Synopsis: Including hikes near Anniston, Gadsden, Cullman, and Tuscaloosa, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Birmingham reaches out to provide the best day hikes within an hour's drive of the Magic City. From mine-riddled Ruffner Mountain in the Eastwood/Irondale area to the blast furnaces of Tannehill State Park, area hiking paths cross hidden ore shafts, pass over vast deposits of coal, and circle immense limestone quarries. In fact, hiking in Birmingham almost always leads back to three things: iron, coal, and limestone-the history of the Birmingham area and all facets of its growth are welded to its vast mineral wealth. Those hikes, though, that have a minimal connection to iron and steel, such as the wild trails of Talladega National Forest, stake their reputation on a fourth natural resource: rugged physical beauty.
From the Back Cover:
No more excuses like "there's nowhere to go around here," "the woods are too far from the city," or "I don't have time to wander the trails." With 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Birmingham as your guide, you have dozens of places to hike to your heart's content, and most within an hour's drive or less.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Birmingham blows the lid off the myth that you can't have a great hike close to home. The Birmingham area may be ever-expanding, but there are still plenty of super hiking options: short hikes, long hikes, hikes for kids, urban hikes, rural hikes, wildlife hikes, historic hikes, and many others.
Inside you will find: trail descriptions that allow you to assess each trail before you hike it; GPS-based trail maps that provide you with accurate trail information; trail profiles that help you visualize altitude gain and loss; directions that lead you to the trailheads.
Whether you live in Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, or Tuscaloosa, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Birmingham provides the information necessary for you to choose the perfect day hike, as well as maps, directions, trail lengths, hiking times, highlights, and a wealth of detail about the trail itself. So lace up those boots, sling that daypack, and hit the trail!
Title: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Birmingham: ...
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication Date: 2003
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