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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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Address: 1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35206
Phone Number: 205 833 8264
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Description: This 1,000-acre oasis in downtown Birmingham attracts birdwatchers, hikers...
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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Great place for a hike

A back to nature experience with miles of trails. Very peaceful and not far from the hub bub of town. A nice sitting area off the back of the gift shop area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A back to nature experience with miles of trails. Very peaceful and not far from the hub bub of town. A nice sitting area off the back of the gift shop area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My brother had his wedding here. It was very pretty and we enjoyed ourselves. Beautiful wild flowers are growing everywhere and there are trails to hike. It was very clean and even has native animal exhibits in the tree house building.

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Jemison, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I grew up within bicycle distance from this hidden gem. We spent countless hours confined to it's wood soaring through the wild imagination of children growing up in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984. I have seen this preserve through and through, lifted every stone and put it carefully back into place. I've spoken to the animals that are there for... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The preserve itself isn't the easiest to find, but once you get there, it's a tremendous experience. Very quickly, you forget the urban area that wraps around you as you walk among the trees, plants and wildlife. You'll see all sorts of relics (see the pictures from others) as you explore the area as well.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Excellent place for a day hike. Lots to see. Museum is good too. Staff is friendly. Dogs allowed!! My children went to nature camp here every summer and loved it .

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

To have this park so close to the city is so fortunate. I run there often and can't imagine getting tired of exploring the trails. The overlook for the city is cool, but if you have time, try and hike to one of the crushers. A super cool part of our city's history.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great place to hike! My wife and I loved the trails and beautiful scenery. We usually go on Sundays after church... Pet friendly, but must remain on leash. Would def recc.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great place to hike in Birmingham! This was my first visit to Ruffner Mountain and it will not be my last. The trees provided nice shade for our hike so it didn't feel too hot. Also, I had to use the on-site restroom and it was clean, which was nice. There was also a guide near the entrance where you... More 

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Fort Valley, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Just minutes from downtown Birmingham is this wonderful tree-covered mountain with miles of trails! Unless a plane goes overhead you can't tell you are in the city. It is hilly, but the trails are well maintained. It is a bit slippery after a rain.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a phenomenal park that has some of my favorite trails! Overlook Trail takes you to a wonderful view over a perfect landscape. Also, "The Crusher" is an extremely interesting piece of Alabama's mining history since a lot of mining used to take place here. Not to mention, there are multiple events hosted by the staff, who is also... More 

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