5 beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of Birmingham

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Look at that rainbow in this beautiful view of Desoto Falls. Photo via DeKalb County Tourism and Heather Harkins Photography

Yes, living in Birmingham provides us the luxury of hanging out at rooftop happy hours in the city and experiencing local talent at music festivals; however, did you know that we also have some unique waterfalls to explore within miles of the city? So if you were thinking you had to book a plane ticket to witness multiple cascading waterfalls, we’re here to tell you that you were wrong. Respectfully, of course! Here are five of the most beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of Birmingham.

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3 Mountain Brook entertainment districts approved by Alabama House

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Continental Bakery at English Village could become part of a new entertainment district. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Legislation establishing Mountain Brook Village, English Village and Crestline Village as entertainment districts passed the Alabama House of Representatives.

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5 spring kayaking adventures in and around Birmingham

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Photo by Keith Bozeman, Kayak at sunset at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge near Decatur, Alabama. Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The weather is heating up, which means it’s time for outdoor adventures. We’ve previously told you why Birmingham is a paddler’s paradise, and now we’re back to let you know how you can get in on it.

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Meet the volunteers who make the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale special

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Dorothy Ogdon with a tropical favorite—the bromeliad. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (FBBG) is hosting its annual Spring Plant Sale—the Friends’ largest plant sale fundraiser of the year—online in April.

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Volunteers remove nearly 3 tons of trash from Black Warrior Watershed in 2021

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper cleanups in 2021. Photo via Black Warrior Riverkeeper Watershed

Back in January of this year, Bham Now reported on an important Black Warrior Riverkeeper initiative to rid the watershed and local neighborhoods of trash. Three months into 2021, they have enlisted the help of more than 250 volunteers to remove nearly 3 tons of debris. 

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Sprint to these 7 local stores for your next pair of running shoes

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Check out some of the great Birmingham stores selling your next pair of running shoes. Photo via The Trak Shak’s Facebook

Trainers, tennis (or “tenny”) shoes, dogs, or whatever else you call running shoes, are in hot demand right now. Not only are they an essential part of a good exercise routine, but running shoes have also become a hot fashion statement. Keep reading to see where you can get your next pair.

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Hunker down Birmingham, “High Risk” in the forecast for Alabama

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The March 25, 2021 , 5:00a.m. forecast via the NWS Birmingham Office

Be prepared Birmingham. Today, the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe weather potential for most of Northwest and Central Alabama to “High Risk,” it’s highest severe and dangerous weather threat level. 

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9 Birmingham races you need to run this spring

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Who else is excited for spring runs and races? Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

As spring comes full-fledged to Birmingham, we’re all wanting to get outside more. Check out these nine upcoming Birmingham races that are the perfect way to enjoy this wonderful weather, whether you’re a casual 5k-er to the next Shalane Flanagan or Steve Prefontaine.

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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Alabama moves up nationally in biodiversity, according to BSC scientist

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North Alabama cubbies. Photo by Hannah Leeper

Don’t you love it when a new blog by a respected scientist makes an announcement that makes you proud to live in Alabama. 

Earlier this week, according to the first post in his new blog, Birmingham-Southern College professor Dr. Scot Duncan revealed that he had crunched the numbers and — drumroll please… 

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Forest Service adds critical 40 acres to the Sipsey Wilderness

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Sipsey River running through the newly protected 40 acres within the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo via Conservation Fund

One of the last two private inholdings of land within the Sipsey Wilderness of Bankhead National Forest is now officially protected, according to an announcement by the USDA Forest Service and The Conservation Fund.

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Extreme local sports. Who are the Ultra Trail Runners in the Birmingham area?

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BUTS President Lisa Booher. Photo via Alex Morrow

100 miles. I’ve got to admit, before I started writing this article about ultra trail running, that’s all I could think about. Superhuman people in our community who can run on a trail for 24 hours at a distance that equals a trek from Birmingham to Huntsville.That’s what ultra trail running is…right?  

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