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October, November and December Activities











OCTOBER 18, WEDNESDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Weekday Dayhike
Where:  Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL 35242
Details: Come with us on our weekday hike.  Enjoy an easy 3 mile hike on trails in North Shelby County just off Valleydale Road.  Veterans Park is an 82-acre park with numerous walking trails, a four-acre lake and a one-acre pond.

If you are retired or not working on this particular Wednesday, 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’ fourth hike in Veterans 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 10:00 a.m. from the Veterans Park parking lot right beside the building with restrooms in it at the park. 

Optional lunch nearby at Mikey’s Grill after the hike.

Admission to Park: Free

Information: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969 cell


OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Moderately Strenuous Dayhike on the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail System at Lake Martin, near Alexander City, Alabama
Details: Located on the banks of Lake Martin, Alabama’s largest and allegedly most beautiful lake, the area offers linked loop trails.  Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trails are among the most scenic and diverse hiking trails in Alabama.  The trails skirt the shoreline of beautiful Lake Martin, a 40,000-acre, 700-mile-shoreline lake.  Other areas of the trails are high rocky ridges and bluffs, some with vistas of 6 to 8 miles overlooking Kowaliga Bay, Chimney Rock, and others along rocky shoal creeks, and rippling brooks.  The trails are routed through a variety of flora and fauna.  There are high rocky ridges with mountain long leaf pine, mountain laurel, low and high bush blueberry, and lush hardwood forests that include redbud, sourwood, dogwood, native azalea, umbrella and big leaf magnolia.  Large thickets of Catawba Rhododendron are numerous.  Deer, turkey and numerous bird species, including bald eagles, can be seen along the trail. 

The trails are built to blend into nature, free of bicycles, motorized vehicles, horses or other pack animals.  All trails are built on Alabama Power Company land that is set aside as naturally undeveloped. 

The trails are well-marked and maintained, the terrain is varied, and the scenery on a clear day is spectacular.  We will hike about 4 miles.  We will see longleaf pine and mixed hardwood forests, open airy sections, and other trail sections under fuller forest canopy.  We also will see pristine lake views, boats, birds, boulders and deer tracks. 

Please wear hiking boots!  Depart 9:00 a.m. from the parking lot of the Publix in the Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.

Children age ten and over welcome.

Optional restaurant dinner after.

Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680


OCTOBER 22, SUNDAY, 1:30 p.m.
Walk Very Near Birmingham
Where: Shepherd Addition to the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson in Jefferson County, Alabama
Details: Enjoy a walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon.  We expect that this property will eventually be added to the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.  It is a spectacularly diverse, forested property with streams, small canyons, hills and a great variety of wildlife.   Don’t miss it!

Depart promptly at 1:30 p.m. from 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 will walk across The Narrows Road from the oval parking lot to the Shepherd Addition.  Total walking distance may be about 4 miles.  Rated moderate.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles welcome.  Share an adventure.  Bring a friend or friends.

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


OCTOBER 28, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Details: Join SEO for a moderate 4-mile hike on the lovely, well-maintained trails in the 1000+-acre Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, one of the largest in-city nature preserves in the country.  We’ll pass remnants of old iron mining and limestone quarrying operations which took place on the mountain, and we’ll have splendid views from the overlook where you can see all the way to the Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River on a clear day. 

Please bring picnic lunch and drink.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 8 and up welcome.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center Pavilion.

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


OCTOBER 29, SUNDAY, 2:00 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. 

Depart 2:00 p.m. from the parking lot for the Helena City Park on AL Highway 261 in Helena.  Take I-65 to Exit #247, the Shelby County Route 17, the 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: Mary Alice Thurman, 205/823-5165

NOVEMBER 4, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Moderate Dayhike
Where: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia
Details: Hike along the highly scenic rim trail around this lovely canyon in Northwest Georgia and then down into the bottom of the canyon itself.  The rushing stream in the bottom of the canyon has two good-sized waterfalls which we’ll view close up.  Lunch will be on a large, flat rock outcropping from where we’ll have beautiful, panoramic views across the canyon.  Fall color should hopefully be at its peak. 

Please bring picnic lunch, plenty of water, and $5.00 per vehicle park entry fee.  Parents, please be aware that there are very high, steep cliffs with no guard rails adjacent to the rim trail.  Optional restaurant dinner afterwards.  You may wish to bring in the car a change of clothes for dinner, but this is not required.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age ten and up welcome.  Depart 9:00 a.m. from Applebee’s Trussville.

Info: Greg Mann, 777-8737


NOVEMBER 5, SUNDAY 1:00 p.m.
Dayhike
Where: Horse Creek Trail, Dora and Sumiton, AL
Details: Join friendly folks on an easy 3.2-mile walk on the Horse Creek Trail in Dora and Sumiton, in Walker County, sort of near Jasper, Alabama.  Walk 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 hike you will be walking 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 might meet are both friendly and helpful.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!  Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone.  Please bring your drink with you.

DEPART 9:00 a.m. from the Floor D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway or meet at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby inside the left entrance (as you face the front of the store) of the Wal-Mart Super Center in Sumiton, Alabama. 

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


NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY, 8:00 a.m.
Moderately Easy Dayhike, Alum Hollow on Green Mountain, Nature Trail also on Green Mountain, and Monte Sano State Park--all in the Huntsville, AL Area
Details: Our first adventure of the day will be hiking Alum Hollow Trail. Sitting atop Green Mountain in Huntsville, Alum Hollow Trail just opened to the public in the spring of 2016 and is on property donated to the Land Trust of North Alabama. The mile long trail (one-way) is an easy stroll through light woods, ending at two waterfalls. The last hundred feet of the trail down to the waterfalls is steep but very walkable with time and careful footing.  If you wish to not walk down to the falls, there is an area where you can sit and wait for those who do go down. While waiting, you can explore a rock overhang that possibly served as shelter for Native Americans. This hike is rated easy to moderate based on the last hundred feet.

After our hike at Alum Hollow, we will go to the Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain for a picnic lunch. We can sit amongst the trees in the picnic grounds and enjoy the view of a covered bridge across the lake.  There are restrooms there. This is really a pretty setting.

From Green Mountain we will travel to Monte Sano State Park, parking in the hiker's parking lot. We will hike the South Plat and Mountain Mist Trails. The flat South Plat Trail will take us to O'Shaughnessy Point where we will enjoy the view from the overlook. This trail allows us to take in the quiet of a fall forest on top of the mountain and, if we are lucky, we will be treated to beautiful fall colors. From O'Shaughnessy Point we will descend the side of the mountain on the Mountain Mist Trail. Remember, what goes down must come up, and we do the up in a shorter distance than the down. We will follow along the base of the bluff with gorgeous rock faces on our left and a view of the fall forest floor to our right. This 3 to 4-mile hike is moderate mainly based on length.

Leader is going to a different part of that park this November than she did last time we were there.

Please wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.  Bring water, snacks, a picnic lunch, hiking poles if you use them.

Monte Sano Park entrance fee.
Adult Fee Ages 12+ $5.00
Seniors 62+ $2.00
Children Ages 4-11 $2.00
Optional dinner at a Huntsville restaurant after the hike.
Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and over welcome.
Depart 8:00 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride or 9:30 a.m. from the Wendy’s in Valley Bend at Jones Valley.  Address of the Wendy’s is 2742 Carl T. Jones Drive, Huntsville, Alabama.  Please park in the shopping center parking lot. You can then use the restrooms in the Target at the same shopping center before we leave to start our hike.
Info: Barbara Kammerud, email bjkamm@gmail.com or phone 256/536-7074

NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.
Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park
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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. 
Optional dinner after the hike.
Depart 1:00 p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot.
Please bring $5/person adults ($2 seniors age 62 and over and children age 4-11) park admission fee plus your drink.
Info: Edd Spencer, 205/317-5868

NOVEMBER 18, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Dayhike on the Deadening Trail at Lake Martin near Alexander City, Alabama
Details: The Deadening Trail is among the most scenic and diverse hiking trails in Alabama.  The cliffs of the Tallapoosa, the Needles Eye, and Lichen and Jasmine Bluffs are just a few of the unusual and unique rock formations that await the hiker. The trails are routed through a variety of flora and fauna.  There are high rocky ridges with mountain long leaf pine, mountain laurel, low and high bush blueberry, and lush hardwood forests that include redbud, sourwood, dogwood, native azalea, umbrella and big leaf magnolia.  Large thickets of Catawba Rhododendron are numerous.  Deer, turkey and numerous bird species, including bald eagles, can be seen along the trail. 

The Deadening Trail is a moderately strenuous 3.6 mile loop trail at Lake Martin.  The trail is a more challenging footpath than other trails located along an area of the southeast shore of beautiful Lake Martin (a 40,000-acre, 700-mile-shoreline lake) in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.

In order to manage most effectively hiking on this difficult trail it is highly recommended that you wear hiking boots, not tennis shoes, and that you bring a trekking pole (hiking stick) or two.  Also be sure to bring plenty of water with you.

Optional dinner after. 

Depart 9:00 a.m. from the parking lot of the Publix in the Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.

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


NOVEMBER 19, SUNDAY, 1:30 p.m.
Dayhike

Where: Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River, Shelby-Bibb County line near Boothton and Marvel
Details: Living River, a nonprofit affiliated with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, has developed a camp and environmental center on the Cahaba River. On November 19 Southeastern Outings people will hike on the trails on the property for the fifth time. Thirty-six people participated in one of our previous hikes to this area.

The hike will be led by a staff memberof the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River, and one of her associates. The approximately 3-mile hike is rated moderate.

Living River, a tree-covered point nestled in a deep bend in the Cahaba River, preserves a mix of hardwoods and older trees that were once typical of Alabama’s river bottoms but elsewhere have been logged and replaced with faster-growing pines. The site is 440 acres in size, and because of its unique location, it fronts four miles of the river.

The Cahaba River itself, the longest free-flowing river in Alabama, preserves a remarkable and fragile biodiversity, including an incredible variety of freshwater mussels, turtles, snails, and crayfish, as well as more fish species per mile than any other river in North America. The globally significant biodiversity of the Cahaba has been widely recognized by conservation groups and scientists.

In this significant and beautiful place, the Presbyterian Church organization has built Living River, a retreat where young people will continue to discover the awakening power of an outdoor camping experience and where adults, families, and children can also step away from the demands of their everyday lives.

During this hike, we will explore the variety of ecosystems on the Living River property. We will start with a trip out on the ‘thumb,’ the deep horseshoe bend of the Cahaba River, and then head out to more impacted forest ecosystems, including reclaimed mining sites. We will have the opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. Our outing will conclude on top of a giant mine spoil where Pennsylvania period plant fossils can be found at every step. 

 Please bring $2.00 per person EXACT CHANGE Living River fee to participate in this hike.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk about 3 miles without complaining are welcome on this hike.

Depart at 1:30 p.m. from McDonald’s Galleria.

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


NOVEMBER 26, SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.
Dayhike in a Forest Preserve in Homewood

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Details: The City of Homewood owns two forest preserves on Shades Mountain adjacent to the Homewood High School.  Come and spend a relaxing two hours walking with us in the lower preserve.  Rated moderately easy.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 6 and older welcome.  Meet 2:00 p.m. in the Homewood High School east (nearest Brookwood Village Shopping Center) parking lot, just off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood.

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

 
DECEMBER 9, 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 in Trussville.

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


DECEMBER 10, SUNDAY, 1:00 p.m.
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


DECEMBER 16, SUNDAY, 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