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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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Great place to explore Birmingham history

To have this park so close to the city is so fortunate. I run there often and can't imagine getting tired of exploring the trails. The overlook for the city is cool, but if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

To have this park so close to the city is so fortunate. I run there often and can't imagine getting tired of exploring the trails. The overlook for the city is cool, but if you have time, try and hike to one of the crushers. A super cool part of our city's history.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great place to hike! My wife and I loved the trails and beautiful scenery. We usually go on Sundays after church... Pet friendly, but must remain on leash. Would def recc.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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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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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Additional Information about Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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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