6 mid-range golf clubs around Birmingham that won’t break the bank

Peep the Birmingham skyline in the background! Photo via Highland Golf Course’s Facebook

Now that the weather has cooled down, we’re looking for any excuse to enjoy some time outdoors. How about a round of golf? Here are six unique courses around Birmingham offering memberships and tee times that don’t require a private invitation or break the bank.

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Spelunking + exploring some of Alabama’s underground caves

Can you believe Stephens Gap is just a short drive away from Birmingham? Photo via Outdoor Alabama on Facebook

Have you heard of spelunking? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, but now that I’ve taken a deep dive into everything underground, I’m fascinated. Here’s a look at this adrenaline rush of a hobby and some of Alabama’s most awe-inspiring caves.

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Ruffner Mountain wins nation’s highest abandoned mine land reclamation award

Abandoned mine portal gate at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Bob Farley, provided to Bham Now by the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program

A project at Ruffner Mountain has won the nation’s highest achievement in the field of abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation, thanks to efforts to protect residents along trails and bats living in abandoned mines.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors, help Bham blossom + more reasons to volunteer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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You can play a role in protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

If you’ve been outside at all in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed how gorgeous the weather has been. If you’re wanting to spend more time outside, meet new people and make a difference in Birmingham, we’ve got just the thing for you. But don’t take our word for it—keep reading to hear from volunteers with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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Making weekend plans? Here are 6 Birmingham clay shooting ranges you’ll love

2020 has been full of uncertainty, and you’re probably looking for some major stress relief. Today, we’re not talking yoga or spa days…we’re talking clay shooting. If you’re looking for a way to spend your Saturday, you’ll love these 6 Birmingham clay shooting ranges—all less than two hours away.

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Pack your bags! 3 types of fall getaways you can enjoy in DeKalb County

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I’ll hit the road right now if it’s headed to anywhere that looks like this. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

After this year, we’re all in need of a peaceful getaway—and DeKalb County is the place to do it. With some of the most beautiful outdoor offerings and fall foliage in the country, Alabama’s Mountain Town is the perfect autumn destination. They truly have a trip for everyone, and we did the work for you.

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Bham budget cuts to nature preserves and green spaces highlight need for region wide support

Birmingham Mountain High Hikers at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to longtime supporters at Ruffner Mountain, in 2020, more people will have walked the popular and beloved nature preserve’s trails than at any time in its 43 year history.

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Natural Bridge Park: Adventures with Adamson Ford ep. 6

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The longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Over 200 million years ago, most of Alabama was covered in a shallow sea. When the water washed the sandstone away, ancient iron ore veins were left behind. Today, that iron ore is holding up a massive natural bridge. We went to check it out for ourselves, thanks to our friends over at Adamson Ford.

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3 ways you can become an Alabama State Parks champion

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King’s Chair at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo from the Alabama State Park Facebook page

When you enter Oak Mountain State Park, the entrance road is called John Findlay, III Drive. Have you ever wondered, who was John Findlay, III?  A park ranger? An Alabama state legislator or local politician in the area? A former landowner? None of the above.  

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Southern Environmental Center offering fall outdoor education programs

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Turkey Creek – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Seeking outdoor education programs this school year?

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (TCNP) and Southern Environmental Center (SEC) have options for students at home during the pandemic and schools looking to get the kids outside this fall.

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