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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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Gorgeous park but needs maps at trailhead

Visiting from out of state for a few days primarily to see Birmingham's civil rights sights, we took a break from those harrowing venues to hike for a couple of hours at Ruffner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Littleton, Colorado
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Littleton, Colorado
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Visiting from out of state for a few days primarily to see Birmingham's civil rights sights, we took a break from those harrowing venues to hike for a couple of hours at Ruffner on a Sunday morning. Unfortunately the park's info center doesn't open til 1 pm then but we hiked on a number of great trails seeing very few... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a fantastic place to get in a short hike on a moments notice. Our favorite hike is out to the quarries.

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Columbus, GA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We visited the park on a Monday morning, parking our car in Irondale at the Ruffner Park baseball/softball fields. The trails are very well-marked with color-coding, and it is possible to take a loop from the ballfields, so that your route is different going in and out. A great variety of hardwoods form a dense canopy that keeps you mostly... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Ruffner Mountain is a great collection of hiking trails, along with a new nature center. Oak Mountain State Park is slightly larger, and overall better with lakes, beaches, waterfalls, and canoeing, but is located out of town and is not as convenient. But for hiking in the woods, seeing wildflowers, getting a good view of the city, the airport, and... More 

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Maryland
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99 reviews 99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Driving into the Entrance was very disappointing. It only got worse. Was not inviting at all. I would have to agree on the other Writer that said it appear to have fallen on hard times. There was no upkeep. Appeared no one has bothered to try to make the place look inviting. If they are looking for a rustic, unkept... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There is always something going on at Ruffner Mountain. From wine walks on moonlit nights for adults to tramping down dark trails lit by pumpkins on Halloween, the fun never ends at this place. The hiking teails are great.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a great preserve with several miles of walking/hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. There is a lot to explore from the crusher to the quarry to just enjoying nature. There are also several places that provide perfect picnic spots and the views of the city are great. The main trail is wide and well marked, but some... More 

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Birmingham
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This reprieve from city life lies just a few miles from the city center of Birmingham. With its walking trails and overlooks, it is a gem of place to get away from the rush of the city. The trails are well maintained with the new visitor’s center are a well-kept secret outside the community of hikers and naturalists in Birmingham.

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

They have a learning center as well as many hiking trails! The trails were my favorite part! Great views! There is also geocache!

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Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A beautiful area with lots of nature. The trails are not well marked or easy to follow. Signs give minimum directions. Printed maps are available at the Visitor Center. Free admission and free parking.

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