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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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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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Hidden Gem of Birmingham

Beautiful fall color on a nice cool fall day. Easy strolls through the woods or more streneous hikes are available. The trails are nicely marked and maintained and the staff are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
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Hayden, Alabama
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Hayden, Alabama
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111 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful fall color on a nice cool fall day. Easy strolls through the woods or more streneous hikes are available. The trails are nicely marked and maintained and the staff are very friendly. We love the overlooks and quarry

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1 Thank Kayla2019
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Fun afternoon of fun exploring. We didn't hike the entire area. We definitely plan on going back soon!!!

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Phoenix
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138 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

It's a good place for a walk in the woods in the morning. Summers and afternoons can get a little sticky. The park was once a mining area but it has been converted into a natural space. Good place to learn about the local trees, etc.

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1 Thank subterranean_jack
Wichita, Kansas
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109 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Enjoyable hike. Well marked trails through woodlands offered a reprieve from the city, within the city. At the welcome center, an employee showed us the trails on a large wall map and gave us a complimentary hard copy. Donations were accepted. Ample free parking, bathrooms, and a covered picnic area were available. Per the park ranger, the entrance/exit gates no... More 

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2 Thank J W
Baltimore, United States
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We frequented the trails here a couple times a month for years, before we sadly moved out of Birmingham city. Love love love this nature preserve. Great trails, nice overlooks, and great community center with animal displays. (cool architecture too!) I think it would be a great place to host a party or a smaller company convention or something. (Awesome... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A well kept landmark of the Birmingham area. Trails are well marked thought most are less than 1.0 miles. Two ro three are between 1.2 and 1.8 miles. Though one may combine connected trails for a longer trek. The Park center is quite nice, the staff are friendly, there are conference facilities for hire, and a small gift shop. Small... More 

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1 Thank Peter W
Gulf Breeze, Florida
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51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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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1 Thank MIKE O
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank Amber S
Jemison, Alabama
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Thank krismyth
Birmingham, Alabama
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456 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
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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