May Activities 2024

 MAY 4, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip, Locust Fork River



Details: A fun Southeastern Outings kayak and canoe trip on Section 1 of the Locust Fork River in Blount County.  This stretch, which several of us have canoed many times previously, is fairly easy and without classified rapids.  Along the river we’ll see lots of wildflowers and stop to investigate islands and beaches.

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

Please note that for this trip you may rent one person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles for $30 each at the put-in from River Beach Outfitters.  Rental fees include shuttle service.  Also, the outfitter will charge a $15 fee for all private boats, be they canoes or kayaks, used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a kayak from the outfitter, please notify Dan Frederick, southeasternoutings@gmail.com or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE May 4 to reserve your boat.

If you want to come on the May 4 SEO kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter at the site of the trip, in this instance you are required to call or contact ONLY the trip leader and notify him that you are coming!  Dan will inform the outfitter how many rental kayaks he will need to provide to SEO people for this trip.

Please note that the outfitter has only 70 one-person kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their solo kayaks are reserved for May 4, there will be no more kayaks available to rent!

This outfitter does not have canoes to rent.  However, Dan Frederick’s daughter, Aree, currently has canoes which she is offering to rent to people who want to canoe on this trip and who do not have their own canoes.  The charge for renting a canoe from Aree is $50 per boat.  Southeastern Outings will pay the $15 per boat shuttle service fee for people renting canoes from Aree.  Again, please notify Dan Frederick, southeasternoutings@gmail.com or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE May 4 to request a rental canoe if that is what you want.  We will do our best to fulfill your request. 

Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place on May 4 without making an advance reservation with Dan Frederick!! 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!!

        Life jackets are required and must be worn.  You are responsible for finding your own boat.  Bring your own, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent from the outfitters listed.

Please bring with you 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, thick-soled 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 rope attached to your own canoe.  If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.

For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips at the end of this calendar.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Cleveland Chevron Service Station.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Reservations Required: You are required to contact Dan Frederick by email southeasternoutings@gmail.com or call 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip.  Please advise your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you are bringing a canoe or kayak and whether you need a paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s answering machine if you wish.

Info. and Trip Leader: If you have further questions, please contact Dan Frederick, southeasternoutings@gmail.com or call 205/631-4680.

 

MAY 11, SATURDAY, please meet 8:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip on the Elk River near Elkmont, Alabama



Details: The six-mile section we will paddle is easy with no obstructions.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.

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

Please note that for this trip you may rent one person sit-in plastic kayaks and paddles for $20 per person or you may rent two-person canoes also for $20 per person from Flint Creek Canoe and Kayak Rental.  Please note that this outfitter currently has NO sit-upon kayaks to rent. 

If you rent a boat from this outfitter, the outfitter will bring your rented boat to the put in and meet you there.  He will also meet you at the take out, so you will never need to transport your rented boat at all.  Shuttle fee, paddles, and life jacket are included in boat rental fee for those who rent boats from the outfitter. 

If you wish to rent a kayak or canoe from the outfitter, please notify Dan Frederick, southeasternoutings@gmail.com or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE May 11 to reserve your boat.

If you want to come on the May 11 SEO kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter at the site of the trip, in this instance you are required to call or contact ONLY Dan Frederick and notify him that you are coming!  Dan will inform the outfitter how many rental kayaks and canoes he will need to provide to SEO people for this trip.

Also, the outfitter will charge a $20 per person fee for all privately-owned boats, be they canoes or kayaks, used on this outing. 

This is a new outfitter for Southeastern Outings.  Both of the two Elk River outfitters we used previously closed their businesses.  However, we will still boat on the same stretch of the Elk River as we have done previously. 

Note that the outfitter is giving us a $5 per person discount off his regular prices if we bring more than 5 people in our group.  We have always had many more than 5 people on our kayak and canoe outings, so we are quoting the rates we anticipate being charged on this outing.

Children able to swim and age 10 and over welcome.

After the kayak/canoe trip we will go for dinner at an excellent Italian restaurant in Athens, Alabama.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant after the kayak and canoe trip, please bring your things to clean up with and a change of clothes.  After the kayak and canoe outing is completed we plan to schedule a stop at the Alabama Welcome Center a few miles south of the Tennessee/Alabama State Line.  You will be able to change clothes and wash up there in relative comfort if you wish.

Please meet 8:00 a.m. at the Jacks parking lot near the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride.  We plan to depart from there at 8:15 a.m.

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

        If you are planning to meet the group initially at the put in instead of at the designated meeting place near Birmingham, please tell Dan Frederick in advance that you are planning to meet the group at the put in.

        Please do not make it necessary for Dan to contact you concerning information which you have already received in this announcement and the notes below.

Info. and trip leader: If you have further questions, please call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email southeasternoutings@gmail.com.

 

MAY 16, THURSDAY, please meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Leisurely Weekday Cahaba Lily Walk

Where: Hargrove Shoals, Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge, along the Cahaba River in Bibb County



Details: Please come with us on a THURSDAY to see the largest display of blooming Cahaba lilies in the world, acres and acres of them spread out over the water in the river.  These lilies are a sight to behold!  In places, it often looks like it has snowed on the river in May.

        Over seven miles of the Cahaba River lie within the Refuge boundary. The rolling uplands surrounding the river are forested with mountain longleaf and loblolly pines. Mixed upland hardwood species line ravines and the river's edge.

        The largest known stand of the imperiled shoals lily (known locally as the Cahaba lily) also occurs within the Refuge.  During May and June, this beautiful plant blooms, and people come from across the region to view this magnificent display of nature. Twenty people participated in a previous Southeastern Outings-sponsored weekday Cahaba lily walk in 2021.  We were pleased with the turnout then.  For your information, in addition to this Thursday, May 16 event, Southeastern Outings has also scheduled an additional Cahaba Lily walk to this area on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

The hike is about five miles round trip.  The walking pace for this hike will be moderately easy.  We’ll stop often to catch our breath and note views, trees, birdsongs, the trail and woods and lilies around us.  Happy hiking!

Wear sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  You’ll want to put on your river shoes so you can walk out into the shallow parts of the river to stroll through and touch the lilies which grow only in the water.  You’ll also need to wear your river wading shoes to wade through Caffee Creek in order to be able to walk to where you can view the largest stand of lilies at Hargrove Shoals. 

Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!! You may wear your sturdy river shoes for the entire trip if you wish.  Please bring picnic lunch and your drink.  Two hiking poles are strongly recommended to provide additional stability when wading in the river.

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

Info. and Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email southeasternoutings@gmail.com

 

MAY 18, SATURDAY, 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Cahaba Lily Walk, Hargrove Shoals along the Cahaba River in Bibb County



Details: Please come with us to see the largest display of blooming Cahaba lilies in the world, acres and acres of them spread out over the water in the river.  These lilies are a sight to behold!  In places, it often looks like it has snowed on the river in May.

        Over seven miles of the Cahaba River lie within the Refuge boundary. The rolling uplands surrounding the river are forested with mountain longleaf and loblolly pines. Mixed upland hardwood species line ravines and the river's edge.

        The largest known stand of the imperiled shoals lily (known locally as the Cahaba lily) also occurs within the Refuge. During May and June, this beautiful plant blooms, and people come from across the region to view this magnificent display of nature.

Well-behaved, properly-supervised children age 7 and over welcome. 

The hike is about five miles round trip.

Rated easy.  Wear sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  You’ll want to put on your river shoes so you can walk out into the shallow parts of the river to stroll through and touch the lilies which grow only in the water.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!! You may wear your sturdy river shoes for the entire trip if you like.  Please bring picnic lunch and your drink.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended to provide additional stability when wading in the river.

Please meet at 8:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

Info. and hike leader: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or southeasternoutings@gmail.com


MAY 25, SATURDAY, Picnic at 7:00 p.m.  Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
FREE Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Concert                   

Where: Railroad Park situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets South in downtown Birmingham                              


                       

Details: Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, the ASO is excited to play a free series of concerts in Birmingham's Railroad Park! Enjoy music under the stars with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.                                                       

Please join us for this special concert which promises to yield a great evening of fun.  Relax on the lawn with your blanket or lawn chair.  If you’d like to eat with us, please bring your picnic (no glass or alcohol allowed) to enjoy at 7:00 p.m.         Concert itself begins at 7:30 p.m.                                                  

To find the group, please look for the Southeastern Outings people near the walkway on the railroad side (far side of park away from 1st Avenue South) of the park.  You are welcome to bring as many friends and family members as you wish.   

Admission: FREE                                                                           

More Info: Please call the ASO office, 205/251-6929 or Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680

April Activities 2024

 APRIL 6, SATURDAY

Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Sipsey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest



Details: Moderately strenuous, 4-mile dayhike 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 on an 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 at least three very pretty waterfalls on Quillan Creek itself along the way.  We expect to see a minimum of a total of twelve lovely waterfalls on this trip.

Please bring picnic 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 southeasternoutings@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2024.  When you contact Dan, please be sure you leave either your phone number or email address.  This outing is limited to 10 people in order to comply with U.S. Forest Service regulations.  We hope the limitation will not prove to be a problem. 

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 10 people signed up on the day of the hike and, for example, 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.

At a later date leader will advise meeting time and place only to those who have signed up for this trip. 

Information and Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, southeasternoutings@gmail.com, or phone 205/631-4680

 

APRIL 13, SATURDAY, please meet 8:45 a.m.                                   Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. Alabama



Details: The former Lanark Estate in Millbrook, Alabama, was conveyed to provide for long-term stewardship of the property and development of an outdoor education facility that is now known as the Alabama Nature Center.  The Center is a planned use facility offering hands on, outdoor-based educational programs and activities for students, educators, church and civic groups, and the general public.             

The Center contains 350 acres of striking forests, fields, streams, wetlands and parks that are traversed by five miles of boardwalks and trails in three regions.

We plan to hike about 3.5 miles.  Hike is relatively easy.  Please bring $5.00 per person Nature Center admission fee with you.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and over able to walk about four miles without complaining are welcome on this outing.     

Optional dinner after the hike. 

Please meet for this outing at 8:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.                                                           

Information and Trip Leader: Dexter Duren, 205/765-2293

 

APRIL 14, SUNDAY, please meet 1:45 p.m.

Southeastern Outings 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.

Information and trip leader: Randall Adkins, 205-317-6969

 

APRIL 18, THURSDAY, please meet 9:30 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Leisurely Weekday Wildflower Walk in a Forest Preserve in Homewood

Where: Homewood Forest Preserve



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 spring wildflowers with us in the lower preserve.

The walking pace for this hike will be moderately easy.  We’ll stop often to catch our breath and note views, trees, birdsongs and the trail and woods around us. 

Please meet 9:30 a.m. in the church parking lot on South Lakeshore Drive in Homewood.  We plan to depart from there at 9:45 a.m.

Information and trip leader: Christine Heckemeyer205-979-5730

 

APRIL 20, SATURDAY, please meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Picnic Lunch and Moderate 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 $3 per person ($2 for children age 2-6 and seniors age 62 and older) park admission and a beverage for yourself. 

Dayhike Details: Hike rated moderate.  There are only a few ups and downs.  Total hiking distance is approximately 5.5 miles.  We plan to walk all the way around the lake and then also walk on some additional trails in the park to make the drive time down and back worthwhile. 

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age nine and over able to walk 6 miles without complaining are welcome.  Please bring your picnic lunch and 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. And Trip Leader: Dan Frederick email southeasternoutings@gmail.com or telephone 205-631-4680

 

APRIL 27, SATURDAY, please meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike

Where: Big Canoe Creek Nature Preserve, Springville, Alabama

Details: This will be Southeastern Outings’ very first ever hike in this new nature preserve.  The property is located along a beautiful, tree-canopied section of St. Clair County Highway 9 within the city limits of Springville in north St. Clair County. The property encompasses hilly, forested terrain and aquatic riparian habitat in and near Big Canoe Creek.  Big Canoe Creek Nature Preserve consists of 422 acres of pristine meandering creek, lush forest, one-of-a-kind species, wildlife, stunning flora and trails of all kinds to be traveled.  Trails traverse this Alabama Forever Wild property in Springville, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and mountain biking, paddling and a variety of other outdoor activities.

The Forever Wild Land Trust believes that this property presents a unique opportunity to serve as a focal point of sustainable regional economic and social activity while simultaneously helping to protect some of Alabama’s impressive aquatic biodiversity for generations to come.  Experience the Preserve’s biodiversity – from mountain laurel and native azalea to beech, red and sugar maple trees. Find hornbeams, black walnut, catalpa, butternut and bigleaf magnolia trees and perhaps, stands of river cane. 

The northern border spans about 2/3 mile of Big Canoe Creek, providing abundant creekside scenery and wildlife habitat. High points on the property afford views of the uppermost section of the Big Canoe Creek watershed, including beautiful, rural Canoe Creek valley and the opposing ridges of Pine and Blount mountains.

Take in the spectacular views of ridges, mountains and valley. Or spot a rare bird soaring above.       Each sunrise seems to reveal a new perspective on nature’s many gifts found beneath the canopy of its trees or along the banks of this stunning creek that runs for 50 miles. And each sunset beckons visitors to savor the memories of the sights, sounds and the enveloping feeling of it all.  It is a true gift of nature for us all to enjoy, to experience and to be inspired.

The hike will be relatively easy.  We expect to be hiking on the Slab Creek and Fallen Oak Trails.  Total hike distance is about 3.7 miles. 

Admission to the park is free.  Please bring your picnic lunch and beverage with you.  Carefully supervised, well-behaved children age 7 and over welcome.         Please meet 9:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s in Trussville.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Information and Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, email southeasternoutings@gmail.com or telephone 205-631-4680.

 

APRIL 28, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.

Southeastern Outings Sunday Afternoon Mountain Laurel Walk, Dunnavant Valley Greenway Walking Trail (DVGWT)



Details: The trail winds along a bubbling stream, Yellow Leaf Creek, overhung with majestic American beech, oak, and hickory trees. The stream rapidly expands to 15-feet wide before the end of the trail. 

We may offer two options.  Option A involves a short moderate hike off trail to view a pretty waterfall nearby, and then return to the main trail where we will hike to the far end of the trail and back to the start.  A few days before April 27 Dan Frederick will scout Option A to ascertain whether the waterfall is likely to be running or not on April 27.  Option B involves easy hiking on the main trail from start to end and return on the trail.  There are footbridges over the streams, and, except for a steep patch over a ridge, walking on the trail itself is easy. Happy hiking!  Please bring your water with you.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk 4 miles without complaining are welcome to participate.

Please meet at 1:45 p.m. in the small DVGWT trail head parking lot on the edge of Yellow Leaf Creek on the edge of the soccer fields on AL Highway 41.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.  Please note that this is a different meeting place and starting point from the place where we have begun our hike on this trail every other time in the past!

Information and Trip Leader: Dan Frederick205-631-4680

March Activities 2024

 MARCH 2, SATURDAY, please meet 9:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings dayhike

Where: Double Oak Park

Details: First of all, please note that this location is NOT Oak Mountain State Park. Double Oak Park is a new Shelby County park located on top of Double Oak Mountain and accessed from Shelby County Route 43 near Chelsea.

Double Oak Park is approximately 750 acres. Here’s a look at what you’ll find at the park:

  • Hiking trails

  • Mountain bike trails

  • Horseback trails

  • A picnic pavilion

  • Restrooms

This park is owned and maintained by Shelby County.

The park is located between Dunnavant Valley Road (County Highway 41) and Bear Creek Road (County Highway 43). The expansion of the Dunnavant Valley Greenway includes Double Oak Park, which features 8-9 miles of single-track trail that combines with the double track. Besides providing an option for recreation and a place for visitors to enjoy, the park will also preserve the land from development. Chad Scroggins, Shelby County, County manager, stated, “Double Oak Park is an opportunity for the Shelby County Commission to invest in an outdoor recreation park for hiking, biking, trail running, and very soon, horseback trails. The park consists of 750 acres of the tail end of the Appalachian Mountain chain in Shelby County just outside of Chelsea on County Road 43. We are excited to offer this pristine piece of the outdoors so close to residential areas and employment centers on US280.” Children age 9 and older able to walk 5 miles are welcome to come on this hike. Please bring picnic lunch and water with you. Please meet 10:00 a.m. at the Shelby County Highway 43 entrance to Double Oak Park.

Info. And Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, 205=6313-4680 or email southeasternoutings@gmail.com

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

Southeastern Outings Dayhike Where: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

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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.

We are grateful and very pleased that Matthew Robinson, Official Guide on the staff at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, has very kindly agreed to meet with us on March 9 and provide us with interesting historical information concerning the Battle of Horseshoe Bend during our walk.

Hike distance is 5.8 miles.

Admission to the park is free. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and over welcome.

Optional restaurant dinner after the hike. 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. And Trip Leader: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969


MARCH 10, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.

Southeastern Outings Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park

Note: Please remember to turn all your clocks ahead one hour before retiring on Saturday night, March 11.

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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 without complaining 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. and Trip Leader: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969


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

Southeastern Outings River Ramble

Barton’s Beach and Perry Lakes Park near Marion in Perry County, Alabama

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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 observation tower, which will probably be locked, allows, when it is open, for an exciting view of the forest and oxbow swamps.

Barton’s Beach, which is a property owned by the Alabama Nature Conservancy, is the largest sand and gravel beach on the entire Cahaba River. It is indeed a spectacular and beautiful sight to behold!

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.

Since the trails in the park may be muddy, we recommend that you bring a change of clothes with you in the car, especially a change of footwear and pants.

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 and hike leader: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or southeasternoutings@gmail.com


MARCH 16, SATURDAY, 5:00 p.m. After the hike

Low Country Shrimp Boil Supper



Where: Marion Female Seminary Building, 204 West Monroe Street, Marion, AL 36756

Details: After we complete our hike, 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, bread, and your choice of a multitude of homemade desserts. 

Live musical entertainment will be provided for your enjoyment at the shrimp boil on March 16, 2023 after our hike. Please plan to come!

Price for the meal is $25 flat charge to benefit the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.  There is no tax and no tip. Cash, checks and all major American credit cards are accepted forms of payment for the dinner.

 Please meet 9:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria. We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m. for the hike followed by the shrimp boil dinner.

For information concerning the dinner: Please call Kay Beckett, President of the Perry County Historical Society, at 334-292-0319.


MARCH 21, THURSDAY, please meet 10:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Weekday Walk Very Near Birmingham

Where: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson in Jefferson County, Alabama

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Details: You are invited to participate in a moderate but leisurely-paced, fun Southeastern Outings short dayhike in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson. There will be some gradual climbing for a while at the beginning.

Come walk with us through this heavily-wooded area. We’ll hike on a new trail on which we have hiked only once previously. The trail extends through the woods from the parking lot at the main park gate. Along the way we will stop to enjoy our lunches by a large creek with a beautiful, long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve.

Total hiking distance is about 3.2 miles. Please bring picnic lunch and drinking water with you.

Please meet 10:00 a.m. at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Main Gate parking lot on Turkey Creek Road. We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Share an adventure. Bring a friend or friends.

Info. and trip leader: Bonnie Black, 205-994-5434


MARCH 23, SATURDAY, please meet 9:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike

Where: Lake Lurleen State Park in Tuscaloosa County


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Details: Come on a highly enjoyable outing with Southeastern Outings’ most knowledgeable tree expert, Dexter Duren. On this walk you’ll see and learn to identify some of the trees around the lake.

Lake Lurleen State Park is one of the state’s most scenic state parks containing hills, forests, fields and a large, beautiful, tree-lined lake.

Hike rated moderate as there are some ups and downs. Total hiking distance is approximately 5 miles. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 10 and over able to walk 5 miles without complaining are welcome. Please bring picnic lunch, drink and hiking boots.

Everyone, please be sure you bring $5 per person ($2 per person for seniors age 62 and older and for children age 10-11) EXACT CHANGE park admission. Payment of park admission is on an honor system. There is usually no gate agent to make change for park visitors!

Please meet 9:00 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria parking lot. We plan to depart from there at 9:15 a.m. Or you may meet the group at 10:30 a.m. at the main parking lot in Lake Lurleen State Park. The meeting place in the park will be the parking lot on the left of the main park entrance drive immediately after you drive past the park admission toll booth as you enter the park.

Info: For info. about the hike, please call Dexter Duren, 205/765-2293.


MARCH 30, SATURDAY, Meet 9:15 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike

Where: Chief Ladiga Trail, Piedmont, Alabama

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Details: Join friendly folks on an easy 3.6-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, level and even paved! Absolutely no hills—guaranteed! On this particular hike you will be walking on the most scenic section of the trail. This newly-paved part 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 four 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 close by in Piedmont after the hike. You will have an opportunity to wash up and change clothes in the Eubanks Welcome Center restrooms after the hike. If you’d like to clean up and/or change clothes, please bring your soap and towel and/or change of clothes with you.

Please meet 9:15 a.m. at the Applebee’s Restaurant in Trussville. We plan to depart from there at 9:30 a.m. or meet 10:50 a.m. at the Eubanks Welcome Center on the Chief Ladiga Trail in Piedmont.

Reservations Required: If you want to come on this bicycle ride, please make a reservation with Sean Boogaard, phone 256-365-6321

Trip Leader and Info: Sean Boogaard, 256/365-6321.


MARCH 30, SATURDAY, Meet 9:15 a.m.

Southeastern Outings 11-Mile Bicycle Ride

Where: Chief Ladiga Trail, Piedmont, Alabama

Details: Join friendly folks for a 10.6-mile bicycle ride on the Chief Ladiga Trail in the Piedmont, Alabama area. Ride on Alabama’s first extended rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way. The trail we’ll be riding on is smooth, 8-10 feet wide and even paved. There are no hills on this trail. The trail is suitable for road bikes plus mountain, hybrid and urban bicycles. Ride through towns, fields and picturesque woodlands. No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!

Bicycle helmets are required and must be worn. Please bring a picnic lunch and drink.

The pace of this bicycle ride will be leisurely. From time to time we will stop bicycling just to enjoy the scenery and views from the four bridges over the creeks. However, please note that this ride is 10.6 miles long. We recommend that participants intending to come on this outing have bicycled at least a few times during the 30 days prior to March 30. In order to be assured that you can ride comfortably on this trip you should probably be able to ride at an average speed of 8-12 miles per hour on level terrain.

There will be an optional restaurant dinner close by in Piedmont after the bicycle ride. You will have an opportunity to wash up and change clothes in the Eubanks Welcome Center restrooms after the bicycle ride. If you’d like to clean up and/or change clothes, please bring your soap and towel and/or change of clothes with you.

Please meet 9:15 a.m. at the Applebee’s Restaurant in Trussville. We plan to depart from there at 9:30 a.m. or meet 10:50 a.m. at the Eubanks Welcome Center on the Chief Ladiga Trail in Piedmont.

Reservations Required: If you want to come on this bicycle ride, please make a reservation with Dan Frederick, email southeasternoutings@gmail.com or phone

205-631-4680. 

Also, if you have a bike rack which can hold more than one bicycle, please bring it with you to Piedmont in order to facilitate the required car shuttle and advise Dan that you are doing so. We will probably need to leave about two vehicles at the Eubanks Welcome Center in order to transport the drivers of all the remaining vehicles from the end point of the ride back to the start point to pick up their vehicles after the ride is concluded.

Information and Ride Leader: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680, email southeasternoutings@gmail.com