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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Late evening hike.

My son and his family met me here late in the evening and we planned on a sunset hike and to stay... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Alabaster, Alabama
A surprise attraction so close to town

The preserve was a pleasant surprise to find it so close to one of the state's largest metropolitan... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Oneonta, Alabama
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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...more
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1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

My son and his family met me here late in the evening and we planned on a sunset hike and to stay after dark. When I arrived the park was crowded but the crowds soon dissipated. The office/nature center is rather small and disappointing. And...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

The preserve was a pleasant surprise to find it so close to one of the state's largest metropolitan areas. I suspect a lot of Alabama travelers aren't aware of the preserve which is almost a well kept traveler's secret. If you go there is a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank wruple
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Decided to do a little hiking on one of the highly recommended trails in Birmingham. Ruffner Mountain is an absolute must as the scenery is breathtaking and there are many different paths/trails that provide different views/experiences for everyone. We took the beginning of the Quarry...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank mae_438
Reviewed November 26, 2018

Make sure you wear your best walking/hiking shoes because you'll be here for a few hours. This is even great for kids who just need some open areas to get out and run. Guaranteed to provide a quiet car ride after.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank cubscoutmomga
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This Nature park had some very nice trails. If you are looking for a place to get out into the woods near downtown Birmingham, check out Ruffner Mountain. Not much to see in the nature center besides a few snakes and turtles but I would...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 754rw
Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is a hidden jewel just minutes from my family's house. I have been in the area a lot, but, decided recently to stop by and take a quick view. Very Nice.

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank eagoodale
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Lots of nice trails that traverse this wonderful bit of nature. Hiking for every level. Kids to the older folks love it..........

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Greg W
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Saw this on TripAdvisor, plugged the address in and had to hold onto the wheel - where are we going??? Well, we are going to one of the best nature trails and MORE that you will ever find. Take the kids, there's interactive exhibits in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank beckysC8937UJ
Reviewed April 8, 2018

This is a treasured gem. It's not easy to find, but worth every anxious moment of possible wrong turns. A wonderful wildlife area and knowledgeable staff. Little kids, school and scouting groups, older people, couples enjoying an afternoon, it's for the whole range of people...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank taylorr559
Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

My family loved the trails and the view overlooking Birmingham. It's a great place to get away from modern life and enjoy some time outdoors. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Ezekiel_1719
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May 12, 2018|
Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
No, Ruffner is not a swimming destination. Look into Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, 15 Miles from Downtown for swim!!
February 10, 2018|
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Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
It is free. However it seems to be managed by a small community group and they accept donations, Enjoy!
July 3, 2015|
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Response from nature55_13 | Reviewed this property |
No, because Ruffner Mt. is a nature preserve (not a more general-use park like Oak Mt. or Red Mt.); they want to minimize roadkill of slow-moving animals, and lessen rutting erosion on trails.