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“Unbelievable!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35206
205 833 8264
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Ranked #26 of 94 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: 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.
Atlanta, Georgia
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11 attraction reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Unbelievable!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Its unbelievable to know that:
1.Its a private-owned preserve
2.that much extensive greenery and the natural hike trails are next door to the downtown birmingham.

Beautiful place for a hike. The neighborhood leading to the park as such might raise an eye-brow but trust me, the ride is worth it all. Acres and Acres of untouched foliage and trails that are totally canopied by trees, is a welcome relief from everyday busy schedules. I personally would not want to go there closer to sundown time, as even in broad daylight, the trails dont see much of sunlight. But,if you are in bham and want to take a peaceful hike close to nature, this is your place!!

Visited August 2013
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Los Altos, CA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Unexpected Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I did not expect such an extensive park so close to downtown Birmingham. This park is near the airport. Coming from the San Francisco bay area where there is lot of open space, I was happy to see this so close to the city center. I wish I had the time to do lot more hiking. We were on a very long trip. Surprised that there were not many locals enjoying the beauty.

Visited March 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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“Fun learning experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Nature Center has a Naturalist on staff, and they know how to tailor their information to adults or youth.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A 1036 - acre nature preserve, seven miles from downtown Birmingham!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I've lived in Birmingham since 1978, and first visited Ruffner in '87 - love the miles and miles of trails, woods, rocks, and now added new buildings, picnic and wetland areas. The parking lot is only three miles from the I-20 exit, so I feel (through years of personal experience) that any reviewers' safety concerns are wildly overblown - I live in the neighborhood and have had no problems. Spring, Fall, and Winter are the times of year I enjoy hiking the most - Summer in Bham is steamy and buggy, so bring water and insect repellent then.

Visited January 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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“Definitely Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I came here as part of a large group. Very nice trails to walk, and I loved the all the animals. There was a big aquarium with turtles that we really liked, and they have a great gift shop.

Visited April 2012
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