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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17 Birmingham walking trails, including Kiwanis Vulcan Trail and more

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Rotary Trail – photo from Freshwater Land Trust

We know Birmingham’s hottest days aren’t the best for getting outside. But you don’t have to limit your exercise to the gym during the scorching summer. Birmingham walking trails offer lots of places to get out and get moving—and, in many cases, lots of shade as well.

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Moss Rock Preserve and Shades Creek Greenway added to the Alabama Birding Trails

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The Moss Rock Prairie/Meadow with Goldfinches in the golden Eared Coreopsis. Photo from the Friends of Moss Rock Preserve Facebook page.

Earlier this year, the Alabama Birding Trails program announced the addition of 10 new birding trail sites across Alabama, including two in the Birmingham area, the Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover and the Shades Creek Greenway in Homewood.

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