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  1. 20 Free Outdoor Things to Do in Alabama

    Broke from the holidays, but itching to get active in the new year? Check out these 20 free outdoor things to do in Alabama.

  2. What It's Really Like to Complete the World's Toughest Endurance Race

    The story of how one Alabama woman went from "never being able to run again", to completing the 157-mile Jungle Marathon—the toughest ultra-endurance race in the world.

  3. Why You Should Visit Tuskegee National Forest, the Country's Smallest

    From prime hiking trails to fascinating history, the 11,000-acre Tuskegee National Forest is small in size but big on outdoor activity.

  4. Birmingham Boulders: The Largest Bouldering Gym East of the Mississippi

    With 12,000 square feet of space in its main room, Birmingham Boulders is the largest bouldering gym east of the Mississippi River. Attached to the main gym is The Forge, a 4,000-square foot training facility.

  5. 7 Tips for Camping with Kids

    Here are seven tips to ensure that your family camping trip runs smoothly, leaving everyone in with a big smile and hatching plans for your next adventure.

  6. Where to Find the Best Fall Colors in Alabama: The Ultimate Foliage Road Tour

    We put together this road trip itinerary for you to enjoy some of best color Alabama has to offer come fall.

  7. 10 Best Campsites in Alabama

    When it comes to quality outdoor experiences, these ten unique sites scattered throughout the state aim to please.

  8. Day Hiking: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

    If you’re looking for a new way to get fit, reduce stress, find inspiration or share quality time with your family, a walk in the woods could be the perfect solution.

  9. Trail Gourmet: Southern Recipes Perfect for Camping

    Forget the freeze-dried pasta or boring old hot dogs. These Southern-leaning dishes are not only delicious, they're a cinch to make outdoors.

  10. An Introduction to Hammock Camping

    In Alabama and throughout the South, people have swapped their tents for hammocks to rest more comfortably while camping and to feel closer to nature.

  11. 10 Historic Hikes in Alabama

    From the mountains of northern Alabama to Mobile Bay, you can find fascinating treks that allow you to explore nature while getting a glimpse of the past -- through battlefields, Native American ruins, and other historic sites.

  12. A Beginner's Guide to Camping Gear

    Nine essential pieces of camping equipment that you shouldn’t leave home without.

  13. 5 of the Spookiest Outdoor Destinations in Alabama

    These locations have everything from ghost stories and sordid tales of mysterious deaths to natural wonders that are more awe-inspiring than scary.

  14. Beginner's Guide to Car Camping

    Expert tips for your first car camping adventure

  15. An Intro to Camping in Alabama: What To Know and Where To Go

    During the fall, camping in Alabama is simply sublime. Here, all the intel you need for a weekend in the woods.

  16. How to Choose the Right Backpack: Insider Tips

    Ready to do some deeper exploration of the Alabama outdoors? Here, tips on how to choose a backpack.

  17. Talladega National Forest: Exploring the Hidden Wonders of This Alabama Gem

    Spanning some of Alabama's most pristine wilderness, the Talladega National Forest is full of options for adventure.

  18. 7 Movies Filmed in Alabama (and the Outdoor Adventures that Go With Them)

    There have been many movies filmed in Alabama, but these are close to some great outdoor adventure options.

  19. 8 Great Dog-Friendly Trails in Alabama

    A hike is way more fun with a four-legged friend. Here, 8 great dog-friendly trails in Alabama.

  20. The Ultimate Alabama Bucket List for Fall: 15 Must-Do Autumn Adventures

    Hikes through spectacular foliage, cave tours, and fantastic festivals should all be on any Alabama bucket list in fall.

  21. The Best Birmingham Restaurants for the Adventure-Minded Set

    The burgeoning food scene includes a bounty of spots perfect for a pre- or post-adventure bite. Here, the best Birmingham restaurants for outdoor lovers.

  22. Kayaking Cypress Creek: A Perfect Alabama Adventure for Summer

    Kayaking Cypress Creek, which is suitable for paddlers of all levels, is a perfect way to while away a hot summer day. Here's what to know.

  23. Cane Creek Nature Preserve Loop: A History-Rich Hike

    Caves, waterfalls, and an intriguing history of bootlegging: Cane Creek Nature Preserve is a must-do Alabama adventure.

  24. Coldwater Mountain: The Southeast's Mountain Biking Mecca

    Coldwater Mountain in Anniston is quickly becoming a mountain bike mecca in the Southeast. Here, a few highlights of the destination.

  25. 11 Places To See Between Chattanooga and Birmingham

    With the famous ridgeline of Lookout Mountain acting as a guiding compass along the way, here's how to make the most of your next mini-road trip from The Scenic City to The Magic City.