December 2018 Activities

DECEMBER 6, THURSDAY, Meet 8:15 a.m.
Weekday Hike in Tannehill State Park
Details: Come with us on our weekday hike.  Enjoy an easy 3 or so-mile hike on trails in an especially lovely Alabama Historical State Park. And the site is very near Birmingham!
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece.
The same ingredients afford today’s visitors a pleasurable escape from modern life.
If you are retired or not working on this particular Thursday, 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’ third hike in Tannehill Historical State 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.
Please meet 8:15 a.m. at the parking lot behind the McDonald’s Galleria on U.S. Highway 31 in Hoover.  We plan to depart from there at 8:30 a.m.
Optional restaurant lunch after the hike.

 

Day-Use Park Admission: $5 Adults (12 years and older);          $4 Seniors (Ages 62 and older); $3 Children (Ages 6-11); ages 5 and under free   

Information: Christine Heckemeyer, 205/979-5730

 

CANCELLED

DECEMBER 8, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 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 probably 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 and hike the Sinks and Stone Cuts Trails. This 3 to 4-mile hike is moderate mainly based on length. There is some elevation gain, but it is not strenuous. Trails are generally in good shape, but in some places the trails have what is known as the 3 R’s of hiking; rocks, roots and ruts. While known for their spring wildflowers, these trails will showcase the fall forest and should offer us beautiful fall colors if conditions are right. The Stone Cuts are large, natural rock formations on the mountain.  When you enter the large limestone rocks to see the Stone Cuts, you feel the temperature drop.  This is especially refreshing during the warmer months of the year.
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 and
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.  
Meet 8:45 a.m.at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.  You may also meet at 10:15 am in the parking lot in front of the Target Store in Valley Bend at Jones Valley.  The whole group plans to depart from there at 10:30 a.m.  Address of the Target Store is 2750 Carl T. Jones Drive, Suite 7, Huntsville, Alabama 35802-4914.  Please park in the shopping center parking lot. You can then use the restrooms in the Target before we leave to start our hike.                                                                       
Info: Barbara Kammerud, email bjkamm@gmail.com or phone 256/536-7074
DECEMBER 9, 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.  Optional dinner after the hike. 
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: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367
DECEMBER 15, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 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 the hike. 
Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the parking lot of the Publix in the Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680
DECEMBER 22, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: The new Shoal Creek Park, Montevallo, Alabama
Details: Southeastern Outings has planned an easy hike to the new Shoal Creek Park in Montevallo.  On October 30, 2018, ten people participated in an SEO scouting trip there led by Shane Baugh, the Montevallo Parks and Recreation Director, and we were delighted at what we found. 
This 167-acre park has some new trails (2.1 miles and 1.6 miles) already constructed and some less developed trails which we will also hike.  One trail does follow the creek a good ways.  The park is located on both sides of Shoal Creek about 2 miles upstream from Orr Park where we have begun our past hikes on the Montevallo Parks Trail.  There is already a foot bridge over the creek in the new park.  The park is located very close to American Village on AL Highway 119 in Montevallo.
You are invited to come on this hiking trip with us. 
Please bring your picnic lunch and water with you and please meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the McDonald’s on U.S. Highway 31 at the Riverchase Galleria. 
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles without complaining welcome
Admission to the park is free!
Info: Bill Ennis, 405-4636 cell or email billennis47@gmail.com
DECEMBER 29, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 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 and possibly DeSoto 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. 
Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s Trussville. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680

November 2018 Activities



NOVEMBER 3, SATURDAY, 8:45 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.  Delicious, 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.  Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s Trussville. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680
NOVEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 8:45 a.m.            
Dayhike, Flagg Mountain in Coosa County
Details: This will be a moderately strenuous loop hike of about 4-6 miles that follows in part Forest Service roads.  Flagg Mountain is the southernmost mountain over 1000 ft. high in the Appalachian Range.  Atop the mountain we will see (but not climb up) one of only two stone towers built in Alabama in the 1930s by the CCC. We will also be able to explore some of the new 4-mile Flagg Mountain Trail being built by the Alabama Hiking Trail Society (AHTS) as one leg of the Eastern Continental/Great Eastern trails running from the Everglades to Canada. We may have spectacular views all the way to Cheaha Mountain if the day is clear.  We’ll also see nearby log and stone cabins, also built by the CCC, which  are in various stages of restoration. Although intended to become a state park (as Cheaha did), the proposed Flagg Mountain Park was never completed. Flagg Mountain became part of the Weogufka State Forest, and the area is now managed by the AHTS. 
We are very pleased that Jeff Hayes, President of the AHTS, will be leading this hike for us.  This is the first time we have visited this site since March, 2010.  Optional dinner after hike.
Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Publix in The Village at Lee Branch in Greystone. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680
NOVEMBER 11, 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.  Optional dinner after the hike. 
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: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367

Rescheduled for January 10, 2019
NOVEMBER 15, THURSDAY, 9:15 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 3-4 hour hike on 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 your picnic lunch and plenty of water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Please meet at 9:15 a.m. in the large Red Mountain Park 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.  We plan to depart from there at 9:30 a.m.
Information: Scott Myers, 205/393-5230
NOVEMBER 17, SATURDAY, 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Pinhoti Trail near Coleman Lake in Shoal Creek Ranger District, Talladega National Forest. Cleburne County, Alabama



Details: A moderate 4 to 4.5 mile hike in one of the most interesting parts of the Talladega National Forest. We'll start at the Coleman Lake trailhead and wander first through mountain longleaf pine habitat. We'll cross a low ridge with hardwood forests along Coleman Lake below. We'll reach Old Shoal Church and graveyard, one of 3 remaining log cabin churches in Alabama, before returning. Our route back will take us along the Coleman Lake trail, providing a different view as we return to the trailhead.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older welcome. This hike is relatively flat but rated moderate because of its length.
Optional dinner after hike.
Please meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Info. And Leader: Francis Rushton 205/290-5557 or ferushton@gmail.com
NOVEMBER 25, 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 on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  The trail is level, as it is on an old mining railroad right of way just below the crest of Red Mountain.  This walk is an ideal activity for those Thanksgiving guests who have been in your house for several days and with whom you are looking for something to do to get them out of the house.  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.  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 unpaved 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

October 2018 Activities

OCTOBER 6, SATURDAY, Meet 6:45 p.m.
Evening Walk
Where: Hillsboro Trail, Helena, Shelby County, Alabama

Note: This 4-mile evening walk replaces the event originally scheduled on this date.  This event is different from what was listed in your September newsletter.





Details: Join friendly folks on an easy four-mile evening walk on the Hillsboro Trail in Helena, Alabama.  This smooth trail is wide, paved and with only a few short hills.   On this particular walk you will be walking on a scenic trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain. 

No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!  All road crossings are through three tunnels under the roads.  Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age seven and up able to walk four miles without complaining are welcome on this walk. 

After the walk we’ll enjoy going for frozen yogurt at Yogurt Mountain in Hoover.  Meet at 6:45 p.m. in the front parking lot at the Helena Middle School and depart from that location at 7:00 p.m. to begin the walk.

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


OCTOBER 10, WEDNESDAY, Meet 9:45 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’ fifth 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.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Veterans Park parking lot right beside the building with restrooms in it at the park.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

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

Admission to Park: Free

Information: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969 cell


OCTOBER 13, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike and Picnic
Where: Clear Creek National Recreation Area
Manchester, Alabama, about 15 minutes out of Jasper


Details: Enjoy easy hiking and picnic at this beautiful location not far from Birmingham.  We plan to dayhike together and enjoy our picnic lunch in the woods.  Please bring your hiking boots and picnic lunch. Day use park admission charge is $6 per vehicle containing up to 6 people.

Optional dinner after the outing.  Hot showers available at no charge.  If you would like to shower and/or clean up and have dinner with us at the restaurant, please bring a change of clothes for dinner and your shower things.  This outing is suitable for well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and older, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.  Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Floor and D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway in Homewood.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

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


OCTOBER 14, 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.  Optional dinner after the hike. 

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: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367


OCTOBER 20, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Picnic Lunch and Easy Dayhike
Where: Paul Grist State Park near Selma, Alabama


Details: Paul Grist State Park is one of the state’s most uncrowded, yet scenic state parks containing hills, forests, fields and a large, beautiful, tree-lined lake. 

Prior to the dayhike we will get together at the smaller pavilion right near the Park Office to eat our picnic lunches.  Please bring your picnic lunch and also $2 per person ($1 for children age 6-12 and seniors age 62 and older) park admission and a beverage for yourself. 

Dayhike Details: Hike rated easy as there are only a few ups and downs.  Total hiking distance is approximately 3 miles.  We plan to walk all the way around the lake.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age nine and over able to walk 3 miles without complaining are welcome.  Please bring your drink and wear sturdy footwear. 

Optional group restaurant dinner after the hike.  Reservations not required for this outing.

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

Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

CANCELLED
OCTOBER 21, 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


OCTOBER 27, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Chief Ladiga Trail, Piedmont, Alabama

Details: Join friendly folks on an easy seven-mile dayhike and picnic on the Chief Ladiga Trail east of Piedmont, Alabama.  Walk on Alabama’s first extended rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide and level.  Absolutely no hills—guaranteed!  On this particular hike you will be walking on the most scenic section of the trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!  Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and up able to walk seven miles without complaining are welcome on this walk.

Please bring a picnic lunch and drink.  From the trail you can see Dugger Mountain, one of the newest national wilderness areas in Alabama.

There will be an optional restaurant dinner after the hike.  You will have an opportunity to shower and/or wash up and change clothes in the Piedmont Civic Center after the hike.  If you’d like to shower and/or change clothes, please bring your shower things and/or change of clothes with you.  Showers are free!

Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s Trussville. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.  You may also have the option to meet the group at 10:30 a.m. at the Piedmont Civic Center.

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

September 2018 Activities

SEPTEMBER 1, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.

Kayak and Canoe trip

Where: Tallapoosa River near Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Details: Please note that the correct time for departure from the Publix parking lot is 10:00 a.m.   It is NOT 9:00 a.m. 

This will be Southeastern Outings’ first canoe and kayak trip on this river stretch.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.  This stretch is fairly easy with a multitude of riffles in it and sometimes class I or class II rapids.  Along the river we’ll stop from time to time to swim and soak in the river.

One Southeastern Outings member has two kayaks.  He is willing to make his second kayak available to another Southeastern Outings kayaker who wants to participate in this outing and who does not own a kayak.  Our generous member is willing to bring his spare kayak with him on this trip.  The spare kayak is a fairly new 8 ½ foot long sit-in (not sit-on-top) kayak.  If you would like to borrow a kayak for this trip, please contact Bill Ennis, 205/405-4636 cell.  First come, first served. 

Novice canoeists are welcome and may come on this trip, but each novice canoeist must be partnered with an experienced canoeist in their canoe. 

Please note that for this trip you may rent canoes or one person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles from Off the Beaten Path Canoe and Kayak Outfitters.  Rental fees include life jackets and shuttle service.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a fee all drivers bringing private boats on this outing.  If you wish to rent a boat from the outfitter, please call Dan Frederick BEFORE September 1 at 205/631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net to reserve your boat. 

Please note that the outfitter has only 3 canoes and 24 one-person sit-upon kayaks and 1 tandem (2-person) sit-upon kayak for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of one type or the other are reserved for September 1, there will be no more boats of that type available to rent!  Outfitter charges are $30 for solo kayaks, $50 for canoes and tandem kayaks and $10 per non boat-renting person requesting outfitter’s transportation from takeout back to put in.

You may bring your own canoe or kayak on this trip, but you must pay the outfitter to shuttle you from the take out back to the put in if you park your car at the take out before the boats are launched.   

When we arrive at the put in, you will sign a waiver and pay your shuttle or boat rental fee.  Drivers of all our cars will then drive their cars to the take out point and the outfitter will bring all of them back to the put in where boat passengers and boat renters are eagerly waiting to begin paddling.  We will then paddle down the river to the take out, stopping as often as we want to.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 10 and over welcome.

After the kayak and canoe trip we are planning to go to a restaurant in Alexander City for dinner.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes.  You can change clothes in the large restrooms near the put in at the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. 

Reservations Required: You must contact Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Publix in The Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.  For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Canoe Trips at the end of this calendar section.

Info: If you have further questions, please call or email Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680.


SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY, 9:30 a.m.
Kayak/Canoe Trip, Tallapoosa River at Heflin, Alabama


Details: The section we will paddle is relatively easy with no classified rapids.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.  Forty-four SEO people participated in this very popular outing in August, 2011.

Please note that for this trip you may rent one or two-person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles at the take out from Tallapoosa River Outfitters.  Rental fees include life jackets and shuttle service to the put-in.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a fee all private boats used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a kayak from Tallapoosa River Outfitters, please call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680.  Dan will relay your reservation on to the outfitter.  Please note that the outfitter has only 19 one-person sit-upon kayaks and 5 tandem (2-person) kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of one type or the other are reserved for September 8, there will be no more boats of that type available to rent! 

Please note that this outfitter no longer has any canoes for rent.  If you want to paddle a canoe for this outing, we suggest that you buy one or borrow one from a friend.

Please see note for canoe trips below for more general information. 

After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to a restaurant on the way back for dinner.  Hot showers are available for $5.00 at a truck stop by Interstate 20.  If you would like to shower, wash up and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes and your shower things.

Depart 9:30 a.m. from the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot. 

Reservations Required: You must contact trip leader Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this canoe/kayak trip.  Please advise your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you want to kayak or canoe and whether you are bringing or wish to rent a kayak and whether you need a paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish. 

Info: If you have further questions, please contact Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or seoutings@bellsouth.net.


SEPTEMBER 15, SATURDAY, 11:00 a.m.
Dayhike, Limestone Rail Trail, Elkmont, Alabama

Details: This trail is located in extreme North Alabama just to the west of I-65 and a few miles south of the Tennessee-Alabama border.  The hike is rated easy.  We will hike a total of 5.3 miles.  There is much lovely scenery along the path that was once a part of the Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad. 
           
The trail winds through wetlands with wildlife and a great variety of birds.  On the trail you will pass the site of the Civil War Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle.             

Please bring your picnic lunch and drink with you.
           
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 8 and over able to walk 6 miles without complaining are welcome.  Absolutely delicious optional dinner afterwards at Terranova’s Restaurant in Athens, Alabama.            
 Depart 11:00 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride

Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969


SEPTEMBER 22, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Canoe and Kayak Trip with Dinner After
Where: Terrapin Creek near Piedmont, Alabama


Details:  Please plan to come on a relaxing kayak and canoe trip on Terrapin Creek in Calhoun County near Piedmont, Alabama.  The section we will paddle is relatively easy with no classified rapids.  This is a scenic stretch of creek located in a very rural area.  Thirty-three Southeastern Outings people participated in this popular outing in June of 2017.

Please note that for this trip you may rent canoes for $50 each or one person sit-upon plastic kayaks for $30 each from Terrapin Outdoor Center.  Rental fees include shuttle service, paddles and life jackets.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a $10 fee per boat all private boats used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a boat from Terrapin Outdoor Center, please call the Center BEFORE September 22 at 256/447-6666 to reserve your boat.  Please be sure you tell the Center you are boating with Southeastern Outings.

After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to a restaurant in Gadsden for an optional dinner.  If you would like to wash up and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes and a towel.  Outfitter has four changing rooms.  Two are changing rooms only with no toilets or washbowls and two are restrooms with washbowls, toilets and running water, but no showers. 

Reservations Required: You must email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this outing.  Please advise your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you are bringing or wish to rent a canoe or kayak and whether you need a paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish.                    

If you want to come on the September 22 kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter at the site of the trip, you are required to call the BOTH the outfitter to reserve your boat AND ALSO contact Dan Frederick, also, to notify him that you are coming!  Please do not just show up for this outing at the meeting place without making advance reservations!  And if you decide to meet us at some place other than the meeting place specified in this announcement, please notify Dan in advance and directly of this fact.

Depart at 9:00 a.m. from Applebee’s Restaurant Trussville.   For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips at the end of this calendar.

Info: If you have further questions, please call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680

Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips
The kayak and canoe outings listed in each boating trip announcement above are suitable for beginner/novice canoeists and kayakers, but each beginner canoeist must paddle with an experienced canoeist.  Life jackets are required and must be worn.  You are responsible for finding your own boat.  Bring your own boat, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent from the outfitter listed.

Please bring in the boat your picnic lunch, something to drink and a towel. Put your belongings in a waterproof dry bag in the boat.  Wear old shoes you don’t mind getting wet (old sneakers work well).  Also bring at least 6 feet of sturdy cord to tie up your canoe if you don’t already have it attached to your own canoe or especially if you are renting a canoe.  If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.

When you make your reservation with the trip leader, please be absolutely certain to provide ALL of the following information:

1.     Whether you want to kayak or canoe
2.   Whether you are renting a boat from the outfitter or bringing your own boat
3.     Your name
4.     Your telephone number or email address
5.     If you are also making a reservation for someone else coming with you, please give the NAME of that person.  Don’t just say, “My daughter, my friend, my wife”.
6.     If you are canoeing, please give your skill level. 
7.  If you have already selected a canoe partner and you are making a reservation for your partner, too, please give the name and skill level of your partner.
8.  Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place without making an advance reservation!!
9.  And if you have made a reservation to participate and then decide to cancel, please be absolutely sure to call and notify the trip leader.  Don’t just tell your friend if you intend to cancel!!


SEPTEMBER 23, SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.
Dayhike 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 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


SEPTEMBER 29, SATURDAY, 11:30 a.m.

Potluck Picnic Lunch followed by Afternoon Kayak or Canoe Paddle or Afternoon Dayhike

Where: Lower Fishing Lake (now called Beaver Lake), Oak Mountain State Park, located at the back entrance to the park.  Please note that the meeting place pavilion for this outing is different from where Southeastern Outings has gathered in the past for this outing!



Details: Prior to the canoeing and kayaking and hiking, boaters, hikers and other Southeastern Outings people and guests will get together at the Beaver Pavilion near the Flip Side Water Sports office, (FS and formerly the Fishing Center), for a group potluck picnic.  Please bring a dish of food to share with the group.  Please bring all food items to this potluck in dishes with a cover on them (think “like Tupperware”.)  Please do not bring your food in fast food, cardboard or open containers.  There are obvious issues with bees, flies and yellow jackets, etc. when setting up food exposed outdoors to nuisance insects. 

You may bring a bag of potato chips, but if you do, you should bring some more substantial food to share in addition.  Please bring also $5/person ($2 seniors and children) park admission fee, a beverage for yourself and folding lawn chairs if you have them.  Southeastern Outings will furnish plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons, napkins, and ice.  Picnic preparations will begin at 11:30 a.m. We will begin eating lunch at 12:00 noon regardless of whether you are there or not!

After lunch you can enjoy boating on the lower fishing lake.  You may bring your own boat (no charge) or you may rent a canoe from the park by paying for your rental canoe at the back gate to the park.  The park says they have 5 tandem canoes for rent.  Two of the canoes each used to have one broken seat in them.  Rental rate for canoes is $14 per hour. Cash only.  No credit cards accepted.  First come, first served.

FS has available for rent 5 solo kayaks and 8 paddleboards.  Rental rate for either is $20 per hour.  Cash or credit cards accepted by FS. 

No shuttle involved in any of these boating activities.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend. 

We’ll launch our boats about 1:30 p.m. or so at the lake shore.

Or you can enjoy a moderately easy afternoon hike along the shore of the upper fishing lake (now called Lunker Lake) in the park.  Hike departs from the Beaver Pavilion about 1:30 p.m. 

You are welcome to participate in the boating or hiking and skip the group picnic; you are welcome to skip the boating or hiking and come just for the picnic; or, as most people did the previous five times we have sponsored this outing, you are encouraged to enjoy the outdoor exercise activities AND the picnic.

Meet at the Beaver Pavilion which is almost straight downhill from the back gatehouse entrance to the park. 

Info: (picnic) Acyenith Alexander 205/529-2253; (boating) Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680; (hiking) Kerry Cooper, kkcooper22@gmail.com or 205/541-5233


SEPTEMBER 30, SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.
Moderately easy four-mile dayhike on the Black Creek Trail in Fultondale, just north of Birmingham

Details: Walk on a rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide and level.  No hills!  This finely-crushed rock surface trail goes through mostly wooded terrain.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail!  This outing should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age seven and up able to walk four miles without complaining are welcome on this walk.  This outing has consistently been one of our most popular events since it is easy, brief, and close to Birmingham.

Depart 2:00 p.m. from Black Creek Park in Fultondale, Alabama.

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