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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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Find YOUR Trail !!

Lots of nice trails that traverse this wonderful bit of nature. Hiking for every level. Kids to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg W
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Irondale, Alabama
Wow - This is a FIND

Saw this on TripAdvisor, plugged the address in and had to hold onto the wheel - where are we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CatMgr
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Jacksonville, Florida
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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.
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1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206-4599
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+1 205-833-8264
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US$33 per adult
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 CatMgr
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Rhea B
12 May 2018|
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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
10 February 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!
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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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