New book highlights the best places to hike in Central Alabama

Avid hiker and author Thomas Spencer penned a new book highlighting the best hikes in central Alabama. Entitled “Five-Star Trails: Birmingham: Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes” the book lists great hikes within a 75 miles radius of Birmingham and features maps and photos.

Spencer grew up hiking and camping in Alabama with his family. He covered outdoors and the environment with the Anniston Star and The Birmingham News for over two decades.

Some of the Birmingham hikes featured are Oak Hill Cemetery, Railroad Park, Moss Rock Preserve, Oak Mountain State PArk, Red Mountain Park and Ruffner Mountain.

Each hike featured shows the most important information first such as GPS coordinates, distance of the hike, hiking time, wheelchair access and contact info. Lots of photos are included in every chapter.

Spencer has a useful rating system that rates scenery, trail condition, if the hike is child friendly, difficulty and solitude. There is other useful information about nearby attractions as well.

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