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Ruffner Mountain, Birmingham

#8 of 10 in Parks in Birmingham
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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  • Went here on a wed afternoon and it was a pleasant surprise. This place is somewhat of a conservatory with a membership. If you are not a member there is a $3/person trail fee. I was good to pay...  more »
  • We had a great time exploring Ruffner Mountain this morning and afternoon during our weekend visit to Birmingham! The park is really pretty - and it has numerous trails that you can combine to create....  more »
  • Sorry every time I visit my daughter Google asks me rate Ruffner Mt park. Her home backs up to the park so it looks like I'm there. It's a great place to hike. We used to live within walking distance and hiked and biked there often.
  • This park truly highlights one thing that makes Alabama such a great place to live or visit: Its abundance of forestland and natural scenery. Along Overlook Trail, for example, there are many vantage points from which to view the densely forested sub ranges of the Appalachian Mountains that run through Alabama. From such a high point of view, these breathtaking mountains dwarf Birmingham, the biggest city in Alabama. The views aren't all that Ruffner offers, though. The whole place is loaded with bits of natural history. If you're a paleontology nerd like me, you'll love visiting the Limestone Quarry, where there are traces of Alabama's ancient past when it was completely submerged under water. If you're lucky like I was, you might find the fossil of some ancient marine life. (Just remember to enjoy only while you're in the park and then leave it there for other people to enjoy also. Don't be greedy!) Last but not least, there is also the Nature Center. Here, you can see some of Alabama wildlife in captivity. I've only been once or twice, so I can't say if they regularly change the animals they keep. No matter why you plan to visit, I am sure that you will be glad you came! Don't miss out on this great experience. :)

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