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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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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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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Birmingham’s Grasselli community: Haskell Hideaway + local schools getting national recognition

Hit the trails early to make sure you beat crowds waiting to get their chance to walk the rope bridge. Photo via Vulcan Wiki

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s Grasselli community. It’s home to an award-winning culinary arts program and a university that partnered with the tech giant, Apple, to expand coding education opportunities throughout the state. Lastly, there’s a local fashion designer that you’ll want to keep on your radar.

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Exploring Birmingham’s Southwest community + 2 must-try local restaurants

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Have you been to Tip Top Grill? Photo via their Facebook page

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s Southwest community. Southwest has a lot to offer and some of your favorite places may be in this community without you even knowing.

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

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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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Love nature? Learn how to support 5 of Birmingham’s beautiful parks!

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View from Hawk’s View Overlook at Ruffner Mountain. Photo via Ruffner Mountain on Facebook

The Magic City has no shortage of beautiful views—but one of the most unique perspectives are at our local parks. Check out these ways to support our beautiful nature preserves!

If you can’t make it out to one of Alabama’s parks right now, many of them are going virtual—learn more!

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Today is Birmingham Day! The Magic City was established 148 years ago on December 19, 1871

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The Vulcan statue watches over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

Happy 148th birthday Birmingham!

On this day, December 19th, 1871, the city of Birmingham was incorporated by the state of Alabama. In 1925, the Birmingham City Commission officially adopted December 19th as Birmingham Day.

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Red Mountain Park was once a sea of stumps? Explore 200 years of landscape changes in Alabama

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Aerial photo of the what is today Red Mountain Park in the 1900s. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

When I was in the 4th grade, I took my first Alabama history class. Without fail, each day, the teacher outlined Alabama on the chalkboard–the rectangular box with the “high heels” that is Baldwin and Mobile counties. At the end of each class, she would wipe away that outline of the state.

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National Trails Day

We’ll hike the Mountain, learn more about the mining history of Red Mountain Park and Birmingham, and enjoy snacks along the beautiful trails!

Birmingham featured in family getaway story by the popular website Scary Mommy

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Supporting McWane Science Center is a hands-on activity at Beaker Bash. Photo submitted

Just in time for Spring Break, Scary Mommy, a digital publication with over 3.9 million “likes” on Facebook, has published a story featuring Birmingham as an ideal family getaway.

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6 ways you can protect Alabama’s public lands including becoming a Wilderness Ranger

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The “Big Tree” in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo credit: Tony Barber

This past December 2018, heavy rains and winds blew down a large pine tree on top of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Constructed only a couple of years ago, the purpose of the greenhouse was to grow native trees and flora and plant them within Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Its untimely destruction was a huge setback for the preserve financially and ecologically.

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