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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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Very Natural!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2014
Sarah H
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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98 reviews 98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 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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