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Fall is the Perfect Time for an Outdoor Alabama Adventure
September 18, 2009
Montgomery – Fall is the perfect time of year to experience the wonder of Alabama’s natural heritage. From hiking to hunting, there is an outdoor activity in Alabama certain to put a smile on any face. This fall take advantage of the many opportunities for an Outdoor Alabama Adventure. Listed below are 10 suggestions that are sure to create lasting memories.
· Ruffle your feathers at the 6th Annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest. The BirdFest hits several birding hotspots along the coast including: Forever Wild Grand Bay Savanna, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Meaher State Park, and Dauphin Island. www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com
· Alabama Black Belt Adventures offers hunters an extensive list of private and public hunting options including Wildlife Management Areas located in Barbour County, Demopolis, Lowndes, Oakmulgee and Scotch. http://www.alabamablackbeltadventures.com/
· Join the Trailmasters at Frank Jackson State Park in Opp for “Scarecrows in the Park.” During October the park’s three miles of walking trails will be decorated with festive scarecrows created by local individuals, businesses, and school groups. http://www.oppchamber.com/scarecrows.htm
· Grab your backpack and take advantage of some of Alabama’s best kept outdoor secrets. The 2,998 acres of the Sipsey Sullivan Forever Wild land tract in Tuscaloosa County is perfect for canoeing, camping, fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking and horseback riding. http://www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/
· Treat the family to a resort-style getaway at the newly reopened lodge at Lakepoint State Park. This picturesque park is located on the banks of Lake Eufaula, otherwise known as the “Bass Capital of the World.” http://www.alapark.com
· Anglers should make plans to attend the Alabama BASS Federation’s State Championship at Wind Creek State Park on Oct. 23 – 24. For more information visit: http://www.albassfednation.com/
· Paddle the Bartram Canoe Trail, which cuts through the nation’s second largest river delta, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The trail provides paddlers a unique perspective from which to view over 50 rare and endangered plant and animal species that inhabit the delta.http://www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-adventures/bartram/index.htm
· Hit the links at Joe Wheeler State Park’s 18-hole championship golf course. The course is a both a challenge to seasoned players and an exciting experience for new players. Located inside a game sanctuary, wildlife is abundant along the course. http://www.alapark.com/JoeWheeler/Golf/
· Lace up your boots and hit the trails of the Walls of Jericho Forever Wild land tract. Considered the “Grand Canyon of the South,” the Walls of Jericho offers breathtaking views of some of Alabama’s most pristine landscape. Horse riding trails are also available. http://www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/stateLands/
· The whole family will love the hayride and fall color hike at Guntersville State Park. Enjoy a hayride, music, games, food, and much more. The nature hike takes place at 2 p.m. Hayrides begin at 6 p.m., October 31. www.guntersvillestatepark.com
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.