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Thomas M. Spencer

Thomas M. Spencer
Birmingham, AL

Born in Birmingham, Thomas M. Spencer grew up hiking and camping in his native state, and for the past 20 years he has crisscrossed Alabama as a reporter for the Anniston Star and The Birmingham News, specializing in coverage of the outdoors and the environment. Spencer is now the senior research associate at the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama based at Samford University. An Eagle Scout, Spencer was a founder of the Friends of Red Mountain Park and serves on the board of the Cahaba River Society. He lives in Birmingham, AL.

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Five-Star Trails: Birmingham, 2nd edition
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Five-Star Trails: Birmingham, 2nd edition
Thomas M. Spencer

Discover the Best Hikes in Birmingham, Alabama

Where railroads ran and mines once burrowed into mountains, the healed landscape is repurposed for beautiful hiking and biking opportunities. New and expanding venues around the city provide more chances to get outside and to appreciate the labor and industry that built the city. Explore 35 of Birmingham’s best, five-star trails, divided into six distinct areas in and around the city.

With the expert guidance of local author Thomas M. Spencer, you’ll find yourself on an Appalachian mountain peak or on the banks of the Cahaba River, as it broadens to snake through the Coastal Plain. Visit old-growth forest in the Sipsey Wilderness, or hike down into the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Little River Canyon. Across this landscape, you’ll find a diversity of plant and animal species—some rare and endangered—rivaling those found anywhere else in North America.

Book Features:

  • Descriptions of 35 five-star hiking trails for all levels and interests
  • GPS-based trail maps, elevation profiles, and detailed directions to trailheads
  • Insight into the history, flora, and fauna of the routes
  • Ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children

Lace up, grab your pack, and hit the trail!

Market price: $18.95
Our price: $14.21 save 25%
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