Spring hikes, classes + more at Birmingham nature spots

Birmingham nature spots
Get a load of that view. Photo via Oak Mountain State Park on Facebook.

When it rains it pours, especially in Alabama. But, when the sun shines again, make sure you take advantage of those beautiful spring days at one of these Birmingham outdoor classes.

1. Oak Mountain State Park

Sunrise Hike to Kings Chair 

Kings Chair is breathtaking on its own, but the view at sunrise? That’s gonna be one for the books. Stick around after, because Oak Mountain Brewing Company is set to open in March, and you can stop in for a much-earned lunch beer.

  • What: Take a guided hike to Kings Chair and watch the sunrise.
  • When: Mar.27, 5-9AM
  • Where: Meet at the North Trailhead Parking lot at Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, Alabama 35124
  • Contact: Email | Website

Fairy Houses in the Forest

You might think this is for children only, but I’m 100% adding it to my calendar. What’s more magical than a little fairy house tutorial?

  • What: Build fairy houses with OMSP and hear an expert from “Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies!”
  • When: April 4, 2-3:30PM
  • Where: Meet at the Oak Mountain State Park Campground Camp Store at Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, Alabama 35124
  • Contact: Email | Website

2.Cheaha State Park

Arts in the Environment

Isn’t the world around us our greatest inspiration when creating art? Get into your artistic element at Cheaha State Park and paint a sunny wildflower hillside. As temps warm up there’s a good chance you’ll find a couple of critters to include in your painting, too.

  • What: Paint with artist Brenda Gargus, no supplies needed.
  • When: Mar. 21, 1-3PM
  • Where: The Cleburne Room (Vista Cliffside Restaurant) at Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258
  • Contact: Email | Website

Waterfall Tour and Lunch with a VIEW!

The last time I went to Cheaha State Park I got lost trying to find the waterfall, and worst of all I didn’t have any snacks with me.  This tour solves both problems looks great on the ‘gram.

  • What: Join Park Naturalist Mandy Pearson on a waterfall tour + lunch
  • When: Mar. 28, 9AM-2PM
  • Where: Meet at Cheaha Mountain Store, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258
  • Contact: Email | Website

3. Ruffner Mountain

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Native Plant Sale

There’s never a bad time to add to your plant family. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain are bringing you over 3,2000 native plants for their annual sale!

  • What: A two-day event featuring over 3,2000 native plants for sale.
  • When: Apr.4, 9AM-2PM | Apr.5, 1-4PM
  • Where: Ruffner Mountain, 1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35206
  • Contact: Email | Website

Guided Hike: Wildflowers on the Mountain

Bring your cameras, or just enjoy the ride because this will be one beautiful hike. Does it get any better than wildflowers in the springtime?

  • What: A two-mile guided tour on Ruffner Mountain.
  • When: Mar.29, 1PM-4PM
  • Where: Ruffner Mountain, 1214 81st Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35206
  • Contact: Register | Website

Where will we find you Birmingham? Let us know on social @bhamnow!