Upcoming Events

  • Sipsey Open Woods Week August 10-19

    During Open Woods Weeks, the public is welcome to drive into the Sipsey River complex along the main gravel road leading from the Jack's Drive parking area to the south gate. The main gate will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday and remain open through the following week until 4 p.m. Sunday. Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking and wildlife photography are welcome on these dates. Those wanting to hike, bike and horseback ride during these Open Woods Weeks should be aware that there may be an increase in vehicle traffic.  In the event the Sipsey River is out of its banks and flooding the roads, the dates will be rescheduled. More information about the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex.

  • Plant Identification and Map Reading-Shoal Creek

    The League of Outdoor Women is hosting a hike/workshop for women at Shoal Creek Nature Preserve. Event will be led by Summer McCreless, owner of Mothering Herbs. Learn how to identify plants (both good and bad) and how to read maps.  Shoal Creek Preserve is one of the easiest hiking areas to access from Florence. The preserve is protected by the Forever Wild Land Trust and includes almost 300 acres. There are two trails totaling 4.3 miles. Meet at Shoals Creek Preserve a little bit before 10 am. We will complete the workshop at 12 pm. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic after the hike.  From Florence, turn north onto Lauderdale Co. Rd. 47 towards St. Florian. In St. Florian, turn left onto Co. Rd. 61/Butler Creek Road. The tract is located roughly 2 miles down the road on the right.

  • Sipsey Open Woods Week Sept. 7-16

    During Open Woods Weeks, the public is welcome to drive into the Sipsey River complex along the main gravel road leading from the Jack's Drive parking area to the south gate. The main gate will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday and remain open through the following week until 4 p.m. Sunday. Canoeing, birding, fishing, picnicking and wildlife photography are welcome on these dates. Those wanting to hike, bike and horseback ride during these Open Woods Weeks should be aware that there may be an increase in vehicle traffic.  In the event the Sipsey River is out of its banks and flooding the roads, the dates will be rescheduled. More information about the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex.

  • Frontier Days at Ft. Toulouse

    Alabama Frontier Days focuses on demonstrating life on the southern frontier during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The public can experience this “living history” as many frontier crafts and trades are demonstrated by specialists dressed in historic costume. Admission: Adults - $8 Students - $7