6 mountain biking trails to check out in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park

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Perfect weather + beautiful Birmingham trails = your weekend plans. Photo via Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers

Temperatures in the 60s, nothing on our to-do lists until Monday morning, and plans that involve social distancing—sounds like the perfect time to go mountain biking. If you’re looking for a great bike ride, keep reading for awesome mountain biking trails in Birmingham. Plus, check out different groups for fellow mountain bike lovers!

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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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Look at Birmingham’s urban wildlife with Michelle Reynolds (PHOTOS + art)

Michelle Reynolds outside. Photo via Bob Farley
Michelle Reynolds where she’s happiest. Photo via Bob Farley

If you love the natural world and its creatures, you need to know Michelle Reynolds. Among other things, she’s a regular explorer of Birmingham’s urban wildlife, often posting gorgeous photos of her surprising discoveries so the rest of us can armchair travel with her. Keep reading to find out what I learned during our Q+A.

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5 reasons you should try geocaching in Birmingham if you love being outside

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My brother-in-law Joel Bullock and his son on a geocaching mission. Photo supplied

If you love scavenger hunts and outdoor adventures in Birmingham, geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) may be just the sport you’ve been waiting to discover.

Keep reading to find out what people love about geocaching and how you can get involved.

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Major mixed-use development approved across from Pelham Civic Complex and Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Amphitheater Road in Pelham next to concept drawing of The Canopy at Oak Mountain mixed-use development
Land opposite Pelham Civic Complex which will form part of The Canopy at Oak Mountain. Photos via Jon Eastwood and Genrev Properties.

The City of Pelham, just 15 miles away from Birmingham, has approved development agreements for a massive mixed-use project that could enter construction as early as this fall. Find out about The Canopy at Oak Mountain, including residential dwellings, retail, restaurants and more.

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Outside Magazine features Oak Mountain State Park in U.S. of Adventure online series

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Take in pristine nature at Alabama’s largest state park. Photo via Oak Mountain State Park’s Facebook page

Just in time for summer, Outside Magazine’s online publication is highlighting  several of our favorite local and nearby natural wonders in their United States of Adventure series.

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The inflatable water park at Oak Mountain State Park is now open

The inflatable water park at Oak Mountain State park has eight features guaranteed to make you wipeout! Photo via Flip Side Water Sports
The inflatable water park at Oak Mountain State park has eight features guaranteed to make you wipeout at least once! Photo via Flip Side Water Sports

School is wrapping up and summer is just around the corner! Do you know how you’ll fill those long summer days? Forget the sprinkler and ditch those kiddie pools—there’s a new inflatable water park open for business at Oak Mountain State Park. Here’s what you need to know before you get your bouncy jumpy on.

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94 ways to get healthier in Alabama and have fun at the same time

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View from Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by Linda Cato Wurstner-Oak Mountain State Park

Our forests, rivers and public lands in Alabama are chock full of opportunity for adventure. But, did you know they offer more than a great place to fish, hunt or hike? They actually help you stay healthier! Read on to find out how.

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Clear skies predicted in Birmingham for ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ total lunar eclipse events

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Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse in Huntsville taken in 2018, photo by Sam Calhoun

For skywatchers anxious to see the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ Total Lunar Eclipse on the evening of January 20, the Weather Channel forecast for Birmingham is clear and very cold.

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