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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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Nice Close Place To Take A Hike

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Fort Valley, Georgia
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Lucedale, Mississippi
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Lots of trails to choose from! Trails can be "mixed and matched" to create the hike of your desired length and difficulty. Great views of the mountains and mined areas (as opposed to views of the city). Very friendly staff. No charge, but donations were accepted.

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Littleton, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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29 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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6 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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Additional Information about Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Address: Address: 1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35206
Phone Number: 205 833 8264
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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