• Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    The 12 Best Kid Friendly Trails of the Huntsville Area

    Hiking with my family is one of my favorite activities. It’s a great way to exercise and expend the kids’ energy. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to breathe some fresh air, connect with nature, and, for the most part, enjoy the many trails that are free to use. Here are the top 12 kid friendly trails in the Huntsville area that will leave everyone delighted. 1. Harvest Square Nature Preserve: Located in Harvest, off Highway 53, this place is a hidden gem among the Land Trust of North Alabama properties. Most trails are easy, flat, and no longer than 1 mile, making them child-friendly. The Preserve features many boardwalks…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • 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…

  • Camping,  Things to do

    Camping at Honeycomb Campground

    Located in Grant, Alabama, just 30 minutes from downtown Huntsville, Honeycomb Campground is one of the places we like to venture to for a relaxing getaway weekend. The campground hosts 141 campsites, with 37 of them being waterfront sites. Primitive and RV sites are available, but if that’s not your style, they also have four two-bedroom fully stocked cabins available for rent; one of them is even wheelchair accessible. All campsites are extremely spacious and come equipped with a picnic table. The campground rests along the banks of Lake Guntersville, providing an amazing sandy swim beach. Other amenities include fishing off the docks, boat rentals, a kids’ playground, a pavilion,…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • 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

    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…

  • Hikes,  Kid Friendly Hikes

    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…

  • Hikes

    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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