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16. The Ruffner Mountain Addition Tract
Date of Purchase: June 13, 2000
Location: Jefferson County: Township 17S, Range 2W, parts of Sections 12 & 13 T17S, R1W, Parts of Section 7
Acreage: 227 Acres
The Ruffner Mountain Addition Tract was purchased to enhance environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities in the densely populated greater Birmingham metro area.
The mountainous pine-hardwood forestland of the Ruffner Mountain Addition Tract is immediately adjacent to facilities and similar lands of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Both properties together present great opportunities for nature study regarding forest, field, cave and urban ecosystems. In addition, nature trails with of varying levels of difficulty provide exercise by hiking and jogging. As a bonus, vestiges of Indian, American Pioneer and early 1900 Mining activities provide backdrops for lessons on local historic periods and events.
All access to Forever Wild's Ruffner Mountain Addition Tract is through the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center; located on the east side of Birmingham. From the Interstate 59/Interstate 65 interchange, travel east on I-59 past the I-20 interchange and get off at the 1st Avenue North/Parkway East exit. From here, travel east on Parkway East to 83rd Street. Turn south onto 83rd Street and travel about 6 blocks to Rugby Avenue. Continue 5 or 6 blocks on Rugby Avenue to 81st Street. Turn south onto 81st Street and Center is located at the end of the road. Parking, restroom and picnic facilities are provided at the Center. Center personnel and literature will inform visitors of rules and regulations that apply to both the Center and Forever Wild properties.