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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 Trail (0.63): This trail begins at the trailhead located directly behind the information board. It is smooth and short, guiding you through the trees. It is the perfect for a quick stroll, especially for beginners and children. The trail concludes at Devil’s Racetrack. If you turn right, hikers have the option to continue on Devil’s Racetrack, while turning left will lead you back to the parking lot.

Devils Racetrack (3.4 Mi): The more popular trail on this side of Wade Mountain is a 3.4-mile out-and-back, easy trail. It’s relatively flat and smooth, featuring a few rocky spots. The trail guides you through the woods to an open “racetrack” around a massive mound before leading you back down the trail. Legend has it that Native Americans used to hold pony races around this racetrack, giving the trail its name. Today, horses are still permitted on the trails at this preserve.

Rock Wall Trail (0.77 mi): This trail branches off from Devil’s Racetrack, leading you through the beautiful woods on a relatively easy trail. Towards the end of the trail, you’ll encounter a spring that flows after rainfalls and a manmade rock wall.

Harris Trail (1.12 mi): This trail connects to Rock Wall Trail and Shovelton. There is reportedly a dog statue near the beginning that overlooks the trail. Despite numerous visits, my family and I have yet to spot any dogs besides our own here. So if you happen to see the statue, let me know.

Shovelton Trail (0.65 mi): This is a smooth, easy trail that connects to Harris and Rock Wall Trail.

Wade Mountain Trail (2.14 mi): This trail forms a loop at the northern part and connects to the Pulaski Pike side of Wade Mountain and Devil’s Racetrack.

Additional Information:

Location: 10130 Spragins Hollow Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35810

Parking: Parking is plentiful directly in front of the trails of Devils Racetrack and Pine Loop Trail.

Difficulty: Trails run from easy to moderate. The most child friendly trail is Piney Loop due to it being short and easy.

Map: Map is accessible here.

There are two more accessible trailheads for Wade Mountain Nature Preserve: Wade Mountain Greenway parking on Pulaski Pike and Fleming Trailhead. Please note that there is no parking available at the Fleming Trailhead. Pedestrians can park at the same parking as Spragins Hollow and walk half a mile to reach the trailhead. Fleming Trailhead will be on the left. Many more trails of Wade Mountain are located here.

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