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December and January Activities












DECEMBER 14, THURSDAY, 9:30 a.m.
Weekday Hike in Red Mountain Park (RMP)


Details: Would it excite you to hear that Birmingham has secured a recreational, public park space of 1,400 acres—an area twice as large as New York's Central Park?  Could you, your friends and family find a use for more than 18 miles of new hiking and biking trails, open fields and picnic areas, all within 15 minutes of downtown Birmingham?  In March, 2012 The Red Mountain Park Commission opened the eastern section of this park to the public, offering folks a chance to walk the property and get a feel for the location and scale of the land.

This will be Southeastern Outings’ eighteenth hike in the Park. Please come with us for a tour of a walkable portion of this noteworthy place.  Hike rated moderate. This is one of the largest city parks in the United States! For considerably more information about the park, please visit the park’s website:


Please bring plenty of water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 9 and up welcome.

Note-To view photos taken in Red Mountain Park, please click on these links:



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

Depart 9:30 a.m. from the large parking lot on the right side of Lyon Lane immediately after you turn right onto Lyon Lane off of the north end of Frankfurt Drive off Lakeshore Parkway.

Information: Scott Myers, 205/979-7836


DECEMBER 16, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike, Moss Rock Preserve
Details: Explore the wilder side of Hoover on a moderate 2 to 4 mile hike with some climbing up and walking down fairly steep hills on Shades Mountain.  We’ll experience the preserve’s diverse natural features which include longleaf pine forests, huge boulders, streams, grassy areas, outstanding views and, when it rains, some beautiful waterfalls.  A previous Southeastern Outings dayhike in the Moss Rock Preserve in January, 2015 had the highest number of participants of any SEO event since our founding 15 years ago!  Don’t miss this one!

Please bring your picnic lunch and water to drink.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age seven and up able to walk the distance and complete the hike without complaining are welcome.

The group will depart promptly at 10:00 a.m. from the Moss Rock Preserve parking lot on Sulphur Springs Road in Hoover.

Info on the hike:  David Shepherd, email davidshep2@yahoo.com or 205/240-4681


 
JANUARY 6, SATURDAY

Dayhike, Turkey Foot and Borden Creeks, Sipsey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest


Details: Enjoy an especially beautiful, moderate 3 ½ mile hike along Turkey Foot and Borden Creeks.  With significant rainfall we may see as many as 22 waterfalls on this trip.  There are usually at least two fine waterfalls on the ¾ mile walk along Turkey Foot Creek.  Please note that to facilitate going up or down the possibly slippery bank beside one of the Turkey Foot Creek waterfalls we will provide hikers with the opportunity to use an assist rope.  You are not required to use the rope.  You will not be climbing a vertical cliff on a rope.  Your feet will always be on the ground.  It is just that having the rope gives you something solid straight in front of you to hold on to instead of scattered rocks and roots as you go up or down the short, about 20 foot distance.

After we hike to the end of Turkey Foot Creek, we’ll then walk beside the Sipsey Fork River a short distance to Borden Creek. Our hiking route then follows Borden Creek where we will see additional waterfalls and admire the gorgeous cliffs.  Along Borden Creek the trail runs through a short, but very dark tunnel.  You can stand up through the entire length of the tunnel.  Please bring a small, bright flashlight with you to light your way through the tunnel.

Optional dinner after.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older able and willing to walk 3 ½ miles without complaining are welcome.

Reservations Required: If you wish to participate in this outing, you are required to call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email your reservation to seoutings@bellsouth.net by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5.  When you contact Dan, please be sure you leave either your phone number or email address.  This outing is limited to 20 people, and we will break up into two separate groups of up to a maximum of ten people each with its own separate leader in order to comply with U.S. Forest Service regulations.  The second group will visit all the same sites as the first group, but Group Two will be walking in the opposite direction from the first group.  The drivers from each group will exchange car keys when the two groups cross paths with each other on the trail.  We hope the limitation will not prove to be a problem.  At a later date leader will advise meeting time and place to those who have signed up for this trip.  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, you are required to telephone Dan, 205/631-4680 right away. 

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


JANUARY 13, SATURDAY

Dayhike, Sipsey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest


Details: Moderately strenuous 4-mile hike in a highly scenic location, Upper Quillan Creek Forest Area.  Most of the hike is off trail, there are lots of ups and downs, and several rock-hopping crossings are required across small creeks.

We’ll walk along two creeks and old road.  At a beautiful waterfall we’ll visit the site of an old mill.  On this hike we’ll see several small waterfalls on side creeks and tributaries to Quillan Creek.  We will visit three very pretty waterfalls on Quillan Creek itself along the way. 

Please bring lunch and water for the day.  We expect to finish about 4:00 p.m.  Optional dinner after.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 9 and over able to walk 4 miles off trail without complaining welcome.

Reservations Required: If you wish to participate in this outing, you are required to call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email your reservation to seoutings@bellsouth.net by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11.  When you contact Dan, please be sure you leave either your phone number or email address.  This outing is limited to 20 people, and we will break up into two separate groups of up to ten people each with its own separate leader 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 to those who have signed up for this trip. 

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 20 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 waiting list from participating.  Please don’t be a no-show.  If you aren’t coming after making a reservation, please notify Dan.

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


JANUARY 14, 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.  This hike may be partially 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 and children) park admission fee plus your drink.

Info: Edd Spencer, 205/317-5868


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