Ruffner Mountain Nature Center is a 1,011 acre natural oasis located on one of the last undeveloped stretches of the Red Mountain ridge known as Ruffner Mountain. Just a 10 minute escape from downtown Birmingham, AL, feels like a world away. Enjoy a short stroll or explore the mountain for an all day adventure.
Located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, this unique 1,000-acre park is designated to give city kids the opportunity to get hands-on experience tending to native plants and wildlife. There are plentiful hiking trails for kids to work up a sweat while developing an appreciation for the natural world. Children can view animals in their native wetlands and woodlands habitats, while a bird-viewing nook provides a living classroom for visitors. I went on a school field trip to Ruffner Mountain when I was a child, and I still remember hiking the trails and learning about rehabilitating injured birds.