Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

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bullfrogbend
Birmingham, AL101 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
My hat is off to the folks in charge of this great little get away!
I have lived in the Pinson area for 50 years and I can say from first hand experience, this place has never looked so nice. The walking trails are great! Catch it early on a fall morning and enjoy the sounds of waterfalls and woodpeckers while the sun begins to climb the hills of Mt. Pinson. A little history for you younger folks, and for those who may wonder where in the world I came up with my name? Before this area was know as Pinson, AL, it was actually known as "Bullfrog Bend" that's right folks! Now get out to "Bullfrog Bend" and walk the banks of Turkey Creek along the bends of "slick rock" and enjoy a little piece of heaven in my town!
Written January 2, 2013
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atomo58
Birmingham, AL15 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
This is a nice place, and I have been coming here since I was a very young boy. It is great that it has been made a "Forever Wild" site. The improvements are many and much needed. There are a few issues that should be addressed however. For those of you out there that have little concept of respect for nature there is this, TAKE YOUR GARBAGE WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE!!!! Next, those of you who feel the need to bring your dog, KEEP THEM OUT OF THE WATER!!!!, it is a SANITARY thing and this is not a 3rd world country. Last but not least, if your kids are in diapers PLEASE ensure they are SWIM DIAPERS!!!!
I had an idea come to me; broken glass containment boxes. If everyone helped to pickup the broken glass, bit by bit, one day it might all be gone. The glass could then be melted down by an art student at BSC and made into "Turkey Creek" souvenirs to be sold or auctioned to raise money for the preserve in order to fund other improvements. I hope that it gets more funding because this is a true gem and if Ruffner Mtn. gets money to build buildings and paved parking why not Turkey Creek?
Written July 5, 2014
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McCoy2011
Hoover, AL26 contributions
Apr 2013
Beautiful place. Had the rushing waters. Reminds me of the streams along Gatlinburg TN. Has benches to sit and enjoy the views. People swim and play in the water.
Written April 17, 2013
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tornadojess30635th
Pinson, AL1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Family
They have destroyed the beauty of the river with signs, gates, rules, very hateful people run the park! I was disappointed about the way we were treated! Will not be back. Need people who love the park to run it.
Written June 6, 2018
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MandyLeigh1976
Wetumpka, AL2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
My hubs and I drove from Montgomery to Turkey Creek this weekend after seeing it advertised by "Only in Alabama".
We were so sad and angry. There was trash, dirty diapers, broken glass, etc everywhere. We left and drove all the way home without swimming. NO WAY I'd get in that water. What a shame..beautiful place, ruined.
Written June 25, 2018
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Martha A
Pinson, AL53 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
I hadn't been to Turkey Creek in years. We decided to drive through after an All Star game. We couldn't wait to go back for a visit. When we did it was so nice for a family day trip. We live about 10 minutes away and will be back in the summer to get the kids out in the fresh air and the beauty of nature.
Written April 4, 2018
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2520Watson
Trussville, AL30 contributions
Oct 2012
A really nice, quite place to walk along the creek side. We were there with some friends for a relaxing afternoon. The fall leaves were just beautiful and the hike along the creek was very peacefull with a number of benches so you could just sit and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Written February 16, 2013
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KReaves895
Birmingham, AL35 contributions
Aug 2011
Birmingham Southern College runs this area that is an easy drive from Birmingham. You can take tubes and float the creek for a long way just like a lazy river. There are also walking trails, Nature Center, and really nice picnic pavilions. The end of the creek has small water fall that the kids will ride the middle down like a slide. There is no cost and the creek water is amazingly clean and clear. I do recommend you taking shoes or at least socks because the water fall area is slippery barefooted.
Written August 26, 2011
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jjmeyer720
28 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Had a great time with my kids ages 3, 7 & 9. Water temp was cool, maybe a little lower than preferred. There’s a natural ‘waterslide’ by the falls that’s fun (albeit definitely risky). Bring a tube and float the Creek or try the slide if you dare. BRING socks and water shoes. There’s a lot of broken glass from the parking lot to the creek. Once at the Creek, socks are sooo much better to grip the super slippery rocks. Floatie and life jacket recommended for little ones if you’re trying the ‘slide’.
Written July 14, 2018
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Anne M
Mount Olive, Alabama18 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
I was very disappointed to see MandyLeigh1976's review. During the summer the Preserve is used by many many people. I am a volunteer at the Preserve. It is a Forever Wild Property that must raise money to sustain the Preserve. I am Certified by the Alabama Water Watch and regularly monitor the water quality each month. The results are posted on the AWW site and the Friends Facebook page. Our creek gets a Green Light for Bacteriological testing and the Chemistry testing is always great. We struggle to keep the glass picked up but, until 2009 it was used as a major hang out. Each time it rains a layer of dirt washes away. We pick it up and it rains and the dirt washes away and more comes up. I can't understand why some people leave their dirty diapers strewn around when we have many trash bins. But I agree, they do, it seems some people do not have a respect for the environment. We clean them up all of the time. Perhaps if we had more volunteers or money to pay clean up crews, we could keep it pristine. As for the Portalets, they are cleaned on a regular basis. But in the summer it is hard to keep up. But, as to the quality of the water, it's great! Just ask the Vermillion Darter. An endangered species that lives only there. And could not survive in polluted waters.
Written July 11, 2018
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