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  1. The Great Eastern Trail: An Appalachian Trail Alternative

    Looking for an alternative to hiking the AT? Consider the Great Eastern Trail, a work in progress that runs from New York State to Alabama.

  2. Hamming It Up on the Trail: The Story of Alabama's Ham Radio Hikers

    A look at the unique individuals who hike the state’s magnificent trails and, while doing so, communicate with the world via amateur or “ham” radio.

  3. Bigfoot in Alabama? Some Outdoor Enthusiasts Say So

    According to some outdoor enthusiasts, the legend of Bigfoot in Alabama could be more than just talk. Here, what investigators say about the mysterious sightings.

  4. 6 Extraordinarily Inspiring Runners From Alabama

    Need some motivation to lace up your sneakers? You'll love the stories of Alabama's most inspiring runners.

  5. 5 Historic Hidden Treasures on Alabama Trails

    Hidden within Alabama’s forests, black water rivers, and delta, historic treasures are waiting to be explored. Here, 5 not to miss.

  6. The Boom of Birmingham Trail Running

    In recent years, Birmingham has become a hub for trail running in the South. We take a closer look at this exciting trend.

  7. Outlaw Hideouts, Hidden Passageways, and Primeval Landscapes: Discovering the Secrets of Dismals Canyon

    This natural playground is full of Native American history and once served as an outlaws' hideout. It's now a must-do hike in Alabama.

  8. Alabama's Forever Wild Trails: 10 Must-Hike Trails

    Forever Wild is one of the most successful outdoor initiatives in Alabama. Here, 10 of the best Forever Wild trails to explore.

  9. 5 Alabama Mountain Bike Trails Great for Beginners

    Alabama has several mountain bikes trails designed to help beginners ease into the sport and build their skills and confidence. Here, 5 recommended picks.

  10. M.J. “Nimblewill Nomad” Eberhart: A Q&A with the Triple Crown Hiker, Alabama Cabin Caretaker, and Outdoors Veteran

    M.J. Eberhart, e.g. "Nimblewill Nomad", is caretaker of historic Flagg Mountain in Alabama. Here, we speak to the veteran Triple Crown hiker about his inspiring adventures.

  11. Travel Back in Time on Alabama’s 5 Best Native American Hikes

    Alabama is rich in Native American history—as well as hikes that let you dig deeper into it. Here, five fascinating hikes to explore.

  12. The Appalachian Trail From Maine to ... Alabama?

    Several groups and individuals are making an all-out effort to bring the southern terminus of the AT to Alabama. Here, a look into the process.

  13. An Adventure-Filled Weekend in Southeast Alabama's Coosa County

    Despite its low profile, Coosa County offers excellent trails for hiking and superb creeks for kayaking and canoeing.

  14. 5 Best State Parks to Hike in Alabama

    Alabama may not have a national park in its borders, but its state parks are full of opportunities to explore. Here, 5 Alabama state parks great for hiking.

  15. The Ten Essentials: What They Are and Why You Need Them for Every Hike

    What exactly are the Ten Essentials, and why are they so, well, essential? Here, a primer, and why you need them on every hike.

  16. How to Hike Historic Flagg Mountain

    One of the tallest mountains in the Southeastern U.S., Flagg Mountain is also one of the most historic. Here's how to discover it.

  17. 5 Stunning Sunset Hikes in Alabama

    There's something extra special about an Alabama sunset. Here, the best sunset hikes in the state.

  18. 10 Great Outdoor Date Ideas in Alabama

    Forget dinner and a movie—Alabama's great outdoors provides some great date ideas. Here, 10 to try.

  19. Insider Tips for Your First Backpacking Trip

    Has a backpacking trip long been on your bucket list? Here, insider tips to make this overnight adventure a reality.

  20. 10 Awesome Alabama Festivals and Events Not To Miss This Year

    From fun 5Ks to festivals full of peanuts, here are 10 of the best Alabama festivals and events you'll want to mark your calendars for.

  21. So, You Want To Run Your First 5K? Insider Tips for a Great Race

    Always had a 5K on your to-do list, but never quite gotten around to it? Here, insider tips on running your first 5K.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.