Alabama is fortunate to have a vast, impressive trail network throughout the state. Trails wind through countless wooded areas, within close distance to white sandy beaches, and up to the highest mountains. However, historically there haven’t been many trail options available surrounding the state’s lakes. That recently changed with the addition of The Preserves, an initiative by Alabama Power to create multiple outdoor recreational areas around many of our beautiful lakes.
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Running in Alabama can be quite fun with all the miles of asphalt and trail available. It’s even more enjoyable when others join in. Here are four of our top running groups around the state that you can join for great runs and fantastic comradery.
The Richard Martin Trail, located in the charming town of Elkmont, Alabama is a 10-mile rail-trail that offers history, beautiful scenery, and all-around fun for those who like to hike, bike, and horseback ride. It was also the very first rail-trail developed in Alabama!
This month we have a guest blogger, Bob Lujano, one of our awesome Ambassadors. Bob highlights the process he took to achieve his 100 miles this year.
In Alabama, we are fortunate to have some of the best waterways and lakes for paddling in the entire country. There are over 5,300 miles of mapped, paddleable water in the state -- the most of any state!
An unassuming gravel parking lot steps off the county road was our introduction. No gates, no park rangers, no massive conference center with all the bells and whistles. Just a simple lot, wooden trailhead sign, and the makings of a great day ahead.
Hiking is a great activity for a variety of reasons. A broad range of ages and abilities can enjoy a day or longer out on the trails. Taking a hike allows one to connect with nature, see a beautiful sunset, or get the heart rate up on a steep climb. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just starting out, properly planning a hike is essential to having a good, safe experience. So, we’ve listed below a few keys to having a successful hike.
The slight bite of a February chill was my first welcoming as I opened the car door. Surrounding me, nearly century-old cabins stood reverently on a grassy opening. Through the trees, I could see for miles and miles across the horizon. This was my first introduction to Flagg Mountain, the southernmost 1,000-foot mountain in the Appalachian Mountain range.
What does it me to Go Explore? Last month we dug into “Be Active.” Now, let’s dive into the meaning behind “Go Explore.”