March 2019 Activities

MARCH 2, SATURDAY, Meet 12:45 p.m.
Dayhike, Moss Rock Preserve


Details: Explore a section of a 350-acre park forested in Hoover on a moderate 3 or so hour hike with some climbing up and walking down 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 several beautiful streams and waterfalls which will be running bountifully on Saturday.
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 12:45 p.m. at the Moss Rock Preserve Dirt Parking Lot off Preserve Parkway. We plan to depart from there promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and over welcome.
Note-To view photos of what we will see on this trip, please click on this link:
Please be sure to click on the link and view the photographs.
Info: Scott Myers, 393-5230, email myers.scottv@gmail.com
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING PLACE
Moss Rock Preserve Dirt Parking Lot Off Preserve Parkway-To get to this meeting place from Hoover please drive to the Crest Cadillac dealership on U.S. 31 in Hoover about ½ mile north of the U.S. 31 interchange with I-459 near the Riverchase Galleria. At stop light directly across U.S. 31 from the Cadillac dealer turn onto Patton Chapel Road. Go 1.5 miles. See fire station on left at Preserve Parkway and turn left onto Preserve Parkway at the traffic light for Preserve Parkway.  Drive to top of the mountain.  See Village Green on the left.  Drive just past the paved parking spaces on the right of Preserve Parkway, drive past the separate paved parking lot on the right across the Parkway from the restaurant and row of businesses and finally please drive into the traffic circle or roundabout just beyond the row of offices and businesses which you’ll see on your left. Go ¼ of the way around the roundabout and then turn right off the roundabout and go up the small hill into the dirt parking lot on the right. See sign for Moss Rock Preserve Parking at start of this drive.  Park in that dirt parking lot and meet the hike leader there.  Total distance on Preserve Parkway is 7/10 miles. 

MARCH 9, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m. 
Dayhike
Where: The new Shoal Creek Park, Montevallo, Alabama

Details: Southeastern Outings has planned an easy approximately 4.1-mile hike on 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.  We subsequently had a highly successful hike for the entire group on December 22, 2018.
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.  Total hike distance is about 4.1 miles. 
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.
For those concerned about having to cross the slippery log over the creek, please be advised that the trail now crosses the creek on a brand new, sturdy, concrete bridge. Also please note that the restrooms in the park are now completely constructed and open for your use.
The park is located 1.1 miles south of American Village on AL Highway 119 in Montevallo.
Please bring your picnic lunch, water, and a hiking pole or two with you. 
The hike leader requires that each hiker bring a hiking stick.  There are places where the trail is steep and/or slippery because of wet pine straw.
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. 
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles without complaining are welcome.
Admission to the park is free!
Info: Bill Ennis, 205/405-4636 cell or email billennis47@gmail.com

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 13, WEDNEDSAY, Meet 12:45 p.m.

Moderate Weekday Hike Along Buck Creek in Helena, AL 

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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.

Please meet at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot for the Helena City Park on AL Highway 261 in Helena.  We plan to depart from there at 1:00 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


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

February 2019 Activities

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

FEBRUARY 9, SATURDAY
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


CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTED RAIN
FEBRUARY 12, TUESDAY, 10:45 a.m.

Weekday Hike

Where: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve


Details: Join SEO for a moderate, approximately four-mile, big loop 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 see remnants of old iron ore mining operations which took place on the mountain.  We’ll stop by and visit three old iron ore crushers, stop by the entrances to three, different types of iron ore mines, walk around the new wetlands area, see a real artesian well which still emits copious amounts of water, and view foundations for ore car hoists and various water tanks.

This trip will involve some elevation gain hiking between the lowland sections of the park to the top of Ruffner Mountain.

Please bring your picnic lunch and drinking water with you. 

Meet 10:45 a.m. at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center Pavilion.  We plan to depart from there at 11:00 a.m.

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


FEBRUARY 16, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Dayhike
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


CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
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

CANCELLED FOR RAIN
FEBRUARY 19, TUESDAY, 10:45 a.m.
Southeastern Outings Weekday Hike
Where: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Details: We are pleased to inform you that we have rescheduled our weekday hike at Ruffner Mountain.  It was previously scheduled for February 12 and was cancelled due to heavy rains.  Now we have rescheduled it for Tuesday, February 19, same time, and same place.  We have slightly altered the hike description, and the leader is different. 

CANCELLED
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


January 2019 Activities

JANUARY 5, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Moderately Strenuous Dayhike on the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail System at Lake Martin, near Alexander City, Alabama


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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!  Please meet 8:45 a.m. at Publix in the Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age ten and over welcome.
Optional restaurant dinner after.
Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680
JANUARY 6, SUNDAY, Meet 1:15 p.m.
Walk Very Near Birmingham
Where: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson in Jefferson County, Alabama
Details: You are invited to participate in an easy, fun Southeastern Outings short Sunday afternoon dayhike in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson.  Come walk with us through this heavily-wooded area.  We’ll hike on the new trail which has been officially opened since 2012. The trail extends from the upper parking area through the woods to a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve.  Please bring drinking water with you.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over are welcome.
Note-To view photos of what we will see on this trip, please click on this link: 
Please be sure to click on the link and view the photographs.
Please meet 1:15 p.m. at 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 plan to depart from there at 1:30 p.m.
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


JANUARY 8, TUESDAY, 10:00 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 10:00 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 10:15 a.m.
Information: Scott Myers, 205/393-5230

CANCELLED BECAUSE of WEATHER
JANUARY 12, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Point Mallard Park, Decatur, Alabama
Details: The hiking route offers very scenic views.  The Point Mallard Park trail runs right along Wheeler Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River.
At some point during the event, we anticipate also going to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Observation Building.  Please bring a picnic lunch and drink to eat on the trail.  Rated fairly easy.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over are welcome.  Optional dinner after. 
Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680
JANUARY 13, 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: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367
JANUARY 19, SATURDAY
OPEN

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