The weather is warming up, spring is just around the corner and the new Nature Center at Ruffner Mountain is now open!! If you’re new to Birmingham you may not know about this place at all, it’s a hidden gem.
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. There are miles of peaceful forested trails with surprising biodiversity, wetlands teaming with wildlife, remnants of our past mining history, and spectacular views from several overlooks.
The new Tree Top Visitor Center and Mountainside Pavilion Complex, showcases environmentally friendly “green” L.E.E.D (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings. The Tree Top Visitor Center features the Tree Top Activity Room for meetings and events, the Woodland Animal Exhibit Hall, The Nature of the City Gift Shoppe and the Visitor Information Center. The Mountainside Pavilion nearby is a gathering spot for programs, and where restrooms, vending, and picnic areas can be found.
If you never taken the time to see this nature center you should put it on your to do list for now! Spring break is coming and this would be a great way to spend one of those days. For more information on the center or the summer camps they are offering visit their site.