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High Falls, Dekalb County, Alabama

January and February Activities


JANUARY 26, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 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 very first moderately easy 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 about 75 percent complete. 

Planned work includes about 15 miles of professionally designed 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; a pavilion and restroom facility; and a caretaker’s house for a law enforcement officer.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk about three miles without complaining are welcome to participate in this trip.

Please meet at 9:45 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 10:00 a.m.

Admission to the park is free.

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

FEBRUARY 2, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham
Details: Would it excite you to hear that Birmingham has secured a recreational, public park space in excess 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?  This is one of the largest city parks in the United States! 
Have you ever hiked at Red Mountain Park and left eager to know more about its history?  The official Red Mountain Park Public Group Hikes are just for you! These hikes like this one are led by Red Mountain Park staff and volunteers and take you deep into the Park to learn more about the Park’s history and forest.     
Back by popular demand, these exciting informative hikes will be on the first Saturday of each month at 9 AM beginning October 6th. These hikes are free for Red Mountain Park Members and $5 for non-Members.                  
On the February 2, 2019 hike we will explore the park.  Please come with us for a 3-4 hour moderate guided tour on a walkable portion of this noteworthy place.   Learn about the plans for the park’s development and see what the terrain has to offer.  The hike will be led by Red Mountain staff or park volunteers.  This walk will be Southeastern Outings’ sixteenth or so hike in Red Mountain Park.  For considerably more information about the park, please visit the park’s website: http://www.redmountainpark.org/contact-us#usermessagea.

 Please note that there will be a $5.00 per person admission charged to Southeastern Outings people who are NOT currently members of Red Mountain Park and who participate in the Red Mountain Park-guided group dayhike on Saturday, February 2.  This hike is an official Red Mountain Park-sanctioned and organized event.
Please bring plenty of water and wear good walking shoes or boots.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and up welcome.
Please meet at 8:45 a.m. in front of the Welcome Station, the small building at the top of the small, grass-covered hill beside the cul-de-sac and right at the start of the trail.  This is across Lyon Lane from the parking lot for the park.  The group plans to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Information: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680

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, February 7.  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

FEBRUARY 10, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 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.  

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: Bill Ennis, 205/405-4636

FEBRUARY 16, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
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 16 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 5 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 restaurant dinner after.  No charge for park admission.

Meet 9:45 a.m. at the Floor and D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

FEBRUARY 17, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Moderate Dayhike Along Buck Creek in Helena, AL
Details: Come explore the wilder side of Helena.  Hike with SEO on a lovely creekside trail in Helena in Shelby County.  Total hiking distance is less than four miles.  Hike rated moderately easy.  We will be walking briefly off trail and walking up some hills when the trail routes us away from the creek.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up welcome. 

Meet at 1:45 p.m. in the parking lot for the Helena City Park on AL Highway 261 in Helena.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

Directions to Meeting Place: Take I-65 to Exit #247, the Shelby County Route 17, Valleydale Road exit.  Go to end of ramp and turn right regardless of whether you come from the south or the north.  Take Co. 17, which changes from Co. Route 17 to AL 261, all the way into Helena.  You will cross one railroad and then drive over a bridge with a dam and waterfall on the left.  Immediately past the bridge, turn sharply back to the right just before you cross a second railroad and then drive into the parking lot for a city park right on the shore of the creek.  Distances on Valleydale Road, (Shelby County Route 17) and then Alabama Route 261 from I-65 exit number 247 to driveway into Helena Park parking lot are 5.5 miles from bottom end of southbound ramp and 5.9 miles from bottom end of northbound ramp.

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

FEBRUARY 23, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 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 Shrimp 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), sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob, 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 23, 2019 after our hike.  Please plan to come!

Price for the meal is $20 flat charge to benefit the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.  Only cash and checks are accepted forms of payment for the dinner.  NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED!

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

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

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

FEBRAURY 24, SUNDAY, 1:45 p.m.
Easy Walk
Where: Vulcan Trail inside the City Limits of Birmingham
Details: Enjoy an easy walk in the woodlands overlooking Birmingham.  The trail is level, as it is on an old mining railroad right of way just below the crest of Red Mountain.  A previous walk on this trail drew one of the highest number of participants, 67, on any outing SEO has ever sponsored.  Don’t miss it!

Please meet at 1:45 p.m. in the Vulcan Park and Museum Parking Lot where you would normally park to visit the statue and Vulcan Park.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.  Note that there is no charge to park in the Vulcan Park parking lot!  We will walk from the big parking lot a short distance down some new stairs to the trail head and then on the trail to Green Springs Highway and back.  The formerly undeveloped section of the Vulcan Trail has recently been widened and resurfaced. 

After the walk is completed, there will be an optional dinner at Jim 'N Nick's 11th Avenue Grill at Five Points South.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles welcome.

Share an adventure.  Bring a friend or friends.

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