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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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Nice trails

This Nature park had some very nice trails. If you are looking for a place to get out into the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
R W
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Mountain View

This is a hidden jewel just minutes from my family's house. I have been in the area a lot, but... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
eagoodale
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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 3 days ago 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

Thank R W
Reviewed 29 July 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.

Thank eagoodale
Reviewed 9 July 2018

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

Thank Greg W
Reviewed 9 July 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

1  Thank Becky S
Reviewed 8 April 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

1  Thank Taylor R
Reviewed 29 November 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.

Thank Ezekiel_1719
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This preserve is a gem not far from the city center or airport. I spent 75 minutes walking in the hilly, well marked trails. I did not find any scenic overlooks, but I only did about 1/4 of the trails on the map. If you...More

2  Thank William M
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We wanted to be outside on this beautiful day so many folks we spoke with recommended this park. The visitor center has some dedicated employees that were very helpful and got us on a nice trail with a view.

Thank Beachluv39
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

This was a great day hike with the family! Park and trails are well maintained. We also took our dog and he loved it as well. Plenty of benches for a quick break. Beautiful views!

Thank Rebekah M
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Ruffner Mountain offers trails for everyone. Here, I've hiked multiple trails, ran one, and visited the nature center. The Quarry Trail leads you through the woods. From there, you can take a short side trail to a beautiful overlook. The nature center is very interesting,...More

Thank Anna H
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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!!
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beaks2travel
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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!
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rikkay_d
3 July 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.
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