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    Wade Mountain Nature Preserve- Spragins Hollow Trailhead

    Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is a Land Trust property spanning 935 acres, and is situated in North Huntsville, Alabama. It boasts a 12-mile network of trails accessible through three trailheads, with one located at the beginning of Spragins Hollow Trailhead. The Spragins Hollow Trailhead starts directly behind the parking lot and provides a choice of two trails to begin with: Devil’s Racetrack and Piney Loop Trail. Many of the trails at the Spragins Hollow Trailhead are smooth and easy, making them ideal for beginner hikers or families with small children. My family particularly enjoys hiking here during the fall to witness the beauty of the changing leaves. Trails: Piney Loop…

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    Wade Mountain Nature Preserve- Pulaski Pike Trailhead

    Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is a 935-acre natural reserve located in North Huntsville, Alabama. It features an extensive network of trails that cover a total of 12 miles. The preserve offers multiple trailheads, including one at the start of the Wade Mountain Greenway on Pulaski Pike. Wade Mountain Greenway begins on the Pulaski Pike side of Wade Mountain, offering a smooth, paved walkway that stretches for approximately 1 mile. This pathway is ideal for individuals seeking a short easy stroll, bicyclists, wheelchairs and strollers. After walking the greenway for approximately 1 mile, two benches mark the end of the paved area and the wilderness starts. The Wade Mountain Greenway Trail…

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    Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve

    Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve in Madison City, Alabama, is part of The Land Trust of North Alabama. It offers over 3 miles and 147 acres of unique hiking experiences that differ from many other trails and preserves in the area. It’s mostly rocky terrain provides numerous moderate to difficult trails in the lower areas of the preserve, making it an excellent place for a workout. A playground for children is located at the entrance of the preserve, inviting the entire family to stay active. However, it’s important to note that not all the trails in the preserve are kid-friendly. If hikers stick to the top of the preserve, close to…

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    Madison County Nature Trail

    The Madison County Nature Trail, otherwise known as the Green Mountain trail, is a popular 72-acre park located in Southeast Huntsville on Green Mountain. It is a beautiful and serene nature trail that offers visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse themselves in nature. The park is free of charge and open daily to the public from 7 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset. The 1.5-mile easy nature trail loops around the beautiful Sky Lake. Along the trail, hikers walk through Cambron Covered Bridge and past other historically styled structures such as a log cabin, chapel, train depot, outdoor classroom, and more. This…

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    Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve

    Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve is a 551-acre property located to the east of Huntsville. The Preserve is part of the Land Trust of North Alabama and currently holds 7 well-marked interconnected trails, totaling 4.5 miles in all. My family frequents this preserve quite often, as most of the trails are fairly easy and child-friendly. This makes the preserve a perfect place for a quick getaway. Trails: Chapman Mountain is not only for hikers; horseback riders and bicyclist are also welcome. Additionally, the preserve features the Terry Education Pavilion, designed for educational purposes and community gatherings, as well as the Chapman Pines Disc Golf Course, an 18-hole course located in Driskell…

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    Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk

    Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk is an excellent place for a quick walk in Huntsville, Alamba. Located off I-565 on County Line Road, the trail is part of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. It is an easy, well-marked, 1.1-miles out-and-back trail, taking an average 20 minutes to walk. Beaverdam is partially split between a flat, lightly gravel path and boardwalk, making it another stroller and wheelchair friendly trail. The path is surrounded by Alabama’s largest Swamp Tupelos, trees that thrive in a constant flooded environment. This trail is perfect for young children and people of varying abilities. Wildlife sightings are common, especially during the wetter seasons. Our favorite time to visit is…

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    Hickory Cove Nature Preserve

    Hickory Cove Nature Preserve is the newest preserve of the Land Trust of North Alabama, making it the Land Trust’s tenth preserve. The preserve spans 146 acres of mountainside and features the Legacy Loop Trail. Additionally, it is located alongside part of the City of Huntsville’s Trailhead Greenway. The Legacy Loop Trail is a moderate 1.74-mile loop that starts from the Trailhead Greenway, near a springhouse. The trail takes hikers through a forest, up and down the mountainside, ending near the entrance. Along the way, hikers can enjoy scenic views of rocky bluffs, wet weather falls, wildflowers, and a variety of trees. The trail is well marked and rated moderate…

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    Space and Rocket Center Trails

    The Space and Rocket Center is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Huntsville. People from all over the country come to view the rockets and other space artifacts. What many people do not know is that directly behind the center, hidden in plain sight, lie some amazing space-themed trails. Along the trails, hikers will find broken-down aircraft, cockpits, planes, and even a “UFO.” The trails are fairly flat and easy to navigate, making them perfect for families with small children, people of varying abilities, and bicyclists. Each trail connects to the others, offering about four miles total, but hikers can easily exit the trail if they want to do…

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    The Three Caves Loop

    The Three Caves Loop is an easy 0.26-mile loop trail near Huntsville, Alabama. The short hike leads you around the perimeter of The Three Caves, which were created when the area was a limestone mine. Along the trail, there are barrier gates to help people get a good view of the caves but keep them from falling. However, the entire loop is not gated off, so watch for some steep areas, especially around young children. You cannot enter the caves due to falling rock. There are gates blocking entry. But it still offers an amazing view. Three Caves often has concerts and events held there. This was my very first…

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    Harvest Square Nature Preserve

    Harvest Square Nature Preserve is one of my favorite hidden spots, located off Highway 53, next to Publix. Harvest Square is the smallest nature preserve of Land Trust North Alabama, covering 69 acres, with 33 acres of farmland and two miles of interconnected hiking trails. The trails are extremely diverse, ranging from crushed gravel, boardwalks, grassy areas, farmland, into woods, and next to two manmade ponds, Terry and Turner Ponds. The trails are mainly flat, making them perfect for young kids or people with varying abilities Trails: Beaver Dam Trail: (0.21 mi) An accessible crushed gravel trail that passes near the beaver home. This trail is at the start of…

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