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Alabama Outdoor Adventures. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources invites you to "Step Outside®. " We want you to feel comfortable enjoying the outdoors, so we sponsor a series of hands-ons days where you can participate. Alabama Scenic River Trail - Alabama’s great new river trail is the longest water trail in any single state of the country. Alabama Passport to Fitness - This project was developed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and its purpose is to promote Alabama’s many fitness opportunities.

The Year of Outdoor Alabama mini-site is a great resource for finding all kinds of outdoor activities throughout the state, from the beaches to the mountains. Alabama is an outdoor playground, where you can enjoy every adventure imaginable, from hiking, camping, cycling, canoeing and kayaking to horseback riding, fishing, hunting, scaling boulders and rappelling down canyons. American Trails: Trail Resources in Alabama. Alabama Agencies For trails on Alabama State Parks: www.alapark.com/ Information on National Park Service units in Alabama: www.nps.gov/state/al/index.htm? Program=parks For information on National Forests in Alabama: www.fs.fed.us/r8/alabama/ National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. For trails on the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge: US Army Corps of Engineers manages the Bigbee Bottom & Lower Pool Trails in Demopolis, AL, and the Rocky Branch Trail near Tuscaloosa Help Care for our Trails! Trails don't just happen! Alabama National Recreation Trails The ten newest NRTs in Alabama: Browse all National Recreation Trails in Alabama: There are 1515.69 miles of NRTs in Alabama and 54 trails!

Visit Alabama's "Featured" National Recreational Trails for the most recently designated trail(s) Visit the National Recreation Trails website to learn more about the NRT program and access over 1,200 NRTs from across the country Alabama Bicycling and Mountain Biking Mountain Biking Trails in Alabama. Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds. Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water...

Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds

Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. www.naturalswimmingpools.com The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area. The aquatic plants filter out contaminants and use nutrients from the water as food which helps prevent algae. Then rocks, such as granite river rock or haydite, to which friendly bacteria attach, act as biological filters. There are many options as to design. A gradual slope contains the plants, gravel and loamy sand, a wall keeps them separate from the swimming area.

Vacuum but twice a year and tend to the plants as needed. The regeneration zone can be along the perimeter of a natural pool or a pond unto itself but connected to the swimming area. www.gartenart.co.uk Northeast U.S.

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