9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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National Go Fishing Day: Guide to 10 fishing spots in and around Birmingham

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Summer fun for the whole family. Dylan Colwell with a Lake Purdy catch. Photo via Lake Purdy Fishing’s website.

Happy National Go Fishing Day, Birmingham! With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, what’s a better way to enjoy summertime than by getting out and casting a line? We’ve got your guide to 10 great fishing spots in the Birmingham area.

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Alabama State Parks want veterans to come take a hike. You should join them!

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No matter how you decide to honor America’s veterans tomorrow and this weekend, be sure to tip your hiking cap to Alabama State Parks.

Photo of Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park courtesy of Alabama State Parks.
Photo of Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park by Alabama State Parks.

As a big thank you to armed service members, all 22 of Alabama’s state parks are waiving entrance fees for veterans November 11-13. No identification will be required, and the free admission includes all day-use areas within the parks.

What a reason to get out there and hike with your fellow Americans! Not to mention, Birmingham’s weather this weekend will be cooler with highs in the 70s on Veterans Day.

Photo courtesy of WBHM.
Photo by WBHM.

If you’re headed to Oak Mountain State Park, be sure to check out the new hiking signs. This story by WBHM outlines the work done by Lakeshore Foundation and the Alabama Trails Commission, via the Recreational Trails Program.

According to WBHM, “The $48,000 dollar project is supported by Lakeshore, along with grants from the federal government and the Munson Foundation, a group that’s given to environmental causes. The money goes to purchase mapping equipment, plus a program to train people in Alabama so other trails can be mapped.”

The new signs list information like: trail length, steepness, surface type and trail width. Now you’ll know just what you’re getting into before heading down the trails. 

Look out for more changes coming to Alabama State Parks, as voters passed Amendment 2 on Tuesday night. Those changes include privatizing certain park facilities like hotels and golf courses and limiting the legislature to designating park revenues for “other purposes.”

Opponents to State Park Amendment 2 claim privatization. Amendment 2 supporters disagree

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DeSoto Falls at DeSoto State Park

Well, this is surprising.

Amendment 2, the proposed Constitutional Amendment to protect State Park funding, has experienced since its passage in April, 2016, virtually universal support from every corner of the state.

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E. O. Wilson, James McClintock, R. Scot Duncan say “Vote YES on Amendment 2”

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Alabama holds some of the most beautiful geography and greatest biodiversity of any place on earth.  We are lucky to live here!  But according to some highly acclaimed scientists, if we don’t protect what we have, we could lose it.

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Kayaker on Little River

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Sick of politics? Here is a reason to be excited to vote – Protect your State Parks in November

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Tired of the Presidential Campaigns?  Turned off on politics?

Well, here is one very good reason to vote on November 8th in Alabama.

Vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment 2 to protect Alabama State Parks funding.

Since 2012, $15 million has been transferred away (mostly guest fees) from our State Parks System causing a fiscal crisis.  Constitutional Amendment 2 bans the transfer insuring that our State Parks are protected and permanently funded.

Checkout some of the new cool activities at Alabama’s State Parks.

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