Don’t miss 4 guided hikes led by Birmingham conservation groups in October, including Red Mountain Park

Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust

Breakout your hiking boots Birmingham.  4 local conservations groups will be leading specially guided hikes in October. Here is your chance, to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, recharge your batteries and meet folks.

Checkout our guide to October guided hikes in the Magic City

Ruffner Mountain – Fall Night Hike

Photo from Ruffner Mountain’s Facebook page.

Did you know some of the most spectacular views of Birmingham are from Ruffner Mountain? Our good friends at Ruffner Mountain are guiding hikers to Hawk’s View Overlook for a early evening walk in the woods. Not only is the walk in the woods beautiful, you get to experience a portion of it in darkness. Be awaken by the  smells and sounds of the forests.

Hike: Saturday, October 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Birmingham Audubon – Tom Imhof Memorial Beginner Bird Walk: Railroad Park

Birmingham Audubon
Photo of Birmingham Audubon’s Greg Harber. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Audubon.

Named in honor of one of Alabama’s greatest birders and author of the book  Alabama Birds, the Tom Imhof Memorial Beginner Bird Walk is a nice introduction to first time birders.   The hike is held on a Monday, October 8th to take advantage of the holiday. Imagine how jealous your co-workers will be on Tuesday when tell them you learned to identify birds on your day off. Come to think of it, invite your friends to join you!

Hike: Monday, October 8, 8:00am-10:00am at Railroad Park- Please RSVP

Freshwater Land Trust – Sunday Hike Series: Cahaba River Walk in Irondale

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Photo courtesy of the Freshwater Land Trust

Irondale is not just known for being the home of the Whistle Stop Cafe and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” discover the Cahaba River near Grants Mill Road. The Freshwater Land Trust is introducing hikers to new places around town to hike.  This hike is part of their Fall series of monthly hikes.

Hike: Sunday, October 14, 2:00 to 4:00pm at 2171 Grants Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210

Red Mountain Park -October Guided Hike and HOGA (Hiking & Yoga) Sunday Mornings and Afternoons

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Hiking and doing some yoga along the trails at Red Mountain Park – photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park is offering a special guided hike for park enthusiast this coming weekend at weekly their popular Sunday HOGA (hiking and yoga) events. Nearly double the size of New York’s Central Park, Red Mountain Park offers local history, fun with your pets, team-building activities and a break from the office.

Hike: Saturday, October 6, 9:00am to 10:15am at Red Mountain Park
Hikes: Weekly HOGA events on Sunday mornings and afternoon (get the schedule –HERE)

Did we miss any October Guided Hikes?  Please let us know! In the meantime, see you on the trails!

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.