Alabama Hiking Trail Society's Annual AlaRuck will be November 5-6, 2016, Flagg Mountain, Weogufka, Alabama.

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Big thanks to John Calhoun for completing some much needed maintenance on the Pinhoti Trail.

Pinhoti Trail Mtce., Cheaha St Pk/USFS from AL 281 Scenic drive crossing north July 18,19,21,23,27 & 29, 2016

All of these were morning solo work trips except July 27 when Marion & Emily Campbell worked too. We cleared 1.9 miles of trail to the Bald Rock Jct. I also replaced the Blue Mt. Shelter log book and broom

Total Time 39.7 hrs., drive time 15.4 hrs., 796 miles. 1.9 mile of trail cleared, 6 trips.


Dear Friends,
My name is Maddie Hoaglund and I am a senior at Westminster School at Oak Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama.
I am working toward my Girl Scout Gold Award with a project entitled, Love Your State Parks Day!  The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our state parks through community support. In addition, I hope to strategically increase attendance to Alabama's State Parks through social media, word of mouth and getting individual park directors on board through this initiative. This day will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Oak Mountain State Park at the Dogwood Pavilion and the Demonstration Farm. The opportunity for media coverage and special programs will increase attendance to the state parks and will allow supporters of the parks to further their message, especially for the vote of Amendment Two in November. It is my aim that this day will become an annual state-wide event.
As a state parks partner, I need your help! Please consider the following options to support Love Your State Parks Day, 2016!
  • Visiting and encouraging others to visit  Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, September 24, 2016 for Love Your State Parks Day, 2016!
  • Setting up a booth/tent at Oak Mountain to advertise your organization on  September 24, 2016 for Love Your State Parks Day, 2016!
  • Organizing programming such as a day hike, environmental talk, educational program, etc. to be added to the list of events at Oak Mountain on September 24, 2016.
  • Advertising the date on your social media outlets or website
  • Organizing a group of volunteers to make improvements to the Demonstration Farm at Oak Mountain on September 24, 2016(These improvements include: repairing the fencing, animal enclosures, and painting, etc.)
  • Creating a PSA or other promotional materials about the event
  • Sponsoring promotional materials such as t-shirts, signs, etc.
  • Distributing literature to visitors at the park regarding the upcoming vote on Amendment 2 in the fall
  • Donating food, water or other materials to be distributed to volunteers and visitors
If you are willing to help in any way, please email me and let me know. I am also open to suggestions for how I can make this a great event for the community and increase awareness about the state parks system. As I am sure you are aware, due to deep budget cuts in the Alabama State Parks system, many of Alabama's State parks have closed or are limiting days/ hours of operations. It is my hope that I can use my Gold Award project to increase awareness of this issue. This November there is a vote on Amendment Two to protect the funds for the state parks. I wish to increase the awareness for this proposition in the community. Alabama has some of the most beautiful land that America has to offer and it would be detrimental to wildlife as well as communities if those natural areas were not protected. It will take citizens advocating for our State Parks to ensure that they will be preserved for generations to come.
Many thanks for your time,
Maddie Hoaglund
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Good Morning Fellow Hikers and Trail Stewards:

I have been out of touch for awhile but wanted to send a shout out to all the subscribers and members out there in the hiking community. I woke up this morning and my wheels were turning and I wanted to reach out to everyone about items pressing on my mind.