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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New study says Bham is the 9th worst city for active lifestyles. Here’s why we disagree.

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Black People Run, Bike, and Swim is changing the way Birmingham views exercise. Photo via Jerri Haslem

ABC News 33/40 published an article on a WalletHub study saying that Birmingham ranks as the ninth worst city to live in for an active lifestyle. Yikes. However, no one knows working out in Birmingham better than us. So what makes Birmingham a good city for active lifestyles? Read on to find out.

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5 spots to FALL in love with the changing leaves in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park

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Is there anything prettier than a scenic drive in the fall? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You heard it here first, folks. Fall is the prettiest time to enjoy the beauty of some of Birmingham’s best parks. If you want to see the changing leaves in all their glory, there is no better time than now—so, we rounded up five of the best spots to see the changing Fall landscape in Birmingham.

We hopped in a new 2020 GLE350 for our drive out to Oak Mountain. Check out the inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham to learn more.

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Forever Wild considering 1600+ acre addition to Oak Mountain State Park (see aerial video)

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

The state of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program is considering a proposal to add over 1600 acres to Oak Mountain State Park, protecting “forever” the King’s Chair viewshed, one of the state’s most popular hiking destinations.

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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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Who knew? Oak Mountain State Park could have been a National Park + other fun facts

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Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by James Matlock from Outdoor Alabama

Oak Mountain State Park was going to be Alabama’s “Little Smoky Mountain National Park,” exclaimed Lauren Muncher, naturalist at the park. 

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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

Joel Bullock and his son geocaching in Birmingham
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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