What you'll do
We will meet at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center and spend a few minutes getting to know each other. Ruffner Mountain has trails great for leisurely strolls to moderately strenuous hikes, and offers sweeping views, a sunny quarry, and amazing relics of Birmingham's industrial history. When we reach our destination (about 20 - 30 minute hike), we will unpack a light picnic with wine, fruit, and cheese and enjoy the scenery and conversation before returning to the nature center. The full experience will last for an hour. Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is a 1,040 acre nature preserve located in Birmingham's historic South East Lake neighborhood. The Ruffner Mountain area was home to iron ore mines and stone quarries, supplying the area's steel mills and the preserve contains more than 14 miles of hiking trails.
We are Birmingham natives and love to share with visitors what makes our city special. We are both makers (Rachel is a potter and Patrick is a coffee roaster), and we have for years found inspiration in nature, exploring urban and mountain trails. We look forward to sharing this experience with you!
We will have fruit and cheese for a picnic snack. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions!
We supply a bottle of wine. We can also switch to local beer or sparkling water if you prefer - just let us know!
Where you'll be
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is a hidden gem in Birmingham. A former mine and quarry supplying the iron foundries in Birmingham during the industrial age, the area has been a nature preserve since the late 70s. There are 14 miles of hiking trails featuring scenic vistas and relics from old mining operations. There is also a nature center and animal rehabilitation center where you can learn about the local wildlife.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend. All trails at Ruffner will have uphill sections. We can choose an easier trail for folks with physical limitations, but the trails are not accessible for wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on…
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
We will be hiking, so please dress in seasonally appropriate active clothing and wear sturdy, close toed shoes that you won't mind getting dirty.
Wine and cheese nature hike