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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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Address: 1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
Phone Number: +1 205-833-8264
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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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A surprising challenge!

A lot of fun. Easy trail and a lot of area to cover. Beautiful views of nature and the city. It's amazing that it's tucked away there. My friend and I got turned around and it was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lizzy D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of fun. Easy trail and a lot of area to cover. Beautiful views of nature and the city. It's amazing that it's tucked away there. My friend and I got turned around and it was getting dark and closing. Our friends were waiting in the car and for some reason we couldn't get them on the phone. We... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed hiking the trails. The trails were just long and challenging enough to give us a good workout.

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Macomb, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

My wife and I were looking for a nice place to walk outdoors and went here. Honestly don't be turned off by the area outside the park. Once in the park we found a lot of nice hikes and people to talk to. There was also a lot of locals walking their pets and we had a great time on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Ruffner mountain is a perfect escape if you'd like an afternoon hike or visit an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We spent less than two hours there and felt renewed. There are clean and accessible bathrooms, and it's minutes away from downtown Birmingham. One caution though- make sure you pay attention to where you are!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

There are multiple entrances to the park. It consists of highland, mountainous (by Alabama standards) terrain, as well as lowland swampy areas. It's interesting to observe the transition between the two. There's also a few hidden treasures to be found here, but I'm not divulging any secrets.Get a map from the visitor station before you go out hiking, even better,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Was the perfect morning hike. 3 miles round trip with the kids. Worth the view and nice picnic area near parking. Saw lots of people with dogs on the trail.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

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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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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