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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35206
205 833 8264
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Ranked #17 of 30 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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.

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Trussville, Alabama
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Two of my granddaughters (sisters, both born in August) celebrated their birthdays with a party at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. The party was held in the "Tree House" building. The party space included a large room with plenty of tables and chairs, and a small attached kitchen area with sink, refrigerator, etc. It also had two exits: one onto a... More

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Fayetteville, GA- outside of Atlanta
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband, daughter, and I really enjoyed this lovely shaded hike. It was about 4 miles round-trip to the top and back, and my 6yo daughter did it with out any complaint. It is listed as a "moderate" hike, and that surprised me. There isn't much incline overall, and when you get to the top, you have a nice view... More

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Auburn, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We attended a children's birthday party here, and it was a fun location for a party. The kids got to go on a hike and the staff brought animals out for a little petting zoo. There's a great pavilion that really helped with the intense sun the day we were there. This park has undergone renovations recently and is really... More

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Bonifay, Florida, USA
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was surprised to find such a wooded area in a city. A nice walk/hike to the overlooks to see views of the Birmingham skyline and of the quarries where iron ore used to be mined. There are several paths to hike- one includes an ore crusher from the mining days. Be sure to bring something to drink especially on... More

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
52 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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