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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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Address: 1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
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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I used to take my sons when they were young along with our Lab, Gus. We climb to the top and have a picnic. Now, I've taken my grandsons. We love it and you will too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
carolyn w
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to take my sons when they were young along with our Lab, Gus. We climb to the top and have a picnic. Now, I've taken my grandsons. We love it and you will too.

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Thank carolyn w
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love coming here. You can do trails from a 1/4 mile up to 5 miles. The trails are well-maintained, not a lot of over-growth. Its definitely worth a visit if you are a hiker.

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Thank Jamie E
Hueytown, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Ruffner Mountain is a treasure. It is relatively easy to find, centrally located, and there is no admission cost. You can stop in for a quick hike before shopping in the area, or spend the entire day wandering through the varyingly difficult trails. There are shorter trails for those who don't want to really exert themselves, and long winding trails... More 

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Thank Carman F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

A friend and I hiked this trail set up a hammock and relaxed for awhile looking over the city. A nice way to spend an afternoon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Exploring the trails and views of the city. Very few cars in the parking lot, allowing us to enjoy the trails in seclusion. Public restroom at the visitor center.

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Eagle, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We went to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center to do a little bird watching. They have a big covered deck that is about 15 feet up so you can bird from there and you feel like you are in the trees. Birding from the parking areas and the deck by the offices is very good as it gives you good looks... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Had some time to kill between coming into the airport and business meetings, so I went out to Ruffner Mountain which I had always wanted to see. It was a Monday, so the Visitors Center was unfortunately closed, but between online and a little trail map, I explored about 4.5 miles of trails, mainly the crusher trail and the quarry... More 

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notasulga, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

This very little known preserve is one of the most undisturbed, naturally beautiful places you will ever go. My children have enjoyed Ruffner Mountain Preserve practically all their lives. My grown son goes there often even now to enjoy the quiet, (away from the noise and hurry up of the city), places for hiking and meditating.

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Thank leeannenotasulga
Birmingham, AL
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is literally on the edge of the City of Birmingham but feels miles away from the city. They offer guided hikes and often have special events scheduled throughout the year. Check some of the local papers for those events. Or Call the center for more information.

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Thank james c
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

I have only been here once, but it is nice! It is cute, and I highly recommend. There are some great lookouts over the quarry. There are some pretty cool trails very close to the edge at the top of the lookouts! At the time there was a wedding going on, so other people love this place too!

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