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Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Presented by Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Birmingham AL

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

History and Background
Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition, Inc., a 501 ( c ) 3 non profit organization, founded in 1977 operates as the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. From the 28 original acres, the center now owns and/or manages over 1,000 acres of an undeveloped portion of Birmingham, Alabama’s unique Red Mountain ridge, and has been connecting people and nature for over thirty years.

The preserve is a special place within a metropolitan urban area where people can come to learn to be good

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Suggested donation of $2 per person is greatly appreciated. As a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, your donation is very much needed to support our operations, and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Program fees are reasonable and vary by program.

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Additional time info:

Tree Top Visitor Center:
Closed on Mondays
9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sundays
NOTE: Parking lot gates close promptly at 5:00 p.m. No exit after 5:00 p.m.

Visiting with a group of 10 or more? Please schedule your visit with us so we can best accommodate your needs. For the enjoyment of all visitors, unless you are scheduled for a program or event, we ask that you limit the number of visitors from your group inside the Tree Top Center to no more than 15 at a time.

Trail Hours:
Dawn to Dusk Daily
If you arrive before the visitor center gate opens or plan to leave after the gate closes, please park on the street. You may also access trails from 2 trailheads on Ruffner Road.

Holidays: Visitor Center is closed but trails are open on
New Year’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35206

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