17 Ways to Get Outside More

Our fast-paced American culture allows us to tackle several things in very little time. Although we get a lot accomplished during a day, week, month and a year, why do we still feel like we missed out on things we wanted to get done? Maybe it was a trip to the Grand Canyon you were planning, checking off that goal on your bucket list, or spending more time with those around you.

It’s time to get back outside! Really understand what it feels like to “unplug” and giving yourself that chance to reconnect with yourself and with nature. Whether you start out small or go big, keep reading for 17 Ways to Get Outside More.

1. Go Hiking

Image by Elizabeth Gelineau
  Image by Elizabeth Gelineau

Alabama has so many beautiful places for you to see. Here are just a few locations you can try.

Bankhead National Forest – Double Springs, AL

Cheaha State Park – Delta, AL

Conecuh National Forest – Escambia County, AL

Desoto State Park – Fort Payne, AL

Gulf State Park – Gulf Shores, AL

Little River Canyon – Fort Payne, AL

Meaher State Park – Spanish Fort, AL

Oak Mountain State Park – Pelham, AL

Walls of Jericho – Estillfork, AL

Sipsey Wilderness Area – Lawrence County, AL

2. Go Camping

Campsite - Zachary Lott
Zachary Lott

Why stay in a mediocre hotel with no view when you can literally sleep under the stars without having to spend much at all?

Bankhead National Forest – Double Springs, AL

Bartram Canoe Trail – Stockton, AL

Cheaha State Park – Delta, AL

Conecuh National Forest – Escambia County, AL

Desoto State Park – Fort Payne, AL

Dismals Canyon – Campbell, AL

Gulf State Park – Gulf Shores, AL

Oak Mountain State Park – Pelham, AL

Talladega National Forest – Brent, AL

Sipsey Wilderness Area – Lawrence County, AL

3. Have a Picnic

Picnic - Garrett Smith
Garrett Smith

Go to your local park, beach, or lake for a picnic. Food always tastes a little better when you get to eat it surrounded by nature.

Medal of Honor Park – Mobile, AL

Municipal (Langan) Park – Mobile, AL

Mobile Botanical Gardens – Mobile, AL

Gulf State Park – Mobile, AL

4. Biking

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Ditch your car for a day and pedal around town. Or down a trail. Or in your neighborhood. Just make sure to wear a helmet!

Longleaf Trace Trail – Hattiesburg, MS

Dauphin Island Bike Trails – Dauphin Island, AL

Blakeley State Park – Spanish Fort, AL

Graham Creek Preserve – Foley, AL

Robertsdale Biking Trail – Robertsdale, AL

Yoholo Micco, The Creek Indian Trail – Eufaula, AL

Chief Ladiga Trail – Calhoun County, AL

Decatur Trail – Decatur, AL

Richard Martin Trail – Limestone County, AL

5. Take a Walk Outside

RBO Run Club - Lincoln McGehee
      Lincoln McGehee

Grab your tennis shoes, Garmin Forerunner 245, some friends, your dog and take a walk around your neighborhood. Or join us every Thursday at our RBO Run Club! It’s amazing what some fresh air can do to help you unwind. Plus, you get a nice workout in too!

6. Throw a Frisbee

Image by Elizabeth Gelineau
       Image from Elizabeth Gelineau

Head to the park and show off your frisbee skills!

Medal of Honor Park – Mobile, AL

Municipal (Langan) Park – Mobile, AL

7. Practice Your Outdoor Photography Skills

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  Ashleigh Kerr 

If you have a camera, find a good nature spot and work on getting that perfect shot.

8. Take Your Dog on a Trail

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Ashleigh Kerr

Taking your dog on a trail will make them love you even more…if that’s even possible! You can find trails to hike with your dog here.

9. Go to the Beach

Beach - Prescott Balch
      Instagram: Prescott Balch

In the summer, head over to the beach to soak in some rays. If it’s winter, bundle up and take a nice walk on the beach. There’s something so relaxing about listening to the waves and feeling the sand under your feet.

Dauphin Island

Gulf Shores

Orange Beach

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

10. Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing - Bailey Griffin
     Bailey Griffin

Learn something new and adventurous like rock climbing!

Cherokee Rock Village – Leesburg, AL

Moss Rock Preserve – Jefferson County, AL

11. Go See a Sunset

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        Natalie Smith

Go down to Dauphin Island or the Gulf Islands National Seashore and watch the sunset to end the day. 

12. Go See a Sunrise

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Ashleigh Kerr

A sunrise is something not everyone gets to see all the time. Try getting up a few hours early and catch those first few moments of the day!

13. Try Outdoor Yoga

Yoga by Bailey Griffin
Bailey Griffin

Try yoga out in nature. You can even come try outdoor yoga with us! Visit our Facebook page.

14. Go Kayaking or Canoeing

Kayak by Todd McGehee
Todd McGehee

Grab a kayak or a canoe and head out on some of our local rivers for a day!

Bartram Canoe Trails – Stockton, AL

Perdido River Canoe Trail – Robertsdale, AL

Styx River – Robertsdale, AL

Blackwater River Trail – Milton, FL

Okatoma River – Seminary, MS

15. Stargaze

sky by Jacob and Aubs
   Instagram: Jacob and Aubs

On a clear night, get away from the lights and sit outside to enjoy the night sky.

16. Enjoy a Campfire

Fire by Lance Nicolson
       Instagram: Lance Nicholson

Sitting around a campfire brings people together. You can easily relax while listening to the crackling fire and watching the flickering flames.

17. Visit a National Park

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Ashleigh Kerr

If you’re wanting to go big or go home, plan a trip to visit a national park! You won’t regret it. Head here to plan your next adventure!

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy every second. Use these 17 Ways to Get Outside More to plan your next adventure! We cannot wait to hear what it will be!

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