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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Birmingham

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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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...  more »
  • Went to the park with my 4 and 6 year olds and we were able to enjoy 3 miles of hiking. Trails were well marked and maintained. Very enjoyable with nice views of the city and the mine was neat to expl...  more »
  • Excellent trail. Well kept & clearly marked on trail. Map wasn't super helpful but there were several signs. Facilities were well maintained & pretty clean.  more »
Google
  • 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.