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High Falls, Dekalb County, Alabama

February and March Activities

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 Becket, 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

MARCH 2, SATURDAY, 9:15 a.m.
Moderate Dayhike
Porter Gap on the Pinhoti Trail
Details: The Pinhoti is Alabama's long distance trail. The existing trail runs approximately 139 miles from the Tramel trailhead near Sylacauga to the High Rocks trailhead east of Piedmont near the Georgia line. We plan to hike a rather tame portion of the Pinhoti to the east of Talladega County's Porter Gap. We'll climb through pretty Alabama hardwoods on a gentle trail for an elevation gain of about 600 feet over almost 2 miles. Gaining the ridge top we'll be in interesting rock formations with partially obscured views off the Talladega Mountain Ridge to the north and Shin Bone Ridge and Lizard Scrape Mtn. to the south. We will eat here. We will return the same way we came up. 

Please bring water and your picnic lunch.

Optional restaurant dinner after the hike. 

Please meet 9:15 a.m. at the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot. We plan to depart from there at 9:30 a.m.

Bring a friend or friends.

Info: Francis Rushton, 205/290-5557    

MARCH 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: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

MARCH 16, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
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.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and over welcome. 

We are very pleased and grateful that immediately after the hike is concluded Marie Vernon, a friend of Southeastern Outings who lives in Alexander City, has arranged for all interested hike participants to enjoy pizza and dessert at Marie’s condominium right on the shore of beautiful Lake Martin.  There will be no charge for the pizza and dessert, so we hope that all of you who hike with us on that Saturday will come with us to Marie’s place to enjoy food and good company after the hike.  The pizza and dessert gathering after the hike is, of course, optional.
Please meet 9:45 a.m. at the Publix in The Village at Lee Branch in Greystone. We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.
Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

MARCH 17, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Dayhike, Moss Rock Preserve
Details: Explore the wilder side of Hoover on a moderate 2-4 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. 

Please bring 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.

Please meet 1:45 p.m. at the Simmons Middle School Parking Lot.  The group will depart from there promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and over welcome.

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

MARCH 23, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 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.  We usually observe 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.

Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.  Or you may 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

MARCH 24, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Wildflower Walk in a Forest Preserve in Homewood
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 and admiring wildflowers with us in the lower preserve.  Rated moderately easy.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 6 and older welcome.  Please meet 1:45 p.m. in the Homewood High School east (nearest Brookwood Village Shopping Center) parking lot, just off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood. We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

MARCH 26, TUESDAY, Meeting time to be announced
Bankhead National Forest
Details:  To be announced
Info: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367

MARCH 30, SATURDAY, 10:00 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.  Please meet 9:45 a.m. at the Cleveland Chevron.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680