Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is a 1,011 acres nature park and a certified wildlife habitat located in Birmingham, Alabama. Within the park there are over 550 species of plant, 450 species of animals, and is an important stop-over for migratory birds. The visitor center offer close glimpses of snakes, turtles, owls and other wildlife. Ruffner Mountain was home to iron ore mines and stone quarries, supplying the Birmingham steel mills. The preserve contains over 12 miles of hiking trails.