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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Birmingham
(4.5/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • My wife and I enjoyed hiking the trails. The trails were just long and challenging enough to give us a good workout. 
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 c...  more »
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  • Awesome best kept secret in around Birmingham for outdoor enthusiasts. Taking away one star simply because it should be open Mondays, which I've kids often on Mondays and people from out of town and other Monday-related best times to go and they're closed.
  • So close to home, but takes you so far away from reality. Best escape in Birmingham. Nice complex as well.
  • Visited in the beginning of November and the leaves were mid conversion - beautiful! Great trails and nature center too.
  • This is a great place to hike and exercise. They also have a nature center where you can take children and they can learn about the animals and nature of the area. The staff there are doing a really good job. They have summer programs for children. They also have rental spaces available. Great place!
  • Urban outdoors done right. Ruffner Mountain offers about 14 miles of hiking trails at different levels of difficulty (defined as changes in elevation). All hikes can be planned to have an interesting destination for a break, as a turn around point, or to keep kids motivated. The 3 ore crushers are great relics from Birmingham's history when iron ruled and drift mining changed the face of the mountain. The limestone quarry has unique plants and if you look hard enough, you can find fossils embedded in the rock. The overlook above the quarry provides a great view of distant downtown Birmingham and if your eye sight is good enough, you can spot Vulcan on red Mountain. If you are interested in local insects and reptiles you should visit the wetland and enjoy the dance of countless Common Whitetails, Pond Hawks, and Damsel Flies.