Is this Andy?
I’m in Birmingham and spend as much time outside as possible.
Pinhoti is a lot of fun. Limited water access, Boulder fields, and elevation change make it a bit of a grind (think AT), but worth it nonetheless.
Sipsey wilderness is like hiking through Ferngully. It’s gorgeous, primitive, and water is readily available.
Theres a million other spots. If you want to see a bunch of them consider competing in the Alabama beta adventure race this year.