June 2022 Activities

 

JUNE 18, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Waterfall Walk, Stream Wade and Long Swims

Where: South Caney Creek in the Bankhead National Forest 

 

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Details: Join us for hikes to two beautiful waterfalls on South Caney Creek.  We’ll swim at both of the falls.  These falls are exceptionally lovely.  We’ll walk through the woods to one waterfall, stop, have lunch overlooking the waterfall and swim there and get underneath the waterfall if you wish.  Then we’ll wade for about a mile IN the creek to a second, larger waterfall where we’ll swim and stand under the waterfall again if you like.  Then we’ll walk from that second waterfall through the woods back to the cars. 

As you can see from the photos, you are assured of staying cool when you swim in the two stream pools, stand or lie down under one or both of the waterfalls and wade in South Caney Creek! Twenty-two people participated in this very popular outing in July, 2017.

This outing is rated moderately strenuous because the walks through the woods from the cars to the first waterfall we’ll see and from the second waterfall back to the cars are completely off trail through the woods and there are some short, steep hills to climb up and go down along the way.

          If you think that you may want to come home before the group outing is completed, please don’t come on this outing.  In order to prevent traffic congestion at the usual public trail head, our vehicles will be parked at a remote location during the entire outing.  Outing participants will probably not be able to walk unguided back to their cars before the outing is completed. The walk through the woods portion is completely off trail.

For the hikes through the woods we recommend that you wear long pants.  This will reduce your contact with ticks and chiggers and prevent your legs from being scratched.  You may wear hiking boots or sturdy water or wading shoes for the in-woods walks.  We strongly recommend that you bring two sturdy hiking poles for wading in the creek.  Using poles as you walk in the stream will substantially reduce the chance of your falling!

For the creek wade portion of this trip please wear old shorts or a swim suit and sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  Bare feet, flip-flops, loose slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!  Also bring a towel along with your picnic lunch and water.

          After the outing we are planning to go to a restaurant for an optional dinner.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant and if you would like to wash up and change clothes for dinner, we suggest that you bring soap, a washcloth, towel and a complete change of clothes with you to be kept in the car during the hike.  After the outing is completed, you can wash up and change clothes in the spacious restrooms at the restaurant in Double Springs. 

Well-behaved, properly-supervised children age 7 and over welcome.  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. or you may meet the group at 10:30 a.m. at Jacks in Double Springs. 

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


JUNE 25, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings River Float, Picnic, Swim on the Locust Fork River from Taylor’s Ford through Cornelius Falls in Blount County near Royal, AL

 

 

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Details: Easy river float on the Locust Fork River.  Float in the river from Taylor’s Ford through Cornelius Falls and below.  We’ll float downstream to the widest waterfall on the Locust Fork River.  Enjoy eating your picnic lunch sitting on the rocks overlooking the waterfall.  This is one of the prettiest lunch spots we have ever seen in Alabama.  As we float we’ll also view sheer cliffs that rise high above the river.  So enjoy a flowing river, high rock bluffs and a gorgeous waterfall—all along a nearly uninhabited stretch of this river.  Please bring a picnic lunch, drink, sunscreen and something to float on such as a fabric-covered, inflatable vinyl float.  See Float Note below for additional information.

          Please wear swimsuit and sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!  You must be able to swim to participate in this outing!

          Have fun swimming in the pools in the river and just sitting in Cornelius Falls.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up able to swim welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.

Please bring a friend or several if you wish.  Meet 9:45 a.m. at the Cleveland Chevron.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Info. and trip leader: Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680 

 

May 2022 Activitites

 MAY 1, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.

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

 

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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 May 1 Dan Frederick will scout Option A to ascertain whether the waterfall is likely to be running or not on May 1.  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 picnic lunch and water with you.

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

Please meet at 1:45 p.m. in the DVGWT trail head parking lot on Shelby County Highway 41.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

Information and Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680

 

MAY 7, SATURDAY, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings 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 observation 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.  

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 seoutings@bellsouth.net

 

MAY 11, WEDNESDAY, Meet 9:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Weekday Hike: Cahaba River Park in Western Shelby County north of Montevallo

 

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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 fourth, moderately easy approximately 5 mile-long hike in this newly created park.  

Cahaba River Park includes 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 splits 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 now complete.  The Park offers about 15 miles of professionally designed and constructed 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; 2 sets of pavilions and restroom facilities; and a caretaker’s house for a law enforcement officer.

        Our hike in the Helena/Hoover Sector on May 11 will include walking on several trails.  The park’s trails offer a nice blend of forest and creek and river views including a good view of the area’s elevation.

Please bring your picnic lunch and water with you on the hike.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk five miles without complaining are welcome to participate in this trip.

Please meet at 9:00 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 9:15 a.m.

            Admission to the park is free.

Information and Trip Leader: Francis Rushton, 205-290-5557

 

MAY 14, SATURDAY, 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 exact change $3 per person ($2 for children age 2-6 and seniors age 62 and older) park admission, your picnic lunch 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 water and your picnic lunch 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.

Information and Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, phone 205-631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net.

  

MAY 21, SATURDAY, 9:45 a.m.

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

 

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

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

 

MAY 24, TUESDAY, 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

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Details: Please come with us on a TUESDAY 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 Tuesday, May 24 event, Southeastern Outings has also scheduled a prior, additional Cahaba Lily walk to this area on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

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 seoutings@bellsouth.net

 

MAY 28, SATURDAY, Picnic at 7:30 p.m.  Concert begins at 8:00 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                                                    


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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.  The musical compositions to be played on this Saturday evening program will be announced at a later date.                           

 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 7:30 p.m.         Concert itself begins at 8:00 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 2022 Activities

 

APRIL 2, SATURDAY, Meet 10:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Richard Martin Trail (previously named Limestone Rail Trail), Elkmont, Alabama

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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. 

Walk on one of Alabama’s rails-to-trails conversion routes on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide, level and paved.  No hills on this trail.  On this particular hike you will be walking on a scenic trail which goes through fields, near houses and through the woods.  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.                         

Please meet 10:45 a.m. at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride.  We plan to depart from there at 11:00 a.m.

Info. and Trip Leader: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

 

APRIL 9, SATURDAY, 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike

Where: Moss Rock Preserve

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Details: Explore a section of this 350-acre forested park in Hoover on a moderately strenuous 2-3 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, grassy areas, outstanding views and several beautiful streams and waterfalls which hopefully will be running bountifully when we are there. 

We recommend that you bring hiking poles with you on this hike if you have them.

        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 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Rock Preserve Parking Lot on Patton Chapel Road. We plan to depart from there promptly at 10:00 a.m.

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

Below is a link to the website for Moss Rock Preserve, where you can print a map of the trails in Moss Rock Preserve for use on this hike or on future hikes there on your own,

 http://www.hooveral.org/219/Hiking-Map-Trail-Guide

Info. and Trip Leader:  David Shepherd, 205/ 240-4681, email davidshep2@yahoo.com

 

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

Southeastern Outings Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park

 

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Details: Enjoy a moderate 4 to 5-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

 

APRIL 13, WEDNESDAY, Meet 9:00 a.m.

Weekday Hike

Where: Beeswax Creek Park, Lay Lake, Wilsonville, Alabama

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Details: Beeswax Creek Park, bordered by Beeswax Creek to its north and Lay Lake (Coosa River) to its east, is located in the Columbiana/Wilsonville area. Beeswax Creek Park has many amenities including two picnic pavilions, three fishing piers, a 2.8- mile multi-use trail for hiking, two restroom facilities and a huge parking lot.  A caretaker provides security for the park. Alabama Power Company, through its "The Preserves" program, has added a boardwalk and a bridge to the trail system, created a pollinator plot with interpretive signs, and built two gazebos overlooking Lay Lake.

        Please meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Publix in Lee Branch.  We plan to depart from there at 9:15 a.m.

        Admission to the park is free.

Info. and trip Leader: Francis Rushton, 205-290-5557

 

APRIL 16, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 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 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 8:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s Restaurant in Trussville.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m. or meet 10:20 a.m. at the Eubanks Welcome Center on the Chief Ladiga Trail in Piedmont.

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

 

APRIL 16, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings 11-Mile Bicycle Ride

Where: Chief Ladiga Trail, Piedmont, Alabama

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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 April 16.   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 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 8:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s Restaurant in Trussville.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m. or meet 10:20 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 seoutings@bellsouth.net 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 Leaders: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680, email seoutings@bellsouth.net and Wimberly Scarbrough, 571-235-5899, email scarbrowl@hotmail.com

 

APRIL 23, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Outing, Big Wills Creek near Gadsden, Alabama. 

 

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Details: This will be Southeastern Outings’ twelfth kayak and canoe trip on Big Wills Creek.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.  This stretch is fairly easy and without classified rapids.  Along the river we’ll see wildflowers and stop to investigate islands and beaches.  Forty-six SEO people participated in this very popular outing in 2015.

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 and one or two-person (tandem) sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles from Big Wills Outfitters.

Here is the schedule of outfitter charges:

 

1.    solo kayaks each $30

2.    canoes and tandem kayaks $50 each

3.    shuttle fee per boat for owned rather than rented boats $10

 

  Rental fees include life jackets and shuttle service.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a fee all private boats used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a boat from Big Wills Outfitters, please call the outfitter BEFORE Saturday, April 23 at 256/538-3226 to reserve your boat.  Tell the outfitter you are boating with Southeastern Outings.  Please note that the outfitter has only 5 canoes and 57 one-person sit-upon kayaks and 5 tandem (2-person) sit-upon kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of one type or the other are reserved for April 23, there will be no more boats of that type available to rent! 

If you rent a boat from this outfitter, the outfitter will take you and your rented boat to the put in, and you will take out at the outfitter’s property so you will never need to transport your rented boat at all.  Life jackets, paddles and shuttle fee are included in the rental boat fee for those who rent boats from the outfitter.  You may bring your own canoe or kayak on this trip, but you must pay the outfitter to shuttle your privately-owned boat.  For more information about the outfitter and photos of the creek, please visit their website www.facebook.com/bigwillsoutfitters

When we arrive at the outfitter’s, you will sign a waiver, pay your shuttle or boat rental fee, use the restroom, and then eat lunch in the picnic area at the outfitter’s.  After you finish lunch, the outfitter will transport ALL the boaters and their boats, both rented and owned, to the put in.  We will then paddle down the creek to the take out, stopping as often as we want to.

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

        After the canoe and kayak trip we are hopefully planning to go to a restaurant in Gadsden for dinner.  Our going to dinner depends on what time we finish boating.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant after the kayak and canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes.  A changing room is available at the outfitter’s.

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.

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

Info. and trip leader: If you have questions or would like additional information about this outing, please call or email Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680. 

 

APRIL 24, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.

Southeastern Outings Wildflower Walk in a Forest Preserve in Homewood

Where: Homewood Forest Preserve

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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.  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.

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

 

APRIL 30, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip, Locust Fork River

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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, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE April 30 to reserve your boat.  Dan will then 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 April 30, 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, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE April 30 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 April 30 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.

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 seoutings@bellsouth.net 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.

        If you want to come on the April 30 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. 

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