Turkey Creek Nature Preserve: Adventures with Adamson, Episode 3


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Sunshine and cool filming locations, that’s about all we need. Photo via Bham Now

Your summer playground awaits. The best part? It is only half an hour from Birmingham city center. Our friends from Adamson Ford lent us a nice ride so we could go see it for ourselves. Find out everything you need to know before you head here!

Reserve

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Turkey Creek Nature Reserve is located in Pinson, Alabama. It is just 9 miles, or around 30 minutes, from Birmingham city center. The 466 acres are a dream for families, conservationists, nature lovers and adventurers.

The reserve actually dates back to documented prehistoric Native American inhabitants. It also played a fairly significant role in the birth of industry in this region, home to a flour mill and a small iron forge in the mid-1800s.

Today, it offers outdoor recreation, hands-on education and more to more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Your summer haven

Biking, hiking, jogging, exploring, what more could you ask for? Turkey Creek Nature Reserve has it all. There are 5 different trails ranging from easy to moderate difficulty. They are all open to pedestrian traffic and two are open to bicycles.

You can hike the trails individually or combine them into a long connected trail that crosses the reserve. Check out the trail map here.

Turkey Creek also offers a lot of fishing. Just make sure you practice catching and releasing. Not only is the jam fun for the whole family, it’s also perfect for Fido. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a physical leash at all times.

Here are the basics:

  • Address: 3906 Turkey Creek Rd, Pinson, Alabama
  • Telephone: (205) 680-4116
  • Hours: Wed-Sun 9 am-5:30pm
  • Pedestrian Hours: Fri-Sat 7 AM-9AM (walking + cycling only)
  • Website

Go out and explore

Road trips are more fun in a big car. Photo via Bham Now

I’ve lived all over the Southeast, and while I love my Florida beaches, I can admit that Central AL’s natural beauty is unmatched. A Birmingham company that has been part of the community for over a century wanted to help us showcase some of the most unique places in our area.

Adventures with Adamson is a series in which we bring you the best day trips within hours of Birmingham and take you with us. Here’s where we’ve been so far:

We’ll be continuing this series throughout the summer, so be sure to stay tuned to Bham Now and share our adventures with your road trip friends. These are destinations that you certainly won’t want to miss.

Adventure + Preservation

Turkey Creek Nature Reserve was created through a partnership between the state’s Forever Wild program and the Freshwater Land Trust. Today, in addition to this partnership, it is co-managed by the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College.

In addition to the incredible scenery, the reserve contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats in this region of Alabama. It truly is a beautiful area and I know I will return there again and again.

Turkey Creek is home to one of the state’s most popular swimming holes. Going down the rapids is a favorite activity, but with it comes the crowds. Of course, crowds are something we are all trying to minimize and avoid right now.

The reserve wanted to remain open to the public and ensure that people could always enjoy one of the most beautiful places around. Here’s a look at some of the security measures they’ve introduced:

  • Hiking, biking and fishing only
  • No swimming or wading
  • No parking or driving beyond the Blue Hole parking lot
  • All toilets will remain closed
  • No gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Visitors must maintain 6 feet of separation
  • Learn more about the new regulations here

The car: Ford Mustang 2020

Ok, I think that takes the cake for the most photogenic vehicle. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Is there a more quintessential “cool car” than the Ford Mustang? I do not think so. Our friends at Adamson Ford hooked us up with a 2020 Mustang and I have to admit I was living out my teenage fantasy while whipping this up.

As an adult, I was actually quite impressed with the way he drove. It was super smooth for a sportier-sized car, and still had all of the practical, premium features we know and love in Ford vehicles.

Not to mention that this Mustang was equipped with EcoBoost, which propels it up to 32 MPG on the highway. Our 30 mile (round trip) adventure used about a single gallon of gas.

After that road trip, I was about to trade in my car and switch to something just as ready to hit the highway as I am.

Be prepared for anything

Always Adamson, Always Family. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

If you are getting ready for your next adventure, Adamson Ford is ready to take you there. Whether you need a new car, a tune-up, or something in between, they’ll treat you like family.

Weekend road trips and daily weekday trips can be improved in a ride like this. Call them today!

Do you have a favorite hidden gem in the 7 Counties area that we need to check out? Email me at [email protected] to let us know!

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