The holiday season often comes with hustle and bustle that can take away much needed relaxation with family and friends. This article from Children and Nature Network recommends a great antidote to a hectic schedule -- spending time in nature! A short walk in the woods has been shown to have stress-relieving impact along with a host of other benefits. 

Can you remember the last time you heard leaves crunching under your feet as you hiked to a beautiful overlook? What about the last time you watched the sun go down and give way to a clear night sky full of stars? Have you ever heard a great horned owl in the distance as you sat around a campfire? Whether hiking to the highest point in Alabama or sitting on the sugar sand beaches on the coast, an Alabama State Park has the perfect solution for unplugging and escaping to nature this December. Take a moment to explore the many parks you can explore, and here are a view suggestions to help you plan:

Cathedral Caverns is the perfect winter destination! Did you know the cave stays a comfortable temperature (around 60°) year-round? Take a cave tour to hear tales of Mystery River slowly carving at the heart of Gunter Mountain and creating formation rooms like no where else in the Earth.  Smooth pathways and amazing geology make Cathedral Caverns the perfect getaway for all ages!  

Take a day trip to Oak Mountain State Park where you could visit the Alabama Wildlife Center and enjoy a short nature walk along the Treetop Nature Trail. You could also stop by the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center to see what new exhibits have been added since your last visit. If you are looking for a more rigorous hike, be sure to check out the trail maps and trail suggestions.

Have you ever visited the highest point in Alabama? Thanks to the new Bigfoot trail addition at Cheaha State Park, you can now take a short, half-mile, hike to it.

Meaher State Park also provides a great nature getaway. The boardwalk at the park is the perfect place to go birding with amazing views of the Mobile Delta, an amazing estuary that is rich with all kinds of animal life. 


Go Explore!



Tuesday, December 8, 2015