• Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • 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…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • Hikes

    Hiking Bethel Springs Nature Preserve

    The largest waterfall in Madison County lies nestled on a 360-acre property on Keel Mountain. The Bethel Spring Nature Preserve is a beautiful hike located in New Hope, Alabama, offering hikers 1.8 total miles of free trails to explore. The preserve has two trails hikers can choose from. The first one, Bethel Creek Loop, is at the start of the preserve. The trail is a 0.3-mile simple loop. The trail starts off on a small bridge. Hikers proceed to pass through farmland, Bethel Creek and a valley view looking up at Keel Mountain. The next trail is one of my family’s favorite trails and is actually three trails combined to…

  • Things to do

    Strawberry Picking at Brown Farms

    One of my family’s favorite thing to do each year in the spring is to pick strawberries at Brown Farms in New Market, Alabama. They allow the customers to pick their own strawberries, making it a fun adventure for the entire family. Brown Farms has been serving the Huntsville area strawberries since 1950.  The family farm has over 15 acres dedicated to just fresh strawberries. Brown Farms is a perfect place to spend the day picking your own fruit or purchasing the strawberries they have already picked in the store. They also have an amazing jump pad on which children can play on. Be sure to stop inside the store…

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