April and May Activities

Most of you are already familiar with the stay-at-home order issued by the Governor of Alabama and effective beginning April 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  The proclamation states , “Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., every person is ordered to stay at his or her place of residence except as necessary to perform any of the following “essential activities”:

One of those notable essential activities 
relevant to Southeastern Outings events is:

To engage in outdoor activity.  A person may leave his or her place of residence to participate in outdoor activity that involves fewer than 10 people so long as the person maintains a consistent six-foot distance from other persons.

Please note that as of Sunday, April 5, 2020, Southeastern Outings DOES plan to continue conducting our outdoor activities.  However, we have developed a statement of participant precautions as a result of the Covid 19 Corona virus.  Those precautions are described in the statement below.

In instances when we have more than ten participants coming on an outing, we will split the group up into two parties with two different leaders.  Everyone will go to the same places during the outing, but we will want to reduce the number of people hiking together in the same group to less than ten. 

Optional restaurant dinners will be cancelled until further notice.

In any case, of course,  if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, aches or pains in the joints and respiratory system problems) please stay at home and do not come on outings with us!  This is just common sense. 

We want to point out that walking in the woods where there are not many other people present is considerably safer at this time than walking in crowds of people or in heavily populated public places.  Participating in our events will give you opportunities to be in the outdoors, get some beneficial exercise, and do something you enjoy with other people while still allowing you to easily and conveniently maintain safe social distancing.

APRIL 9, THURSDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Weekday Hike in Tannehill State Park

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Details: We are very pleased that Southeastern Outings member Randall Adkins has very kindly agreed to step in as leader of this hike on Thursday of this week, so the hike WILL take place as originally scheduled.  Thank you, too, Randall for visiting the park today and scouting a trail route for us to follow under your leadership on Thursday.

Come with us on our weekday hike.  Enjoy an easy 3 or so-mile hike on trails in an especially lovely Alabama Historical State Park. 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. 

Note-To view photos of what we will see on this trip, please click on this link:

Please be sure to click on the link and view the photographs.

This walk will be Southeastern Outings’ fifth hike in Tannehill Historical 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.

Please meet 9:45 a.m. at the parking lot behind the McDonald’s Galleria on U.S. Highway 31 in Hoover.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

We expect to finish out hike around lunch time.  You will need to return home for lunch since the nearby restaurant is closed due to the Covid 19 virus pandemic, so an optional lunch following the hike is not possible.

Day-Use Park Admission: $5 Adults (12 years and older);     
$4 Seniors (Ages 62 and older); $3 Children (Ages 6-11); ages 5 and under free      

Information and Hike Leader: Randall Adkins, 205-317-6969

April 11, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike: Cahaba River Park in Western Shelby County north of Montevallo
Details: The Cahaba River is among the most scenic and biologically diverse waterways in the United States, and the public now has access to a portion of the river in Shelby County.  Work is underway on the Cahaba River Park, a 1,500-acre site near the Bibb County line in western Shelby County.  Please come with us for our second, moderately easy 5.2 mile-long hike in this newly created park.  

Cahaba River Park will include two sectors: a larger sector on the north side of the river and a sector on the south side of the river that will allow for motorized access.

The river will split the park into two sites with different amenities.  The north side, which is being called the Helena/Hoover Sector, includes most of the park’s acreage. The sector comprises 1,212 acres of Forever Wild property and 127 acres of county property. The south side of the river, which is being called the Boothton/Montevallo Sector, comprises 188 acres of Shelby County property.

Cahaba River Park is a Shelby County venture that is being developed in conjunction with Forever Wild Land Trust, an initiative of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Improvements to Shelby County 251, or River Road on the north side of the Cahaba River, are now complete.  The Park offers about 15 miles of professionally designed and constructed trails for mountain biking, hiking and trail running; multiple parking locations at trailheads; several canoe launch sites that will allow for short trips or runs as long as 7 miles; 3 sets of pavilions and restroom facilities; and a caretaker’s house for a law enforcement officer.

Our hike in the Helena/Hoover Sector on April 11 will include walking on the Wild Turkey, Reflection and Northern Pines Trails. 

The three trails offer a nice blend of forest and creek views.  The Northern Pines Trail offers a good view of the area’s elevation.

Please bring your picnic lunch and water with you on the hike.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk five miles without complaining are welcome to participate in this trip.

Please meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the McDonald’s on U.S. Highway 31 at the Riverchase Galleria.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

Admission to the park is free.

Information and Trip Leader: Jason Otis, 334-546-7648 or email jmotis@me.com

APRIL 12, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park
Details: Enjoy a moderate 4 or so-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.

Please meet at 1:45 p.m. in the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

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

Info: Randall Adkins, 205-317-6969

APRIL 14, THURSDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Weekday Hike
Where: Irondale Furnace to Jemison Park in Mountain Brook Village
Details: One-way 4-mile hike from Irondale Furnace to Mountain Brook Village.  One half mile of this walk in the middle of the hike will be on sidewalks around Mountain Brook Club.  The other 3.5 miles will be through Jemison and the Historic Irondale Furnace parks. This hike is rated moderate. 

We will parallel Shades Creek and Watkins Brook through some of Alabama's most majestic hardwood forests. Our trip will be on trails designed by developer Robert Jemison as bridle paths in the 1920s.  Our walk will traverse historic civil war era ruins, pass by some of Mountain Brook's most magnificent mansions, allow us to stop to enjoy the creekside views and end at the shops and restaurants of Mountain Brook Village.

Meet 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot for the Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, 2305 Montevallo Road in Mountain Brook Village.  We will organize our shuttle there so we can hike just one way.  We plan to depart by car from the meeting place at 10:00 a.m.
Information and hike leader: Francis Rushton 205/290-5557 or ferushton@gmail.com

APRIL 18, THURSDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Bicycle Ride
Where: Horse Creek Trail, Dora and Sumiton, AL
Details: Join friendly folks on an easy 6.4-mile bicycle ride on the Horse Creek Trail in Dora and Sumiton, in Walker County, sort of near Jasper, Alabama.  The trail itself is 3.2 miles long.  We will be bicycling one round trip on this outing. 

Ride on one of Alabama’s rails-to-trails conversion routes on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide, level and paved.  No hills on this trail.  On this particular bike ride you will be bicycling on a scenic trail which goes through fields, near houses and through the woods.

The trail is nicely developed, with frequent covered benches.  People you meet are both friendly and helpful.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!  Note this is a relatively easy ride, one which should be lots of fun for everyone who enjoys bicycling.  Please bring your bicycle water with you.

Meet 8:45 a.m. at the Floor and D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

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

APRIL 25, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Kayak and Canoe Trip, Locust Fork River
Details: A fun Southeastern Outings kayak and canoe trip on Section 1 of the Locust Fork River in Blount County.  This stretch, which several of us have boated previously, is fairly easy and without classified rapids.  Along the river we’ll see lots of wildflowers and stop to investigate islands and beaches.

Novice canoeists are welcome and may come on this trip, but each one must be partnered with an experienced canoeist in their canoe. 

Please note that for this trip you may rent one person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles for $30 each at the put-in from River Beach Outfitters.  Rental fees include shuttle service.  Also the outfitter will charge a $15 fee for all private boats be they canoes or kayaks used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a kayak from the outfitter, please notify Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE April 25 to reserve your boat.  Dan will then inform the outfitter how many rental kayaks he will need to provide to SEO people for this trip. 

Please note that the outfitter has only about 75 one-person kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their solo kayaks are reserved for April 25, there will be no more kayaks available to rent!

This outfitter does not have canoes to rent.  However, Dan Frederick’s daughter, Aree, has a few canoes which she may offer to rent to people who want to canoe on this trip and who do not have their own canoes.  Again, please notify Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE April 25 to request a canoe if that is what you want.  We will do our best to fulfill your request. 

Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place on April 25 without making an advance reservation with Dan Frederick!! And if you have made a reservation to participate and then decide to cancel, please be absolutely sure to call and notify the trip leader.  Don’t just tell your friend if you intend to cancel!!

Life jackets are required and must be worn.  You are responsible for finding your own boat.  Bring your own, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent from outfitter listed.

Please bring in the boat your picnic lunch and something to drink.  Wear old shoes you don’t mind getting wet (old sneakers work well).  Also bring at least 6 feet of sturdy cord to tie up your canoe if you don’t already have rope attached to your own canoe.  If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.

For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Canoe Trips at the end of this announcement.

Please meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Cleveland Chevron Service Station.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

Reservations Required: You are required to contact Dan Frederick by email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip.  Please advise your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you want to canoe or kayak, whether you are bringing a canoe or kayak or  you want to rent a kayak from the outfitter or a canoe from Aree Frederick, and whether you need a canoe paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s answering machine if you wish.

Info: If you have further questions, please contact Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680.

Note for Kayak and Canoe Trip—The kayak and canoe outing listed in the announcement above is suitable for beginner/novice canoeists and kayakers, but each beginner canoeist must paddle with an experienced canoeist.

When you make your reservation with Dan, please be absolutely certain to provide ALL of the following information:

1.    Whether you want to kayak or canoe
2.    Whether you are renting a kayak from the outfitter, bringing your own boat, or you wish to rent a canoe from Aree Frederick
3.    Your name
4.    Your telephone number or email address
5.    If you are also making a reservation for someone else coming with you, please give the NAME of that person.  Don’t just say, “My daughter, my friend, my wife”.
6.    If you are canoeing, please give your skill level. 
7.    If you have already selected a canoe partner and you are making a reservation for your partner, too, please give the name and skill level of your partner.

MAY 2, SATURDAY, Meet __ a.m.

Kayak and Canoe Trip

Where: To be announced

MAY 3, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Mountain Laurel Walk, Dunnavant Valley Greenway Walking Trail (DVGWT)
Details: The trail winds along a bubbling stream, Yellow Leaf Creek, overhung with majestic American beech, oak, and hickory trees. The stream rapidly expands to 15-feet wide before the end of the trail.  We anticipate seeing extensive quantities of blooming mountain laurel all along the creek on this hike.  We may offer two options.  Option A involves a short moderate hike off trail to view a pretty waterfall nearby, and then return to the main trail where we will hike to the far end of the trail and back to the start.  Option B involves easy hiking on the main trail from start to end and return on the trail.  There are footbridges over the stream, and, except for a steep patch over a ridge, walking on the trail itself is easy. Happy hiking! 

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and over able to walk 4 ½ miles without complaining are welcome. 

Please meet at 1:45 p.m. in the DVGWT trail head on Shelby County Highway 41.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

Info: Please call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 for more information.

MAY 9, SATURDAY, 8:45 a.m.
Where: Pinhoti Trail near Coleman Lake in Shoal Creek Ranger District, Talladega National Forest. Cleburne County, Alabama
Details: A moderate 4 to 4.5 mile hike in one of the most interesting parts of the Talladega National Forest. We'll start at the Coleman Lake trailhead and wander first through mountain longleaf pine habitat. We'll cross a low ridge with hardwood forests along Coleman Lake below. Our route back will take us along the Coleman Lake trail, providing a different view as we return to the trailhead.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older welcome. This hike is relatively flat but rated moderate because of its length.

Please meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

Info. And Leader: Francis Rushton 205/290-5557 or ferushton@gmail.com

MAY 14, THURSDAY, Meet 9:30 a.m.
Where: The new Shoal Creek Park, Montevallo, Alabama
Details: Southeastern Outings has planned an easy approximately 4.1-mile hike in the new Shoal Creek Park in Montevallo.  On October 30, 2018, ten people participated in an SEO scouting trip there led by Shane Baugh, the Montevallo Parks and Recreation Director, and we were delighted at what we found.  We subsequently had highly successful hikes there for the entire group on December 22, 2018 and again on March 9, 2019.

This 167-acre park has some new trails (2.1 miles and 1.6 miles) already constructed and some less developed trails which we will also hike.  One trail does follow the creek a good ways.  Total hike distance is about 4.1 miles. 

The park is located on both sides of Shoal Creek about 2 miles upstream from Orr Park where we have begun our past hikes on the Montevallo Parks Trail.

For those concerned about having to cross the slippery log over the creek, please be advised that the trail now crosses the creek on a brand new, sturdy, concrete bridge and on a wooden bridge in yet another location in the park.  Also please note that the restrooms in the park are now completely constructed and open for your use.

We are pleased to advise that this hike will be led by Bill Ennis.  Bill has basically adopted this lovely park as a pet project.  He has layed out and built some of the trails on which we will hike on May 15, and he has designed and constructed the wooden bridge in the park as well.

The park is located 1.1 miles south of American Village on AL Highway 119 in Montevallo.

Please bring your picnic lunch, water, and a hiking pole or two with you. 

Please meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the McDonald’s on U.S. Highway 31 at the Riverchase Galleria.  We plan to depart from there at 9:45 a.m. 

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles without complaining are welcome.

Admission to the park is free!

Info: Bill Ennis, 205/405-4636 cell or email billennis47@gmail.com

MAY 16, SATURDAY, Meet __ a.m.
Kayak and Canoe Trip
Where: To be announced

MAY 23, SATURDAY, 9:45 a.m.
Cahaba Lily Walk, Hargrove Shoals along the Cahaba River in Bibb County
Details: Please come with us to see the largest display of blooming Cahaba lilies in the world, acres and acres of them spread out over the water in the river.  These lilies are a sight to behold!  In places, it often looks like it has snowed on the river in May.

Over seven miles of the Cahaba River lie within the Refuge boundary. The rolling uplands surrounding the river are forested with mountain longleaf and loblolly pines. Mixed upland hardwood species line ravines and the river's edge.

The largest known stand of the imperiled shoals lily (known locally as the Cahaba lily) also occurs within the Refuge. During May and June, this beautiful plant blooms, and people come from across the region to view this magnificent display of nature. There is even an annual Cahaba lily festival that draws thousands of visitors to the area in May. 

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

The hike is about five miles round trip.  Rated easy.  Wear sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  You’ll want to put on your river shoes so you can walk out into the shallow parts of the river to stroll through and touch the lilies which grow only in the water.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!! You may wear your sturdy river shoes for the entire trip if you like.  Please bring picnic lunch and your drink.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended to provide additional stability when wading in the river.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

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

MAY24 SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Walk Very Near Birmingham
Where: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson in Jefferson County, Alabama
Details: You are invited to participate in an easy, fun Southeastern Outings short Sunday afternoon dayhike in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson.  Come walk with us through this heavily-wooded area.  We’ll hike on the relatively new park perimeter trail on which we have not hiked previously.  We may also visit in the park a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve.  Total hiking distance is 2-3 miles.  Please bring drinking water with you. 

Please meet 1:45 p.m. at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve oval, upper parking lot on the north side of The Narrows Road about 1.4 miles west of the intersection of AL 79, AL 151 and The Narrows Road in Pinson.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles welcome.  Share an adventure.  Bring a friend or friends.

Info. and trip leader: David Shepherd, 205/240-4681

Dayhike and Beautiful Creek Wade
Where: Quillan Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest
Details: This outing will be exciting, scenic and lots of fun!  Those who participated in this outing in years past found it to be one of the most beautiful natural areas we have ever seen anywhere!  There are numerous (about twelve) beautiful, small falls in Quillan and various side creeks.  We can actually walk up and right through an extensive, gently sloping cascade easily.  Quillan Creek is located in a heavily-forested area with hemlock trees and high banks alongside.

Participants on this hike must: be able and willing to walk at least 4 ½ miles off trail over rugged terrain including wading 1½ miles in a creek which is sometimes knee deep, wear hiking boots and long pants to hike to and from the creek, and bring and wear shorts or swim suits and wading shoes for the creek wade.  Sturdy foot protection is required.  Old sneakers work fine, but please no bare feet, flimsy beach shoes, flip flops or loose slip-ons!  Please don’t come if you are unwilling to get wet!  Also please do bring a large plastic bag with twist tie or large Ziploc bag in which to put your wet shoes and also bring a hand towel to dry your feet before putting your socks and hiking boots back on for the walk out.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended!

Please bring picnic lunch, drink, and daypack.  A change of clothes (dry underwear also advised) to be left in the car is also recommended.  Rated moderately strenuous due to the entire hike being off trail, some elevation gain, and the need to walk in the creek a good portion of the time.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 10 and over welcome.  Showers available for $2.00 per person before dinner.

Please come with us May 30 and help count waterfalls. 
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, May 28.  Please do not try to reserve a place on this outing after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.  When you contact Dan, please be sure you leave your phone number and email address.  This outing is limited to 10 people in order to comply with U.S. Forest Service regulations.  We hope the limitation will not prove to be a problem.  At a later date leader will advise meeting time and place only to those who are confirmed for this trip. 

Please observe the following policies and procedures regarding this outing:

1.     Anyone who wants to come on this outing MUST make a reservation with the leader by Thursday, May 28 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.  If you want to bring people other than yourself on this outing, please give Dan Frederick the NAMES of those other people.

3.     If you or anyone you want to bring with you is placed on the wait list, you are required to give the leader a telephone number where they can be reached in the event that they are transferred from the wait list to the list of approved participants as a result of cancellations.  On a previous outing five people who were so transferred did not check their email notices that they were approved for transfer and thus did not show up.  As a consequence they deprived others on the wait list from coming on the outing.

4.     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 initially registered.  All substitutions will be made BY THE OUTING LEADER from the wait list in the order in which they are received.  It is unfair to those on the wait list for you to fill a vacancy with a friend when others asked the leader to participate before you informed the leader of your cancellation.

5.    If you decide to cancel, if you do not inform the leader of your cancellation, and if 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.

6.    Please do not register yourself or any guests unless you are absolutely certain that they are free on May 30 and they definitely want to come on the outing.  In the past we have had as many as 22 people cancel participating in a single outing 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!

7. If you make a reservation with Dan to come on this trip and then for any reason decide later to not come on this outing, please telephone Dan, 205/631-4680 right away.  If we have 10 people signed up on the day of the hike and say, we have two people on the waiting list and then two people who signed up don’t show up for the hike, those two no-show people have in effect deprived the two on the wait list from participating.  Please don’t be a no-show.  If you aren’t coming after making a reservation, please call Dan.

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