• Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    Old Railroad Bed Trail

    Old Railroad Bed Trail is a 2.9-mile moderate point-to-point trail on Monte Sano with a lot of history. This trail is home to one of the country’s oldest and shortest-used rail corridors, the Monte Sano Railway. In the late 1800s, a hotel was built atop the 1,600-foot Monte Sano. In order to transport passengers to the hotel location at the top, the railroad was built by 500 construction workers in four months. The line opened August 1888 and guests paid 25 cents each way to get to Hotel Monte Sano. However, by October, a derailment caused by brake failure frightened passengers away. As a result, only freight cars used the…

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    Wildflower Trail

    The Wildflower Trail in Huntsville, Alabama is a great option for a family walk. It is located at the base of Monte Sano and is protected by the Land Trust of North Alabama. The trail is relatively short, measuring 0.7 miles out and back, and is an easy hike suitable for families and beginners. As you walk along the trail, you will encounter rocky terrain and follow alongside Fagan Creek. The trail gets its name from the beautiful wildflowers that can be spotted during the spring. If you visit in early spring, you may be able to see Yellow Trout Lilies, Wild Blue Phlox flowers, and more. The creek and…

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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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