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January, February and March Activities












JANUARY 20, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.

Dayhike, Bankhead National Forest

Brushy Creek and Sougahoagdee Falls


Details: The hike will be 6 miles long and is rated moderate.  We will follow a beautiful trail which runs from the Brushy Creek Bridge along the creek.  In January of 2017 we observed about nine waterfalls on this route.  We should also see lovely cliffs, hemlock trees, canyons and perhaps some additional waterfalls.  If we have time, we may also visit the nearby natural bridge (not the one at the town of Natural Bridge) in the Natural Bridge Recreation Area of the Bankhead National Forest.

Carefully-supervised, well-behaved children age 10 and older welcome.  Bring a picnic lunch and water.  Optional dinner after at a delightful Italian restaurant in Double Springs.

Depart 9:00 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride or meet at 9:20 a.m. at the Mile 300 Rest Area on I-65.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680


JANUARY 21, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.

Dayhike at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson, Jefferson County, Alabama


Details: You are invited to participate in an easy, fun Southeastern Outings short Sunday dayhike in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson.  Come walk with us through this heavily-wooded area.  We’ll hike on the new trail which has been officially opened since 2012. The trail extends from the upper parking area through the woods to a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve.  Please bring at least a quart of drinking water per person with you.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over are welcome.

Depart 1:00 p.m. from the Pinson Shell Service Station.

Info: Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680


JANUARY 27, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.

Waterfowl Viewing Trip

Where: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (WNWR), Decatur, AL


Details: Experience the thrilling sight of thousands of sandhill cranes, wild geese and ducks plus herons and other birds.  The Refuge has the largest concentration of wintering geese and ducks in the entire state of Alabama!  You don’t need to be a bird watcher to enjoy this outing!  Experienced birders leading the trip will share their knowledge with all.

This 35,000 acre refuge attracts thousands of wintering waterfowl each year.  WNWR is comprised of diverse habitat types including bottomland hardwoods, wetlands, pine uplands, shoreline or riparian woodlands, agricultural fields, and backwater embayments.  These habitats provide excellent feeding, resting, and roosting sites for wintering waterfowl, white pelicans, sandhill cranes and a few whooping cranes as well as nesting sites for migratory songbirds and many species of resident wildlife.

We are highly privileged to have as our guide Dwight Cooley, the recently retired Refuge Manager.  Dwight will take us on refuge roads behind locked gates as we drive to various bays and sloughs where you can easily see hundreds of ducks and geese in large numbers.  We’ll also see many other types of birds including, hopefully, bald eagles.  We’ll even see a huge flock of sandhill cranes which winter at the refuge each year.  The gated roads are closed to the public but will be open to our group.  

Please bring binoculars, a birding field guide and a spotting telescope with you if you have them.  The leader and Dan Frederick will each bring a spotting scope, and the refuge is willing to make available some extra pairs of binoculars to loan to participants on this trip.

This outing is rated easy, as there is very little walking involved, and we won’t be climbing any hills or walking through thick brush.  Please dress for the weather.  The wind at the refuge can be biting, blowing across open water on cold days. 

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 10 and over who can remain quiet for extended periods of time (so as to not disturb the birds and bird watchers) are welcome.

Possible optional dinner after the birding trip depending on what time we finish bird watching.

We’ll be departing at 9:00 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride parking lot, or you may meet the group at 10:00 a.m. at the WNWR Visitor Center with driveway entrance on AL Highway 67 beween Priceville and Decatur 2.7 miles west of the Highway 67 exit (Exit number 334) off I-65.  We’ll carpool from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride meeting place up to the refuge.

Please note that there is no limit on the number of participants we can accommodate on this outing.  Therefore, we look forward to seeing many of you on January 27.

Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 for additional information. 


JANUARY 28, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.

Dayhike on Montevallo Parks Trail


Details: Enjoy an easy 4-mile hike on a trail in Montevallo.  The main trail is two miles one way and goes through parks, by two picturesque, flowing streams, and around a beautiful University-owned lake in a wooded park.  Total hiking distance is about four miles. 

This walk will be Southeastern Outings’ ninth or so hike on the Montevallo Parks trail.  Come with us for a guided tour of an easily walkable trail.  Please bring plenty of water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Depart 1:00 p.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria or meet the group at 1:30 p.m. at the parking lot beside the larger bridge over Shoal Creek which is the wide creek that flows through Orr Park between the ball fields and the open recreational area in the park in Montevallo.  The bridge is right beside the parking lot along the creek at the back of the ball fields.  Please email Dan Frederick at the email address below if you would like driving directions from Hoover to Orr Park sent to you before the hike.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 able to complete the hike welcome.

Optional dinner after the hike.

Admission to Trail: Free

Information: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680



FEBUARY 3, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: DeSoto State Park and Lost Falls

Details: Moderately easy hike in DeSoto State Park. We will hike along the beautiful West Fork of Little River.  We’ll also hike various other trails in the park and visit Lost Falls.  This is one of the most scenic state parks in Alabama.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 9 and over able to walk about 5 miles without complaining welcome.

After the outing we’ll enjoy an optional restaurant dinner together. 

Depart 9:00 a.m. from the Applebee’s Restaurant Parking lot in Trussville.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680


FEBRUARY 10, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Lake Guntersville State Park
Details: The hiking trails in Lake Guntersville State Park traverse moderate to difficult terrain and cover over 36 miles of park property. They are multi-use trails, serving as hiking, biking and horse trails. The trails are varied with some following alongside the banks of the Tennessee River, others leading to seasonal waterfalls and wildflowers, and some piquing your interest just by their name alone such as the Old Still Path and the Moonshine Trail.  Our hike February 10 will be moderate.

The trails we’ll hike differ in length from .5 miles to 3.5 miles yet connect with one another to form a loop of trails that add up to about 6 miles.  Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a day exploring the ridges, waterfalls and river in beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park.

Bring a friend or several if you wish.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 8 and up welcome.

Optional dinner after.  No charge for park admission.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Floor and D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway
Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969


FEBRUARY 11, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.
Dayhike, Oak Mountain State Park
Details: Enjoy a moderate 4 mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon.  This is an excellent outing for introducing your friends to Southeastern Outings and for making new friends who enjoy the outdoors.  Parts of this hike may be off the color-coded trails.  There will be some ups and downs.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up able to walk the distance of about 4 miles and complete the hike are welcome.

Share an adventure!  Bring a friend.  Depart 1:00 p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot.

Please bring $5/person ($2.00 seniors) park admission fee plus your drink.

Info: Edd Spencer, 205/317-5868


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 8:30 a.m.
Weekday Hike in Tannehill State Park
Details: Come with us on our weekday hike.  Enjoy an easy 3 or so-mile hike on trails in an especially lovely Alabama State Park. And the site is very near Birmingham!

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins, and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece.  The same ingredients afford today’s visitors a pleasurable escape from modern life.

If you are retired or not working on this particular Thursday, you are urged to participate in the Southeastern Outings’ group hike on the trails and get a feel for the location and scale of the land. 

This walk will be Southeastern Outings’ second hike in Tannehill State Park. 

Come with us for a guided tour of easily walkable trails.  Please bring water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Depart 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the McDonald’s across from The Galleria on U.S. Highway 31 in Hoover.

Optional lunch after the hike.

 

Day-Use Park Admission:

$5 Adults (12 years and older)

$4 Seniors (Ages 62 and older)

$3 Children (Ages 6-11)

free ages 5 and under


Information: Christine Heckemeyer, 205/979-5730


FEBRUARY 17, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Dayhike Along the Locust Fork River from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls
Details: A moderate 3-mile dayhike and picnic along the lovely Locust Fork River in Blount County near Cleveland, Alabama.  We’ll view and drive through the genuine and newly-restored wooden covered bridge.  Then we’ll hike along the river from the bridge and have lunch right beside Powell Falls.  This waterfall drops about eight feet and carries a substantial amount of water. We’ll also view sheer cliffs rising over 60 feet right above the water.  See a rushing river, covered bridge, high rock bluffs and a large waterfall—all along a one and a half mile stretch of river. 

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older welcome. 

Bring a friend or several if you wish. Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Cleveland Chevron.

Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680


FEBRUARY 24, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
River Ramble Barton’s Beach and Perry Lakes Park near Marion in Perry County, Alabama
Details: Barton’s Beach.  The area is an extensive sand and gravel beach on the Lower Cahaba River in Perry County near Marion, Alabama.  The river floodplain broadens and creates areas of bottomland hardwood forests, oxbow lakes and extensive sand and gravel bars there.

The Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary contains about 600 acres available to the public for outdoor recreation, education, scientific research, and other activities. Interpretive nature trails (fire lanes and primitive paths) make walking through the woods fairly easy and fun.

Several trees in the park have been designated as Alabama State Champion Trees. The park lakes support a large heron rookery along with an abundance of songbirds.  A 100-foot tall canopy birding tower allows for an exciting view of the forest and oxbow swamps.

Hikes at Barton’s Beach and Perry Lakes Park are easy since the terrain is level and the walks are all on trails.  The two properties adjoin each other so we can walk readily back and forth between them.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older welcome.

The very special, optional dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m.  It will be the Low Country Boil supper, an annual event in Marion that is perfect following our day of hiking.  The dinner will be held at the historic Marion Female Seminary Building in Marion.   

The function will be very informal.  The menu is boiled shrimp (which you peel & eat), potatoes, corn, coleslaw, bread, and your choice of a multitude of homemade desserts.

Musical entertainment will be provided for your enjoyment at the upcoming shrimp boil February 24, 2018 after our hike.  Please plan to come!

Price for the meal is $20 flat charge to benefit the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.

For more information concerning the dinner, please call Kay Beckett, president of the historical society, at 334-683-8250 or 334-292-0319.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from McDonald’s Galleria

Info. on the hike: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or seoutings@bellsouth.net

 
MARCH 3, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike on a SATURDAY
Where: Oak Mountain State Park
Details: Enjoy a moderate dayhike around the largest lake in Oak Mountain State Park.  This lake is variously called Beaver Lake, Oak Mountain Lake, and the Lower Fishing Lake.  Most of this hike will be off the color-coded trails.  There will be some ups and downs.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up welcome. 

Please arrive at the North Trailhead parking lot at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.  Hike will depart at 10:00 a.m. from the North Trailhead parking area.  Please bring $5/person ($2 seniors) park admission fee plus your picnic lunch and drink.

To get to the North Trailhead, take I-65 South from Birmingham to AL Highway 119/Cahaba Valley Road exit. Right off exit ramp, then left at first traffic light. Follow road 2 miles, then left at stop sign. Go 6 miles after you pay at the gatehouse on John Findley III Boulevard, the main park road.  Drive to the North Trailhead parking lot which will be on your left with two small buildings at the back.  One is a portable toilet.  The other is a changing room.  Park in the North Trailhead parking lot and meet your leader there.

Please bring $5/person ($2 seniors) park admission fee plus your picnic lunch and drink.                                                                   
Info: David Shepherd, 205/240-4681


MARCH 10, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Dayhike, Smith Mountain Fire Tower Area near Lake Martin
Details: The Smith Mountain Alpine Trail at Lake Martin is some twenty miles north of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail. The highest elevation around Lake Martin, Smith Mountain is a jagged peak mountain in the Sandy Creek area of the lake. The top of Smith Mountain is rugged. Jagged rock formations dissect the mountain top into a series of rough terraces that are for the most part disconnected. A house-sized crag consisting of numerous boulders stands out from and above the rest of the peak.

Standing majestically atop Smith Mountain is the historic 90-foot fire lookout tower. Erected in 1939 as a cooperative agreement between Alabama Power Company, Tallapoosa County Forest Conservation Association, and the Alabama Forestry Commission, the tower was a sentinel for locating forest fires for 40 years.

In November 2010, Smith Mountain was deeded to the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association (CRATA). Over a recent period of 18 months the tower has been restored and upgraded with new safety features and is now open to the public. Visiting time is daylight until 30 minutes after sunset, daily.

A trail begins at the base of Smith Mountain and ascends the northern and western slope for about 0.4 mile. The trail descends the southern and eastern slope of the mountain for about 0.6 mile back to the parking lot. The view from the tower is spectacular.  In addition to the Smith Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, there are 5 miles of hiking trails.  The two main trails are the Lake Shore Trail and the Little Smith Mountain Trail. The Island Hop Trail is accessible only during winter months when the lake is down. The Lake Shore Trail is a two-mile trail that descends the western slope to the lake shore and follows the shoreline for most of the two miles.  There is also the dramatic two-mile Little Smith Mountain Trail which has four resting benches with some spectacular views - one bench on a peninsula, two on the south face, and one on the top.

Your hike leader has selected a scenic 3-6-mile moderate hiking route for you to enjoy from this wide choice of trails.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and over welcome. 

Optional dinner in Alexander City after the hike.        

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Publix in The Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.

Info: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367


MARCH 11, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.
Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park
Details: Enjoy a moderate 4 mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon.  This is an excellent outing for introducing your friends to Southeastern Outings and for making new friends who enjoy the outdoors.  Parts of this hike may be off the color-coded trails.  There will be some ups and downs.   Please come on this trip with us.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up able to walk the distance of about 4 miles and complete the hike are welcome.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend.  Optional dinner after the hike. 

Depart 1:00 p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot.

Please bring $5/person ($2.00 seniors) park admission fee plus your drink.

Info: Edd Spencer, 205/991-1045


MARCH 17, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Details: On March 27, 1814, Major General Andrew Jackson‘s army of 3,300 men attacked Chief Menawa’s 1,000 Red Stick Creek warriors fortified in a horseshoe shaped bend of the Tallapoosa River.  Over 800 Red Sticks died that day.  The battle ended the Creek War, resulted in a land cession of 23,000,000 acres to the United States and created a national hero of Andrew Jackson.
In March 1814, General Jackson's army left Fort Williams on the Coosa River, cut a 52-mile trail through the forest in three days, and on the 26th made camp six miles north of Horseshoe Bend. The next morning, Jackson sent General John Coffee and 700 mounted infantry and 600 Cherokee and Creek allies three miles down-stream to cross the Tallapoosa and surround the bend. He took the rest of the army - about 2000 men, consisting of East and West Tennessee militia and the Thirty-ninth U.S. Infantry - into the peninsula and at 10:30 a.m. began an ineffectual two-hour artillery bombardment of the Red Sticks' log barricade. At noon, Coffee's Cherokee allies crossed the river and assaulted the Red Sticks from the rear. Jackson quickly ordered a frontal bayonet charge, which poured over the barricade. Fighting ranged over the south end of the peninsula throughout the afternoon. By dark at least 800 of Chief Menawa's 1,000 Red Sticks were dead (557 slain on the field and 200-300 in the river). Menawa himself, although severely wounded, managed to escape. Jackson's losses in the battle were 49 killed and 154 wounded, many mortally.
Though the Red Sticks had been crushed at Tohopeka, remnants of the war party held out for several months. In August 1814, a treaty between the United States and the Creek Nation was signed at Fort Jackson near the present day city of Wetumpka, Alabama. The Treaty of Fort Jackson ended the conflict and required the Creeks to cede 23 million acres of land to the United States. The state of Alabama was carved out of this domain and admitted to the Union in 1819.
In 1828, partly as a result of his fame from the battles of Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans, Andrew Jackson was elected the seventh President of the United States.
We will have the opportunity to watch a short film and view the exhibits before we begin our hike which is rated easy.  Hike distance is 5.8 miles.
Admission to the park is free.
Depart 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot of the Publix Super Market in The Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and over welcome.
Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

MARCH 18, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.
Dayhike
Where: Hurricane Creek Park near Cullman, AL
Details: You are invited to participate on a most enjoyable, relatively easy walk in a highly scenic, small canyon and park about an hour from Birmingham.  Enjoy rushing streams and waterfalls if it rains, several interesting bridges over the creek and possibly some beautiful wildflowers. 

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over able to walk four miles up and down hills without complaining are welcome.  Please bring a picnic lunch, plenty to drink and a daypack.  Depart 1:00 p.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride.  Please join us on an easy adventure March 18.

Charge: $3 per adult, $2.50/child age 17 and under park admission.  The charge for everyone drops to $2 if we have a group of ten or more, so please bring your friends and family!

Information: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or telephone 631-4680.


MARCH 25, SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.
Moderately easy four-mile dayhike on the Black Creek Trail in Fultondale, just north of Birmingham
Details: Walk on a rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide and level.  No hills!  This finely-crushed rock surface trail goes through mostly wooded terrain.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail!  This outing should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age seven and up able to walk four miles without complaining are welcome on this walk.

Depart 2:00 p.m. from Black Creek Park in Fultondale, Alabama.

Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680


MARCH 31, SATURDAY
Waterfall Tour to large volume waterfalls of North Alabama around Arab, Albertville and Guntersville
Details: Join with fellow SEO members and friends on this special, easy trip to view some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Alabama!  We will carpool to destinations across central North Alabama to visit large volume waterfalls at their peak. This trip offers excellent photo opportunities.  Each of the eight or more waterfalls we’ll see is less than ¼ mile walk from the cars.
No more than forty people are permitted to sign up for this outing.  There will be no wait list for any registrants after forty participants have registered even if some of them cancel, which some probably will. 

Reservations Required: If you wish to participate in this outing, you are required to call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.

When you contact Dan, please be sure you leave either your phone number or email address.  And if you make a reservation and then decide to cancel, please notify the leader immediately

Please observe the following policies:

1.    Anyone who wants to come on this outing MUST make a reservation with the leader by Thursday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m.

2.     You are welcome to invite friends or family, but you are required to request and receive approval from the leader to bring any guests with you BEFORE you tell those you invite that they definitely may come.  Please make this policy clear to those you invite when you invite them.  Please do NOT just show up with additional people not cleared in advance.  They will be sent home.

3.    Please note that if you or anyone you invite who is approved cancels, please do not substitute, try to substitute or think you can substitute a family member or friend in place of a previously registered participant who has cancelled.  When you register, you are not reserving a place for anyone but yourself or those people coming with you who are registered.  No substitutions will be permitted on this outing! 

4.     If you decide to cancel, if you do not inform me of your cancellation, and you are just a no-show, you will not be permitted to participate in any future Southeastern Outings events where the number of participants is limited.

5.    Please do not register yourself or any guests unless you are absolutely certain that they are free on March 31 and definitely want to come on the outing.  In the past we have had as many as 22 people cancel after they signed up for an outing where the number of participants was limited.  We don’t want “possibilities,” “undecideds,” or “might comes” to register for ANY Southeastern Outings event for which the number of participants is limited!

6. If you want to bring people other than yourself on this outing, please give Dan Frederick the NAMES of those other people.  Don’t just register for “my wife,” “my friend,” etc.

At a later date leader will advise meeting time and place to those who have signed up for this trip.  No one is to come on this trip without making a reservation in advance.  Children age 7 and up welcome.  Parents should be aware that there are very steep drop offs with no guard rails at most of these sites.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680