Alabama Offers Something for Everyone during Great Outdoors Month
June is now officially Great Outdoors Month
! A presidential proclamation issued June 1, 2012, urges all Americans to take advantage of the country’s rich natural heritage by spending time outdoors. Alabamians are fortunate to have many outdoor recreational opportunities to choose during June and year round.
The theme of Great Outdoors Month is to introduce or re-introduce people to the wonders of nature. Alabama’s 22 state parks
support that theme by showcasing a range of natural settings from the sandy beaches of Gulf State Park to the challenging hikes of several north Alabama parks. Each Alabama state park offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, boating, mountain bike trails, horseback riding, and even a BMX track at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham.
In addition to rugged outdoor activities, Alabama’s five resort state parks
offer more refined accommodations from which to enjoy the state’s natural beauty including recently renovated lodges, hotel rooms and cabins. You can also enjoy the outdoors during a round of golf on one the six Park’s Path championship golf courses. Visit the Alabama State Parks website
for a complete list of activities and accommodations.
For two decades, Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust
has worked to expand the number of natural areas available to the public so that present and future generations can enjoy quality-of-life opportunities the outdoors offers. Today Forever Wild
has more than 227,000 acres of land with hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking opportunities available to everyone. To choose your Forever Wild adventure visit the program's website
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.