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Overlook Trail via Ridge & Valley Trail from Ruffner Road

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Overlook Trail via Ridge & Valley Trail from Ruffner Road is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Birmingham, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 209 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Due to COVID-19 the following changes have been made effective March 25, 2020 in an effort to reduce overcrowding of trails and parking areas : - Trail and Parking Hours - 8:00am - 6:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday. - Access to Trails is permitted for the following: Residents of the City of Birmingham, Members, and Employees of a Business Member All visitors must adhere to the following rules: 1.) Once the parking lot is full, the preserve is closed for additional visitors. 2.) Do not park on 81st Street or in a non-designated parking spot. 3.) No group congregations. 4.) No organized group activities. 5.) Social distancing is required at all times. 6.) Pack-out all trash and follow Leave No Trace Principles. 7.) If you have an emergency, call 911. If these changes and guidelines are not followed, the preserve will be forced to close all parking— trails will only be open to those within walking distance of Ruffner Mountain. The Ruffner Mountain Preserve does not receive any public funding, therefore donations for trail use and memberships are encouraged. Please consider donating to the preserve upon each use of the trails or signing up for a membership. Additional information is available on the preserve's website here: https://ruffnermountain.org/visit/#trailslink.

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Derrick Murphy
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Started off Ruffner road “wetlands”. Easy start but after a mile or so would have preferred to be in my La Sportivas vs ASIC running shoes. Possum Loop is pretty difficult as it runs very close to the ledge of the quarry.

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Kym Kirk
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Nice trails. Wide enough for 2 to walk side by side. The overlook had a nice view of downtown. The Ridge & Valley trails was pretty hilly which made it a great workout!

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Casey & Kayla Meador
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there are 2 more overlooks after the "all trails end" that are a must see. adds only alittle distance. Kinda steep, but my 8 and 10 year old had no problems. Beautiful view of Birmingham at sunset. trail back was in the dark tho so had to be careful.

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Hillary Williams
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George Steele
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Anna Gibbs
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jenn m.
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Jeff Tarrant
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renae dePerio
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Candace McCreery
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Candace McCreery
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Doug Steele
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Candace McCreery
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Jen Wallace
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Kevin Chaney
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Wes Holley
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Stefan Knorr
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Richard Duell
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Lucy Zhou
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Arturo Mata
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Donna McGee
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Nachiket Patil
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Erica Christie
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Kelly Thomas
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Raymond McCullough
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Craig Campbell
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Hannah Hutcheson
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Janie Webb
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Witt McLeod
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Paulette Clements
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