The Freshwater Land Trust is excited to announce its 2017 Sunday Hike Series!
Throughout the year, we’re hosting monthly guided hikes so that you can see and learn about the places we’ve helped preserve thanks to your support.
No need to RSVP—all you’ll need is your hiking shoes! Invite your friends and family, and follow us on social media for updates and further information on where we’ll be visiting each month.
Spring Sunday Hike dates are as follows:
January 29th: High Ore Line Trail
The High Ore Line Trail, previously known as the TCI US Steel High Line Railroad, is a two mile elevated rail corridor that connects the cities of Midfield and Birmingham. Located next to the Jefferson County Department of Health Western Health Center in Midfield, the High Ore Line Trail is part of a larger effort to conserve Birmingham’s history through recreational trails, parks and green spaces as a part of the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System.
Meeting location: JCDH Western Health Center: 631 Bessemer Super Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35228. To get to the trailhead, take the sidewalk down MLK that will be on the right of the parking lot, facing the road
February 12th: Camp Coleman
Camp Gertrude Coleman in Trussville, Alabama has been an outdoor adventure for thousands of Girl Scouts since 1925. The FLT’s hike through Camp Coleman will expose participants to some of the most beautiful parts of the Cahaba River. The well-maintained trail follows the river for the first half before ascending into intact, mixed-hardwood forest that is home to many native Alabama species.
Meeting Location: 4010 Camp Coleman Road, Trussville, AL 35173
March 19th: Wildwood Wildflower Preserve
The Freshwater Land Trust and El Paso Corporation collaborated to open the Wildwood Wildflower Preserve in Homewood. This 47-acre preserve is home to some of Alabama’s most unique wildflowers and, in the future, will be a stop along the extension of the Shades Creek Greenway—part of the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System.
Meeting Location: 1 W Lakeshore Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 (we will carpool to the FLT site)
April 28th: Homewood Forest Preserve.
The Homewood Forest Preserve is owned by the City of Homewood as a public nature preserve and managed under a conservation easement by the Freshwater Land Trust. Although surrounded by suburban and commercial development, this tract of urban forest is full of wildlife, and is particularly known for the presence of Ambystomatids (salamanders).
Meeting Location: 1925 South Lakeshore Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209
Notes: Parking is available at Homewood High School, in the Samford soccer lots, and on the shoulder of South Lakeshore Drive. The terrain of the preserve is sloped, so be prepared for a little hiking.
May 21st: Turkey Creek restoration site.
The Turkey Creek restoration hike will take participants through a section of intact, diverse forest to the site of the Freshwater Land Trust’s stream restoration project near the former Shadow Lake dam. Through the cooperative efforts of the Freshwater Land Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Jennings Environmental, this site, home to the endangered Vermilion Darter, was recently transformed from highly disturbed habitat to an aesthetically pleasing and functioning stream ecosystem.
Meeting location: Along Goodwin Road at Lea Anne Circle, Pinson, AL (more details to come)