Aah, autumn has arrived and fall weather is all around us. If you like being outside then October is a great time to experience nature in the south. In Alabama there are many fantastic places you can spend your leisure time. A few ideas for you are as follows:
If you only have a brief respite before you have to return indoors consider a walk. In the Birmingham area there are many great places where you can walk. Railroad Park in Birmingham is a favorite of many, but Veteran’s Park in Hoover, Lakeshore Trail in Homewood and Black Creek Park in Fultondale are also good places for a quick walk outside. In Huntsville there are several trails connected to Monte Sano State Park that offer great views and easy walks. Near Montgomery, Lagoon Park offers a trail with a good mix of things to see, and of course if you are near Gulf Shores you can always take a walk on the white sandy beach.
If you have more time available consider a state, or local park for an afternoon, weekend, or even a week-long vacation camping trip. As the weather cools camping should become more enjoyable because of the ability to sleep comfortably with only a screen between you and nature. Many of the parks in Alabama have trails to hike, picnic areas and other recreational opportunities. In Alabama a few parks you should consider visting are Cheaha State Park, Oak Mountain State Park, Guntersville State Park and Gulf State Park. All of these parks are within a reasonable driving distance to restaurants and other amenities if you want the best of both nature and modern conveniences.
So whether you are meeting friends for a picnic, taking a solo hike to change your perspective, or lighting a fire at your campsite make it a point to enjoy outdoor time in October.