Uncharted: Cahaba River


To call the Cahaba River one of the most unique bodies of water in Alabama would be an understatement. The state’s longest “free-flowing” river is recognized worldwide for its biodiversity, harboring over 150 types of fish and dozens of mussel and snail species.



Stretching almost 200 miles, the river flows from the foothills of the Appalachians, through the heart of Birmingham, to just south of Selma, AL, where the Cahaba collides with the Alabama River. Now is the perfect time of year to plan a trip to the Cahaba River. As Spring continues to roll in, the river is up, flowers are ready to bloom and the wildlife is in full swing.

The Cahaba River Society provides canoe rentals and equipment, as well as guided group trips. There is a trip on average, once per week. Check out the schedule and find a good day for you and your friends to get on the water. Also check out, Five Ways to Float the Cahaba for a more casual trip.

More: The 2013 Party on the Porch, benefiting The Cahaba River Society


If dry land is preferred, the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place for a day hike, bird watching and snapping a few photos of nature with family and friends. Along with the CRNWR, there are many great parks and access points along the Cahaba.

A few of our favorites include:

Moon River Canoe Launch (coming Spring 2014) – The newest canoe launch/recreational site on the Cahaba. This is the first site developed as a part of the Cahaba Blueway Project. The project seeks to promote river access and continue improvement of the river.


Oak Mountain State Park – The park boasts a large variety of trails including: Mountain Bike Trails, Hiking Trails and a Treetop Nature Trail. Camping, Fishing and a Petting Zoo are just a few of the other activities that Oak Mountain offers.

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park – Touted as Alabama’s first state capital, this park is a great look into Alabama’s past. Situated in the last bend of the Cahaba, just before it meets the Alabama River, Cahawba Park is becoming a must see in Alabama. Along with the old buildings and archaeological sites, the park also has a great bike trail and a “Haunted History Tour”. Afterwards, swing by Mark’s Mart in Selma, for a delicious chicken sandwich and grab a bacon-wrapped filet to cook when you get home.

More: CRS Earth Month Event Guide


If you have any questions about your Cahaba excursion, swing by any Alabama Outdoors location and we’ll be happy to help, or give us a call anytime.

Black Friday 2013

Alabama Outdoors Black Friday 2013

Start your Black Friday 2013 shopping early and avoid the crowds by visiting our web store. Sale prices will be available online starting Thanksgiving Day morning! Also, shipping is free on all orders over $49.99.

Follow this link to shop for all of our Black Friday 2013 deals online!


Salomon XR Shift Only $54.99

The Shift is part of Salomon’s XR platform designed for performance training. Lace up this shoe when you need a versatile trail shoe that can provide stability, cushioning, and be lightweight. Join the trail running revolution with XR Shift’s fit and support for every trail surface.

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The North Face Chimborazo and Morningside Only $69.99

The North Face Men’s Chimborazo Full Zip

Trek higher and farther through the mountains with the thermal protection of this heavyweight fleece jacket. The soft, brushed exterior is backed with a Sherpa fleece lining that feels soft against the skin or baselayers. The quick-drying TNF™ Apex Napoleon pocket is constructed with bonded edges for maximum security.

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The North Face Women’s Morningside Full Zip

Ideal for cold-weather performance, this backcountry-ready insulating fleece full-zip is made from luxuriously smooth and heavyweight fleece to keep you warm and comfortable while you’re out exploring this winter. Super silky silken fleece lining.

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Level Wear Nexus Lightweight Training 1/4 Zip Sale Price $19.99

The Level Wear Nexus Pullover is perfect for those chilly morning runs. Moisture wicking CoolQuik yarn, won’t wash out. This highly breathable piece features performance seams for maximum mobility and a durable knit, anti-pill and anti-wrinkle fabric. Woven in a special pattern to reduce clinging.

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Free AO/Chaco Comfort Color Tee with Purchase of Chaco ZX/2 Sandals

Buy a pair of Chaco ZX/2 Sandals and receive an AO/Chaco Comfort Color Tee for FREE. These limited edition shirts are a $25 value, and supplies are limited!

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(If purchasing online, please include the desire Tee size in the comments on your order. Offer available while supplies last)


40% Off an ENO Accessory with Purchase of an ENO Hammock

Buy any ENO DoubleNest or SingleNest Hammock and receive 40% off any ENO Accessory! Create a perfect gift combo with a set of Slap Strap Pro’s or a Guardian Bug Net!

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*Only one discounted accessory per hammock purchased. Use promo code ENOACCESS$40 for checkout online – online purchases limited to one hammock/accessory per transaction.


Free YETI T-Shirt or Hat with Purchase of a YETI Cooler

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Cashmere Scarves Only $24.99

These cashmere scarves are the perfect accessory to any women’s outfit. An awesome touch of flare and class, that can be worn in multitudes of ways and styles! A beautiful cashmere pattern with amazing colors and an unmatched soft feel.

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Alabama Outdoors Comfort Color T-Shirts Only $19.99-$24.99

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20% Off Great Gifts for the Outdoor Adventurer

These gift ideas are great for the outdoor adventurer in your life. Blaze a path on a dark trail or rock out to your favorite tunes. You can even recharge your gear while off the grid. And save 20% during our three-day Black Friday Sale!


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Alabama Outdoors Closing Tuscaloosa Store, Looking for New Location

 Alabama Outdoors Announces Store Closing Sale

Specialty Outdoor Retailer closing Tuscaloosa, AL. location; seven other locations will remain in operation

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TUSCALOOSA, AL. – Alabama Outdoors, a specialty outdoor retailer that has been outfitting Alabamians for outdoor adventure since 1975, is closing it’s 5,000-square-foot store in Tuscaloosa while seeking a site for a new location in the area. Alabama Outdoors’ Tuscaloosa store is located at 700 Towncenter Boulevard. A store closing sale in this location will begin June 19th.

“Alabama Outdoors has been serving customers in Tuscaloosa at our current location for almost 15 years,” said company president Scott McCrory. “We are taking advantage of the expiration of our lease and closing the Towncenter Boulevard store. We continue to explore other areas of Tuscaloosa for a future location.”

Inventory at the current location will be liquidated. The current lease in Tuscaloosa will expire on July 31st.

“We greatly appreciate the local customers who have supported Alabama Outdoors in Tuscaloosa,” McCrory said. “By closing our existing store, we will be better positioned to select a location that will support an enhanced shopping experience and increased service to our customers.”

Alabama Outdoors is a leading provider of apparel, footwear and equipment that enhances the outdoor life. Specializing in product from Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco, Merrell, TOMS, Mountain Khaki’s, Salomon, Yeti, ENO and more, Alabama Outdoors has established itself through excellent service to customers, quality products and expertise in the outdoors.

Alabama Outdoors also operates locations in Homewood, Trussville, Inverness, Montgomery, Huntsville, Florence and Mobile. For more information, see http://www.alabamaoutdoors.com.

Media Contact:
Tyler Smelley – Marketing Director
tyler.smelley@aloutdoors.com (205) 239-9071

New Running Gear HQ!

running gearAlabama Outdoors Sets Sights on Becoming Your New Running Gear HQ!

Alabama Outdoors has opened a full technical Running Gear section in our Homewood location.

We have everything you need to optimize your running experience – whether it’s on the trails (our favorite!) or on the roads. Check out our running gear section online, or come in and see what we have that can help make your run easier and more enjoyable.

Feet are Kings (or Queens)!

OK, so we don’t sell feet, but we do have everything that will make them feel royally wonderful. Starting from the skin out, AO has a variety of great technical socks including FITS merino wool-based and Swiftwick technical socks. We also carry a full line of Superfeet trim-to-fit inserts.

Shoes are the Crown

Trail shoes make your runs far more efficient and pleasant. They provide better traction, protection against roots and rocks, and better drainage for people running through creeks and streams than road shoes.

Whether it’s Salomon, Pearl Izumi, Saucony, La Sportiva, Inov-8, New Balance or another great brand, AO carries a wide range of shoes to meet the specific needs of trail runners, as well as those needing door-to-trail shoes.

Since the best shoe is the one that fits, we will take everyone through our fit process to make sure that shoe you run out with is the best one for your foot.

Apparel Fit for Royalty

What you wear on your body can be almost as important as what’s on your feet. Try some of the amazing technical apparel from The North Face or Patagonia. They may not seem like your “traditional” running gear brands, but they have been making technical apparel for far longer than most “traditional” brands.

The key to their products is that they have taken everything they have learned from making technical apparel to keep people warm while climbing mountains and keep them cool in jungles and deserts, and applied it to running.

Accessories – Royals have to have stuff, right?

Garmin GPS watches, Triggerpoint rollers, The Stick, GU nutrition, Buffs, Nathan hydration belts and hand helds, and Body Glide are all available here at our Homewood store in the Running Gear section and in our online store.

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, May 23: Big Benefit Run at Good People Brewing Co. benefiting Friends of Red Mountain. A $10 donation (100% goes to the charity) gets you a 5K fun run, your first Good People beer free, live music, lots of great giveaways including two Zip Line tours for 2 and two Beanstalk Forest tours for 2
  • Saturday, June 1: Choccolocco 50K/21K
  • Friday, June 14th: Party on the Porch at Alabama Outdoors Homewood, 5:30 to 7:30 pm with live music, food truck, trail running specials, a 5K fun run, and a benefit for Ruffner Mountain
  • Saturday, June 15: Sizzlin’ Summer Trail Series Inaugural Run 5K/21K at Oak Mountain State Park.presented by Alabama Outdoors and sponsored by Resolute Running and Birmingham Track Club

We look forward to seeing you soon here at AO!



Is Birmingham The Next Moab?

is birmingham the next moab

The region has 50 miles of singletrack, and loads more are on the way.


By Leslie Kehmeier

Three times in the last four years, I’ve traveled to Alabama in the spring. Over the course of those trips, I’ve been surprised by the quality of trails here, and how fast the singletrack continues to expand. It’s a riding destination that has few rivals—I’m sure that someday soon it will be as well known among mountain bikers as Whistler or Moab.

One of the best places to ride is just outside Birmingham—Oak Mountain State Park. It is in the Appalachian foothills, and the trails there weave through the ridges and valleys. The park’s quantity and quality of trails is surprising. More than 30 miles of trails offer something for everyone, from flowy singletrack to technical challenges.

Just down the road, the nearby city of Anniston is also developing close to 50 miles of singletrack. It’s a wonderful place to ride. Coldwater Mountain currently has 14 miles of trails, all of which were built using IMBA’s latest trail-construction techniques. That’s a lot of reasons to keep returning to Alabama each year.

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Earthbound’s Earthfest with Black Warrior Riverkeeper


Birmingham – On Sunday, April 21, 2pm-Until, Alabama rock favorites Earthbound will play their highly-anticipated annual outdoor concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South).

This family-friendly event’s purpose is to raise awareness for Earth Day and raise funds for Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a citizen-based nonprofit clean water advocacy organization.  Black Warrior Riverkeeper is dedicated to improving public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat throughout Alabama’s 17-county Black Warrior River watershed, which provides approximately half of Birmingham’s drinking water.

Earthbound’s Earthfest is open to all ages, but those under age 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Throughout the event, Earthbound – and a special mystery guest – will play several sets.  Avondale Brewery’s large outdoor area will also feature displays and merchandise from Black Warrior Riverkeeper and local artists.

There will be no mandatory entrance fee.  Suggested donations from the audience, plus proceeds from merchandise, beer, and raffle ticket sales, will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect local waterways and Birmingham’s drinking water supply.  Corporate sponsors continue to roll in, with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. and their award winning water treatment partner, MacLellan, Inc. in the lead.

The Pearl Izumi N1 Trail Shoes have landed!

The best trail shoes I’ve ever run in? Hands Down.

Introducing the Pearl iZumi EMotion N1 Trail Runners. It’s all about the transition.

The Pearl iZumi N1s dynamic offset is unlike any shoes on the market and is a whole new way of looking at running technology. Smooth from touch down (whether your a heel or fore front striker) to toe off. So Simple, Light (the entire EMotion line is under 10oz), High Responsive, Cushioned, Protective, and Easy on the body. Perfect for any distance from 5ks to Ultras.

Trail Tested? Timothy Olson set the Western States 100mile Course Record in a pair this past summer (Photo courtesy of I Run Far). Highly recommended. Timothy-Olson-Pearl-Izumi-Trail-N1-2012-Western-States-100

Stop by any one of our 8 Alabama Outdoors locations for an expert fit today in a pair of new Men’s and Woman’s N1s today or online 24hrs a day. Run Far, Buy Local.

They’re Here! …….

The new Pearl Izumi N1 Trail Shoes for Men and Women are finally available! Stop by any one of our 8 Alabama Outdoors locations for an expert fit today in a pair of new Men’s & Woman’s Trail N1s today or online 24hrs a day. Run Far, Buy Local.

Come and see for yourself why this shoe is winning every award out there and don’t be alarmed when these shoes make you a faster.

Run Like An Animal indeed…


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Tomorrow They Arrive!

The New Pearl Izumi N1 Trail Shoes for woman and men will be hitting all 8 Alabama Outdoors locations later on tomorrow (Monday 1/21). Stop by for a shoe meal. Come Hungry. Watch Me → http://vimeopro.com/pearlizumi/emotion/video/43680464

Stop by Alabama Outdoors for an expert shoe fit today. Run Far. Buy Local.



Dirty Spokes Xterra Huntsville Recap

Xterra Huntsville is in the bag which means the 2012/2013 Dirty Spokes Xterra Alabama Trail Season comes to a close! Thanks to the nearly 2500 runners who ran with us over the last few months and a HUGE shout out to Dirty Spokes Race Director Tim Schroer for putting on such stellar events. We’re thrilled to be presenting the 2013/2014 Alabama Series so get signed up asap as each race will sell out fast!

Bravo to all the runners who came out and braved the rainy and foggy conditions in Huntsville this weekend for what turned out to be a beautiful day on some fun muddy trails at Monte Sano State Park ! It was awesome to see the Huntsville race reach sell out capacity so fast! Our Alabama Outdoors Trail Team racked it up with several age group awards! Thanks to The North Face and Merrell for showing the love on race day once again. Congratulations to our Race Day Entry and Patagonia Gore Jacket give away winners as well! Thanks to Team Member Brett Norager for the great Huntsville race day photo below. Sums the morning up very well I think.

Show us your Xterra Alabama photos!


We’d love to hear your race day stories so post them here on our blog or on our Face Book page. We love the feed back!

What was your favorite of the 5 Xterra Races?

What worked out on the trails and what didn’t and how will you make the change?

Prefer the longer or shorter of the distances? Blisters? Cuts? Bruises? Blood?

What new gear worked best for you out on the trails?


Stop by any 8 of our Alabama Outdoors locations for all your outdoor and trail running gear, styles, and expert advice. Experience Matters. We are Alabama Outdoors.