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I've lived in Birmingham since 1978, and first visited Ruffner in '87 - love the miles and miles of trails, woods, rocks, and now added new buildings, picnic and wetland areas. The parking lot is only three miles from the I-20 exit, so I feel (through years of personal experience) that any reviewers' safety concerns are wildly overblown - I... More

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Halifax, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 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.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 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.

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