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Field Trip: Sylacauga—Flagg Mountain


Trail at the top of Flagg Mountain. Photo by Joe Watts

March 26 , 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 2 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 25th, and space is limited.

Registration is now closed. Check out our upcoming events here.

Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.

Located in the Weogufka State Forest in Coosa County, Flagg Mountain is a new destination for Audubon field trips. This southernmost Appalachian peak over 1,000 feet contains a CCC-built lookout tower and cabins as well as a fully accessible sidewalk trail leading from a parking lot to the top of the mountain. Weogufka State Forest consists of 240 acres of upland hardwood forest owned by the State of Alabama and managed by the Alabama Forestry Commission.

You can find more information about this Piedmont Plateau site on the Alabama Birding Trails here. The following is noted on the Alabama Birding Trails website: This is a remote location located at the top of a steep, rocky dirt road. Although most vehicles can safely traverse the last 1/2 mile drive, it is very rocky and steep. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Walking the last 1/2 mile is also an option. Our scouting has found it passable, but it is still worth noting.

The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Publix at Lee Branch on Highway 280 (410 Doug Baker Blvd). We will meet around 7:50 a.m. at the Hardee’s (42471 US-280, Sylacauga) on the corner of Coosa Street and Hwy 280 just south of Sylacauga. It is across 280 from our turn to Flagg Mountain. Note: There is an outhouse-style bathroom available at the top of the mountain.

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: a full tank of gas, binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate attire. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable.

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Accessibility: The trail at the top of the mountain is fully accessible for wheelchair use and is a gentle grade for walking. There are no places along the path to sit and rest. There are no accessible bathroom facilities.

Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.

The food: Bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water. Once we get to our destination, there are no concessions nearby.

The birds: The dense mixed forest provides good habitat as a stopover point for spring migrants. Expect to see typical woodland birds, plus the possibility of almost any raptor found in Alabama. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the mountain here. Share your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!

Trip leaders: Linda Neighbors (205-568-5554) and Susan Barrow (205-253-8667) will lead this trip. Please contact them on the day of the field trip only.

Questions? Email the Programs Assistant.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.