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Cody Hood

Cody is an occupational therapist assistant, husband, and father, who lives in Addison, AL, just a few miles from Bankhead National Forest. He loves hiking, camping, backpacking, biking, kayaking in Bankhead and the Sipsey Wilderness Area, getting out and finding the waterfalls in and around Bankhead and Sipsey, and hearing or reading about the history of those places. He says to stand in the woods and just listen to the sounds of the outdoors is just something he can't explain.

In the past few years or so, he began to explore other areas in this beautiful state, and in the past 2 years he's competed in The Alabama Beta Challenge. It is an outdoor, team based competition where you earned points for doing outdoor challenges. He was able to revisit a few places and explore some new places, too. He camped at Cherokee Rock Village and fell in love with that area. 

He's a firm believer on getting kids outdoors and thinks we should teach them to respect our wild places. He's lead hikes hoping to get kids and their families out to see how beautiful and special our area is. 

Take Me Out to See the Trash Pandas

With spring all around us comes the crack of the bats, vendors selling hot dogs, and the sound of cleats sliding into the bases. Baseball, it's known as America's game. As a kid growing up in Southern California, I remember going to see the Anaheim Angels play. I saw Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire…

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Biking in Bankhead

Enjoy Bankhead on a Bicycle Bankhead National Forest has more than 180,000 acres of forest for your outdoor needs. There are hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding opportunities in Bankhead and the Sipsey Wilderness Area, and another way to enjoy Bankhead is by bicycle. Where to Begin There are miles of dirt and gravel roads to ride on. You can park at the Brushy Lake day use area ($3 day use…

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100 Alabama Miles Challenge in North Alabama

Three years ago my family and I found out about the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge. Ever since then, I’ve been earning miles and badges all over our state. The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge encourages Alabamians to live a healthier lifestyle by getting outdoors and exploring our beautiful state. You can…

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