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Discover the Best Hikes in Birmingham, Alabama Where railroads ran and mines once burrowed into mountains, the healed landscape is repurposed for beautiful hiking and biking opportunities. New and expanding venues around the city provide more chances to get outside and to appreciate the labor and industry that built the city. Explore 35 of Birmingham's best, five-star trails, divided into six distinct areas in and around the city. With the expert guidance of local author Thomas M. Spencer, you'll find yourself on an Appalachian mountain peak or on the banks of the Cahaba River, as it broadens to snake through the Coastal Plain. Visit old-growth forest in the Sipsey Wilderness, or hike down into the "Grand Canyon of the East" at Little River Canyon. Across this landscape, you'll find a diversity of plant and animal species-some rare and endangered-rivaling those found anywhere else in North America. Book Features: Descriptions of 35 five-star hiking trails for all levels and interests GPS-based trail maps, elevation profiles, and detailed directions to trailheads Insight into the history, flora, and fauna of the routes Ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children Lace up, grab your pack, and hit the trail!
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Born in Birmingham, Thomas Spencer grew up hiking and camping in his native state, and for two decades he crisscrossed Alabama as a reporter for The Anniston Star and The Birmingham News, specializing in coverage of the outdoors and the environment. During his reporting career, he covered the acquisition of the Walls of Jericho, the protection of endangered species, the development of recreational assets such as the Alabama Scenic River Trail and the Pinhoti Trail, and the movement to expand green space and trails in the Birmingham metro area. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Tom is now the senior research associate at the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, based at Samford University. An Eagle Scout, he is a founder of The Friends of Red Mountain Park and serves on the board of the Cahaba River Society.
OVERVIEW MAP OVERVIEW-MAP KEY DEDICATION ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PREFACE HIKING RECOMMENDATIONS INTRODUCTION City Center Civil Rights Heritage Trail: Birmingham's Walk to Freedom Oak Hill Cemetery Railroad Park Vulcan Trail-Southside Loop Suburbs Aldridge Gardens Irondale Furnace & Mountain Brook Trails Shades Creek Greenway & Homewood Forest Preserve Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest Moss Rock Preserve Moss Rock Preserve: Boulder Field Moss Rock Preserve: Boulder Gorge Loop Moss Rock Preserve: Waterfall Loop from Sulphur Springs Road Oak Mountain State Park Oak Mountain State Park: King's Chair Loop Oak Mountain State Park: Lake Tranquility Loop Oak Mountain State Park: Peavine Falls Oak Mountain State Park: Shackleford High Points Hike Red Mountain Park Red Mountain Park: Birmingham Mineral Railroad Loop Red Mountain Park: Grace's Gap Red Mountain Park: Mine History Hike Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve: Ridge & Valley Loop Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve: Tree House to Hawk's View Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve: Wetlands Retreat The Cahaba River & Points South Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge Perry Lakes Park & Barton's Beach Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park Cheaha & Points East Cheaha-Cave Creek-Pinhoti Trail Loop Cheaha State Park: Bald Rock & Pulpit Rock Chinnabee Silent Trail Flagg Mountain: The Southernmost Appalachian Pinhoti Trail: Lower Shoal Shelter Section The Sipsey Wilderness & Points Northwest Big Tree Loop Hurricane Creek Park Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Little River Canyon & Points Northeast Little River Canyon National Preserve: Eberhart Trail Palisades Park & the Bridges of Blount County Turkey Creek Falls APPENDIX A: SUGGESTED READING & REFERENCE APPENDIX B: OUTDOOR RETAILERS APPENDIX C: HIKING & OUTDOOR CLUBS APPENDIX D: ADVOCACY & VOLUNTEER GROUPS INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHOR MAP LEGEND