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Have you ever heard the phrase “life is a movie”? It’s a classic cliché that helps us romanticize our lives and see beauty in the mundane. The phrase is a […]

3 Alabama state parks to visit for that summer movie feeling

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July 20, 2023

Singing River Trail is a 200+ mile greenway initiative that seeks to “strengthen regional bonds, and creates new health and wellness, educational, economic, tourism, and entrepreneurial opportunities for the people […]

Reconnecting and Revitalizing: Singing River Trail brings exciting new opportunities to North Alabama

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July 17, 2023

Jemison Trail is a well-loved trail found in Mountain Brook, Alabama. The city of Mountain Brook has just announced that the trail will be closing on Monday, June 26th to […]

Mountain Brook’s Jemison Trail announces upcoming renovation

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June 23, 2023

Taking place on June 24 & 25, the annual Guntersville Lake HydroFest offers two days of competitive racing as drivers compete for the Southern Cup title. But HydroFest isn’t just […]

Adventure Lovers: Experience a weekend to remember at HydroFest

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June 8, 2023

Through an enormous greenway initiative, the Singing River Trail continues to blaze a path that will eventually connect the towns in North Alabama with over 200 miles of outdoor trail […]

Planting seeds in the “good soil” of the Singing River Trail

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May 21, 2023

Skateboarding has caught the attention of downtown Birmingham and the City of Huntsville; with the public support of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk. However, there is still a need for a […]

5 reasons a skate park for Hoover just makes sense

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May 18, 2023

Lying on a luxury queen-sized bed within a tent, one thought comes to my mind: ‘Can I get those cicadas to sing a show tune?’ Such thoughts also brought interior […]

The Northern Alabama glamping experience bringing visitors from all over the state

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April 28, 2023

  Oak Mountain State Park is the largest state park in Alabama and offers over 11,000 acres. Oak Mountain is home to “more than 100 miles of trails, an 18-hole […]

Oak Mountain’s Lunker Lake Trail opens just in time for Alabama’s spring weather

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April 26, 2023

As Earth Day approaches, individuals and organizations across Alabama are gearing up to celebrate the planet and promote sustainable living practices. From electric vehicle expos to recycling events and educational […]

Don’t be a fossil fool… attend one of these Alabama Earth Day events

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April 19, 2023

A single flower can be worth a thousand words. Whether a first date rose or a Mother’s Day bouquet, flowers are a great way to show that you care. No […]

3 fresh ways to give Alabama flowers this Mother’s Day

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April 18, 2023

Corey Cooper ’05 walks to the edge of the roof of his guest house and stares down at the pool below. His wife, Magda Cooper ’05, lounges on an inflatable […]

Two people on paddle boards in water

Ambition, drive and a rock ‘n’ roll vision helped two Auburn graduates build a global outdoor lifestyle brand

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April 5, 2023

  Well-known throughout the country for its fan-favorite football program, The University of Alabama is an increasingly well-loved university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama steeped with history. The campus takes on a […]

The University of Alabama's Presidents Mansion

Springtime Beauty: Exploring the picturesque campus of The University of Alabama

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March 31, 2023

For Kloss, Circles of Colors is a lifelong passion turned accidental business turned everyday blessing. Circles of Colors, a you-pick flower farm in Notasulga, Alabama, sits on an old working farm with barns, silos, and a country store straight from the good ole days. Left behind tractor tires cover the back fields and make the perfect barrier for Kloss’s secret garden.

Circles of Colors is a you-pick flower farm for the community

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March 2, 2023

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Baldwin County, Alabama, has been chosen as the top recreational trail in the country in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. […]

Alabama’s beloved Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is chosen as the best in the nation

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March 1, 2023

If the dinosaur in the museum came to life, it would recognize at least one plant in Anniston’s Longleaf Botanical Gardens—a pre-historic relic, a cycad. These plants date back from 9 to 65 million years and in all probability endured plenty of dinosaur nibbling. With plants that complement the mission of the Anniston Natural History Museum, the Gardens are packed with both native and exotic plants that beautify and mystify those who walk its trails. 

Longleaf Botanical Gardens is an oasis of rare and interesting plants

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March 1, 2023

The commencement of this year’s turkey hunting season is on the horizon for the state of Alabama. There are many that view this as some of the best in outdoor […]

A Gentleman’s Chess Game: Turkey Hunting in the Alabama Black Belt

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February 28, 2023

Warren Buffet said someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago. The City of Decatur has been planting trees for years and […]

4 ways Decatur, Alabama became nationally recognized as a Tree City USA

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February 24, 2023

Ask any native Alabamian about their love for “the great outdoors” and you will be sure to hear about their adoration for the state’s vast landscape and variety of life. […]

The University of Alabama champions state’s biodiversity ranking on home soil at Tanglewood

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February 20, 2023

Mitch Reid is making a significant impact through his efforts to preserve Alabama’s land and water assets as the current Alabama State Director of the Nature Conservancy (TNC). With a […]

7 Questions with Mitch Reid of The Nature Conservancy

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February 18, 2023

As the sun begins to set over Lake Guntersville, a bald eagle bullet dives into the water, emerging with a wriggling fish. It heads back towards the ridge, where a nest awaits with a mate overseeing a couple of chicks. On a dock astride the lake, a group watches as the eagles fly in for dinner time. There is something exhilarating about a white head and tail feathers flying overhead. Watching it fish for its young against the orange and red sunset transforms it to mythical status. 

Attend an Eagle Awareness Weekend at Lake Guntersville State Park

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January 17, 2023

The state of Alabama offers an array of outdoor adventures and opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime. At the top of the list for most of those outdoor enthusiasts is hunting. Hunting in the state of Alabama isn’t just a hobby, but a way of life—a tradition passed down from generation to generation. On any given day, you could walk out into the Alabama wilderness and hunt a variety of species. 

Hunting in Alabama’s Black Belt Region

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December 5, 2022