Ruffner Mountain is a 1,040 acre urban nature preserve located at 1214 81st Street South, between the communities of Irondale, Roebuck Springs, and East Lake, in eastern Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of the largest privately held 501 (c) (3) urban nature preserves in the United States. To learn more about membership, or to volunteer, please visit our Support page. Information about Ruffner's Conservation work may be found at Our Work.
Hours: Trails are free to access, and open to the public every day, from dawn to dusk. The Nature Center is closed on Mondays.
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14 miles of trails branch and loop throughout the mountain. They are open to the public every day, from dawn to dusk, for walking, hiking, running, and general enjoyment of nature. Student groups from pre-K to the undergraduate level regularly use the trails for science research projects to learn more about the natural world.
We encourage all visitors to stay on the trails and keep clear of cliff edges. Some unusual terrain may be encountered on the mountain and old mining sites are inherently dangerous. Please respect others on the trails, and do not bring any sort of wheeled vehicle onto the mountain. Also, we ask that you respect our limited staff resources and leave our trails as clean as you found them, if not cleaner. Please respect and be kind to Ruffner wildlife and it will return the favor. Leave flowers for others to enjoy, and for your next visit!
Ruffner Mountain was mined for iron ore from the late 19th century through the 1950’s. In 1896, a local newspaper reported that its mines produced over 200 tons of raw ore per day for processing at nearby Sloss Furnaces. You may see many remnants of Birmingham’s industrial past while out on our trails. Refer to the Trail Map for the locations of historic Mining Sites. Please help us to preserve this history by leaving these relics just as you found them.
A Corporate and Non Profit meeting space
Available Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm only.
Rate: $900 per day
Non Profits: We will work with your budget. We accept one organization a month at a reduced rate, so book early!
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Ruffner Mountain offers an indoor LEED Certified Nature Center with a wall of windows allowing views onto a mountainside canopy of Ruffner woodlands. This space also includes a side porch and can accommodate up to 60 people.
In addition to the Nature Center, the Back Porch outdoor pavilion can accommodate large groups on a first-come, first-served basis. It features picnic tables and electrical outlets.