Anniston Outdoor Association

Anniston Outdoor Association


N AL Area Outdoor groups offering pre-planned & Guided events
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great ride today thank Mike for putting it together
Can you make it on Oct 3rd? THE HIT MEN are in concert at The Oxford Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. Classic rock by the real guys who toured and performed with legends!!
Mark and I had so much fun on our first hike with AOA
Today's hike from USFS 600 to Porters Gap. We had ten people
enjoy this six mile hike. This is a easy very scenic hike for anyone interested in hiking but not wanting to work to hard to enjoy the outdoors.
Please feel free to tag yourself in any of the photos.
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ACA Water Saftey Canoe Level II - Annual Class * June 29 *

Class location will be on the Cartecay River from Holt Bridge down to Lower Cartecay Bridge. This section of the Cartecay River is Class I - moving water.

Limited number spots (8) &with cut-off date of June 22 for complete registration.

Registration is open for families. Must provide own canoe, life jacket, lunch, and additional information found in registration packet. (instructors have 1 extra canoe - first come/first served).


Registration Costs: Tandam Canoes -- (two people) $75
Includes: Instruction & ACA Single Membership for 1 year.

Instructors will provide additional information in the registration packet once registration fee has been paid.

Registration is 100% refundable.

Please call instructors for more information #334-828-1098.
This weekend!! Full moon paddle n camp. 🚣🏻‍♀️💙💙🌕🛶🏕🏊🏼‍♀️🎣🍻🥞☕️🥣🔥🌲
people trying to get people to live and love naturw.
Heflin Spur of the Pinhoti Trail. Established August 2018. Old Growth forest, AMTRAK, Rocky Creek Waterfall, Scenic Appalachian Mountain Views, Cahulga Creek Park, Heflin City Hall. 3.5 miles blazed in white.
So many of you are asking about having a canoe class for children and parents....

We've decided to have a class for parents/grandparents and children.

We have set a class for children and parents to enjoy :) We will canoe and camp out!! (There is a hotel about 35 minutes away if tent camping isn't to appealing) River location = Toccoa River

Let's get ready to have a great memory with tent camping on the river!!

The class will still be taught on the Level 2 ACA Level, we will also add some fun "playtime" with some extra games and fun activities just for children. We will only go 2.5 miles each day, which will give us extra play time on the river, extra time to roast marshmallows, and extra time for sleeping bag snuggles.

We only have 4 spots -- 2 adults and 2 children - left for this 1 class! If you are interested in this class,
please call 334-828-1098 to register for the class.

Come make a Summer Memory that your family will love ...
Wilderness First Aid Course+Disaster+Travel
Jan. 27-28, 2018 (Fri-Sat): @ U.T., Chattanooga, TN
SCHEDULE (2 days, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day):
> Approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA)
Hosted by MEDIC Matt R. From Chattanooga Hiking Meetup
Topics & more info:
Instructors: Alli Hughes, WFR and Matthew Rosefsky, Geo Medic, Wilderness EMT, CERT, MRC, Street Medic, and SOLO Instructor-Trainer. > FEE: $195 for the 2-day dtWFA
(note that another org in the region charges $265!)
. . . Spaces limited. This is the 18-Hour Wilderness First Aid course required by BSA for at least 1 adult leader of a crew attending a High Adventure Base (Philmont, N. Tier, etc)
More info is at that website as well.

The Anniston Outdoor Association is an open group of local enthusiast dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, ecology awareness and just enjoying nature

Established in November 1991, the Anniston Outdoor Association is ongoing outdoor recreation program sponsored through the City of Anniston's Parks and Recreation Department. Membership is open to anyone dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, environmental awareness, and service in NE Alabama's great outdoors!

Operating as usual


We are knocking on the door of April, Earth Month! Spring has sprung in so many ways. Wildflowers, migratory birds, new life is all around us. Let us celebrate by enjoying the outdoors on your public lands. Wild Alabama has so much going on and we want you to join us as we celebrate life and the great outdoors! Check out our events flyer. To find out more about any of these events, visit our website home page, scroll down to the events calendar and click on each one to find out more information and who to contact to sign up.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 03/28/2022

We had a great waterfall tour in the Talladega National Forest. 15 participated. We hiked to Hidden Falls, Devil's Den Falls, Cheaha Falls, and High Falls. We had planned to conclude with a visit to Shinbone Falls but by the time we finished visiting High Falls, group concesus was that it was getting too late and we were tired, so we decided to wait until another time to visit them. The weather made for a perfect day and last week's rain made the falls very nice with significant water flow. A good time was had by all!

Photos are courtesy of Wright Willingham and I.


🚣‍♂️ 🚣‍♀️ ALABAMA CUP RACES: The Locust Fork Races at King’s Bend are quickly approaching!
👉 FLFR is a sponsor and needs volunteers! 💢

🗓 April 2 & 3

👏 If you are interested, click the link to learn more & sign up to volunteer.


Check out our list of upcoming events below!!!


Archaeology Hike: Sacred Stone Structures
Rock mounds, stone effigy structures and more…join JSU archaeologist, Dr. Harry Holstein, for this fascinating hike in the Mountain Longleaf Refuge near White Plains, AL. The group will begin with a 45 minute ‘Sacred Stone” program in the Archaeology Lab at JSU. Hikes are moderate level with some steep, short trails to get to these structures.

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022

Where: Meet in Room 142 Martin Hall (JSU Campus); JSU Van tour starts on Choccolocco Mountain

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (CST)

Fee: $20 per person (Ages 14 and older); Pre-registration required, Please call 256-845-3548 for questions.


Here is a sneak peek at our March events. Might be adding more but go ahead and get on our website to learn more details about each event.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 02/25/2022

A few belated group photos from
Last Saturday’s hike on the Pinhoti Trail. A special thanks to Linda Gunnoe, Belle Hamiter, and Anona Aderholdt for leading the hike!

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 02/13/2022

More pictures from today’s hike courtesy of Doris Hatch.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 01/26/2022

Pictures from Saturday’s trip to participate in the Eagle Awareness Program at Guntersville State Park courtesy of Belle Hamiter.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 01/17/2022

More photos from yesterday's hike courtesy of Doris Hatch.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 12/11/2021

Pictures from our Christmas Party on Thursday night. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed plenty of good food. Besides good fellowship, our outing leaders were recognized for their service and the history of our our association was discussed in light of its 30th birthday in November. A good time was had by all and a special thanks goes out to Renee Rainey and the Cheaha State Park staff for allowing us to use the Cleburne Room on such short notice.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 12/05/2021

Good hike today on the CCC road in the TNF. Nice weather, nice group of people, and a nice historic path to follow. What else could you ask for?

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 11/16/2021

Photos from our Hike Inn Trip courtesy of Linda Gunnoe.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 10/31/2021

Photos from today’ maintenance hike on the Pinhoti Trail.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 09/29/2021

More photos from our Pisgah National Forest trip led by Mike Martin. Photos courtesy of Doris Hatch. Thank you Doris for the great photos!


Wild Alabama is seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance this coming Friday and Saturday in the Cheaha Wilderness. We will be brushing and clearing the Odum Scout trail. Begin and end the day at High Falls trailhead and enjoy three cascading waterfalls! Round trip for this work will be 3-4 miles depending on how much work gets done. Meet our new Talladega National Forest Stewardship Coordinator Brittany Seaborg. All tools and guidance will be provided. Meet at High Falls trailhead at 8 a.m. Email Kim Waites to sign up. [email protected]


We are mid way into September and we have a lot going on this month for you to get involved in! Clean up days, trail maintenance, guided hikes, so much to do! Visit our website for more information on events and how to register! General questions can go to [email protected]

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 09/13/2021

We had a good trip on Big Wills Creek yesterday. 13 participated. The weather was perfect for the outing and the water was flowing the best that I've ever experienced on the creek at a rate of a little over 200 cfs through our trip. The only negative was the large volume of boats on the water due to 3 groups being on the creek (us, a Birmingham Meet-up group, and a Huntsville group). However, that was only a slight hindrance and we were able to paddle ahead of the big groups after a lunch break to enjoy solitude for the remainder of the trip. A thank you to everyone who participated and to Kris Theall for sharing her photos from the trip.

Outreach Hikes 09/02/2021

Outreach Hikes

Outreach Hikes Wild Alabama Guided Hikes Wild Alabama staff and volunteers lead hikes in the Bankhead National Forest and Talladega National Forest year round. Driven by our mission to inspire people to enjoy,...

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 08/16/2021

Additional photos from yesterday's trip on the Chattooga River Courtesy of Doris Hatch.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 08/16/2021

We had a good float yesterday on the Chattooga River in Lyerly, GA. 11 participated, the weather was nice, and the current was good. There were a few downed trees that we had to negotiate around or over but everyone survived them OK. It was a little disappointing that we could not find a spring remembered from a previous float on the river 20 years ago but everyone still had a good time.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 08/01/2021

Photos from yesterday’s trip on the Tallapoosa River from Horse Bend Military Park to Jaybird Creek Landing. 12 paricipated, the water was up, and everyone enjoyed the trip! A special thanks to Chuck Browne at Off the Beaten Path outfitters for providing rental kayaks and shuttling our boats.

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 07/25/2021

Photos from yesterday's float down the Paint Rock River near Woodville, AL. All flat water but nice current due to all the recent rain. Nice forest canopy cover the entire float. 12 participated and all had a good trip!

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 06/28/2021

Additional photos from Saturday's Flint River Trip courtesy of Dorris Hatch. Thank you Dorris for participating in the trip and for providing the excellent photos!

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 06/27/2021

Yesterday’s float on the Flint River. 8 participated. Good float with a good current and nice scenery. The only negative would be the excessive number of people on the river due to the increase in outfitters over the past couple of years. We may try a different section next year.


Happy Birthday Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Today marks 87 years that the park has been in service to the public as an official national park. We celebrate this beautiful place and everyone who supports preserving and protecting it for future generations to come.

Photos from Starlet Shimizu Rosser's post 06/05/2021

Photos from Starlet Shimizu Rosser's post


Tomorrow's float trip on Terrapin Creek has been postponed to Saturday, May 22 due to unsafe water conditions resulting from this week's heavy rains.


Saturday's hike on the Pinhoti & Chinnabee Silent Trail has been postponed to May 1 due to Saturday's forecast calling for inclement weather.


Tomorrow's loop hike on the Pinhoti and Cave Creek Trail has been postponed to April 17 due to tomorrow's forecast calling for inclement weather.


National parks and forests in Southern Appalachia occupy more than 2.2 millions of acres of land connected by rivers, trails, parkways, and history. Discover all there is to offer—camping, horseback riding, biking, and more—in the Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Map.

Recently reprinted to include an enlarged chart of where to find different activities and important Bearwise bear safety information, the map is available three ways: 1) find it for free at GSMNP visitor centers and GSMA bookstores, 2) download it for free from, or 3) get one mailed to you for a small fee by ordering from the GSMA web store.


Join Wild Alabama on a guided hike to Holmes Chapel Falls and Rush Creek in the Bankhead National Forest.
Saturday, April 3, 9:30 a.m. at the Rush Creek bridge on Mount Olive Road.
Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles roundtrip.
Rating: Moderate. No trail but doable for most hiking abilities.
Be prepared for rough, rocky, slippery footing, stream crossings, mud. For virus safety, wear a mask when a distance of at least 6 feet from other hikers lessens.
Bring: daypack with lunch, snacks, water.
Group size will be kept to no more than six. Signing up in advance is required. Sign up at [email protected].

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 03/28/2021

Additional pictures from yesterday’s Waterfall outing courtesy of Belle Hamiter. Thanks Belle!

Photos from Anniston Outdoor Association's post 02/22/2021

We had a good hike yesterday on the Pinhoti Trail between Pine Glenn and USFS 533. 10 participated, the weather was great, Shoal Creek was flowing nicely, Sweetwater Lake was beautiful, and the Laurel Shelter was in great shape! A special thanks to Linda Gunnoe, Belle Hamiter, and Anona Aderholt for leading this hike!

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Shinbone Falls in slow motion.
Mike Martin coming out from behind Hidden Falls near Camp MAC.



The Anniston Outdoor Association (AOA) offers a variety of outdoor excursions each month. While day hikes, canoe excursions and camping trips continue to be our most preferred activities, it is not uncommon for the AOA to sponsor other activities such as backpacking trips, cave and water fall tours, archaeological expeditions, whitewater adventures, and trips to unique scenic and historic areas. Over the past several years, the AOA has partnered with the JSU Field Schools on several occasions to offer even a greater variety of outings.

Volunteer service continues to be an important part of the AOA's mission. Each quarter, members of the AOA participate in service projects to improve the quality of our local outdoor recreational areas. In March 1992, the association adopted a 5-mile section of the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail which it maintains in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. The association also maintains the Cheaha Falls Trail Shelter, plants trees during Arbor Week and participates in the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day event each year. Besides schedule maintenance trips, members of the AOA also assist several other trail clubs in maintaining the Pinhoti Trail on an as needed basis.



6514 Weaver Road
Anniston, AL

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