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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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A refuge in the middle of the suburbs

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Birmingham
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I love the natural grasses and native landscaping in the middle of a city!! I am a little confused that some comments were negative and thinking that the area had "fallen on hard times"???? Obviously, some folks do not get out much! The grassy area and plants are deliberate and add a natural feel to the more modern/woodsy architecture of... More 

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Trussville, Alabama
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69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
61 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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