Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Ruffner Mountain Nature Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I really like this park.
The overlook at the quarry is a big draw, but the sunrise thru the trees on the Orange trail is spectacular.(Sunrays & spiderwebs)

I normally do the White to Yellow then loop back for 6 miles or.......if Im feeling frisky, White to Yellow to Orange. There are really only 4 uphills on Orange but be ready.

No view :( I’ll go again and try a different trail. I’ve been told if I continue up lizard loop there is a great view from there. It’s a fantastic gem in the city. The 3 stars in no way reflects Ruffner as a whole, just this particular trail was sort of a letdown when it came to a view.

great trail. very kid friendly.. even took my 8 month old (not in a stroller, on my hip)

Great for kids and a nice ‘entry level’ hike.

This is a combination of a number of trails at Ruffner, notably Buckeye, Pipeline, and Lizard Loop. Buckeye is solid moderate plus, as it is mostly a straight up the mountain. The other two are only sporadically used (compared to other Ruffner trails) and could use a little maintenance, but are basically pretty flat. However, due to some loose rocks, I wouldn’t advise the western part of the Pipeline trail for older hikers/walkers. Do not use tennis shoes on this portion...wear hiking shoes. The eastern half of the Pipeline trail gets very little traffic, and is a great place to see wild turkeys and other wildlife. Lizard Loop is a nice walk in the woods with some old growth trees forming something of a ‘cathedral’ at the curve in the lollipop.

5 months ago

Visited today with a chihuahua and a lab puppy and we all had a blast! Took a turn a little early but the trails were well marked and we found our way easily (the detour was beautiful regardless). Even though I had to carry both pups by the end, we had an awesome time and took a break to enjoy the view.

Great trails with many optional detours. The main trail can get busy on weekends. A treasure to be found in Birmingham!

This one has some very challenging trails. It was difficult for me , I am not in the best physical condition however, I loved it! A favorite.

Ruffner is really nice area, and is well marked.

The map on the app looks like a combination of a lot of separate trails...no worries, as they are all good.

I will tell you: the ridge and valley trail is not a quaint stroll in the woods. If you aren't in at least moderate shape, save this one for later.

The trails are well marked and modern. We will come back again. We did the white and orange trail. It takes 3 miles for both trail.

Lizard Loop is a fairly level 1 mile loop. Great canopy of trees and plants. Gravel trail in parts but narrows to a dirt path that feels more secluded.

This park is the best kept hiking secret in Birmingham. In fact, will people stop giving this five stars so it stays lightly trafficked? Thanks!

We had a great time. Challenging at times. Good views.

Staff was super awesome :)

Awesome trails and staff !!

This was great place!!

Took Ridge & Valley trail... continous inclines and declines that are very challenging on legs . Decided to take Crusher trail along the way.

FYI....this is not a easy trail if you're just a beginner hiker. The hike back to the top is a straight incline of over a mile with twists and turns.

moderate trail with a lot of twists. The incline back to the top of the trail will definitely test your legs

Great trial!!!! Love the views. We came on a Sunday and it was pretty crowd, I would recommend coming during the week when there is less people. You have to hike this trial.

Parked at the ballpark and hiked straight up to the bluff right at sunset, gorgeous views!!

Love this place and they have many trails to hike. Beautiful!!

Favorite place for running in the area. There are not many people around because it is fairly hilly. the trails are fun and very different from one another.

I've hiked this trail to the overlook probably 10 or more times. It's my favorite in Birmingham. Very easy, but not mindless, especially if you come back up Silent Journey. That'll get your heart rate up. I just went with my Hike It Baby Birmingham group. We got a 5 year old, a 3 year old, a 10 month old, and a 3 month old, plus 4 moms and 2 dads all the way to the overlook within an hour and a half. So, like I said, this trail is easy but not mindless and there are some super beautiful views.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Awesome. Great leg workout. Fairly easy. We hiked from hilltop to hilltop near the shooting range. Awesome view.

Beautiful. Up and down the mountainside.

Great view of Downtown Birmingham, and cool to watch planes take off and land from the airport. Its a nice active walk. Its not difficult but its not a mindless walk, either.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Buckeye was great. Moderately Hard. Lizard Loop was fairly easy.

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