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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
+1 205-833-8264
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Awesome place

My family loved the trails and the view overlooking Birmingham. It's a great place to get away... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
via mobile
Recharge outside

This preserve is a gem not far from the city center or airport. I spent 75 minutes walking in the... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
William M
Sterling heights, Mi, United States
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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 cheese or moonlight treks with music.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good37%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
+1 205-833-8264

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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

1  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 Ahodges8
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Great place to take a hike in the middle of the city with your dogs and/or kids! Great education/learning center with local animals onsite

Thank Bonnie P
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

The canopy of the trees gave us enough shade to find this Alabama heat tolerable. The trails are well marked and we were able to refer back to the cellphone picture we took at the trail head. Not completely flat, so gave us a nice...More

1  Thank Donya V
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Wonderful place to go hiking... especially with kids. It's hard to believe that there are such places like this right here in Birmingham. If you are on the fence about this one, just trust me and go check it out for yourself. Get the kids...More

2  Thank Beachin_B
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Our 4-5 mile walk through this pretty park took us through lush forest, past a quarry, and up to a beautiful overlook of the city of Birmingham. Signage was very good, with trails color-coded to correspond to the free map available at the visitor's center....More

2  Thank Peggy M
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I can't believe we have such wonderful places like this in Birmingham that are free! Some of the most gorgeous views of the city can be seen from lookouts along the trails. There are several different levels of trails and many different styles for hiking,...More

2  Thank emilydouglasbaird
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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.