Greenways and Trails

Some days you just wanna get outside and enjoy the outdoors. If you’re into beautiful scenery and getting a bit of exercise, head to these great parks, greenways, and hiking trails that are right in your backyard.

Directory of Huntsville Greenways, Trails, and Parks

Address: 1100 Mountain Gap Road Huntsville, AL 35803
Acres: 103.55
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Paved 4.19 mile trail trail with walking, jogging, bicycling and rollerblading allowed. Pets allowed on a leash only. Parking at Ken Johnston Park.

Address: 2710 Carl T. Jones Drive Huntsville, AL 35802
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: 0.9 mile, multi-use walking and biking trail that runs along Atwood Drive and connects Jones Family Park to the Valley Hill Country Club. A small parking lot is available near the Aldridge Creek Bridge on Four Mile Post Road or large parking lots can be found at the northern terminus at Valley Bend Shooping Center at Jones Farm.

Address: 315 Fountain Circle Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 0.3
Type: Park
Info: Splash fountains operating seasonally for children

Address: 261 Old Highway 431 Huntsville, AL 35763
Acres: 53.4
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Paved 2.86 mile trail with walking, jogging, bicycling and rollerblading allowed. Also offers outdoor exercise equipment. Pets allowed on a leash only. Connects to the Flint River Greenway at Hays Nature Preserve. Parking at Hampton Cove Elementary School

Address: 200 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 17.96
Type: Park
Info: Park overlooking natural spring in downtown Huntsville. Park offers picnic tables, park benches, and lots of green space. Also serves as a venue for annual festivals and other outdoor activities including Panolpy Arts Festival, Concerts in the Park, and more.

Address: 4100 Cecil Ashburn Drive Huntsville, AL 35802
Acres: 971.12
Type: Greenway/Trail, Park
Info: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve is 971.12 acres of scenic vistas, rock overhangs, trails, and pristine forest within Huntsville city limits. Larger than Central Park, this Preserve features a 10.5 mile trail system composed of ten named trails.

Called Huntsville’s own “Little Appalachian Trail,” the Preserve contains the southernmost remnant of the Space Walk Trail created by Boy Scouts in the 1960’s that ran from Monte Sano State Park to the south end of Green Mountain.

The northern portion of the Preserve holds the first piece of property donated to Alabama’s first land trust (now the Land Trust of North Alabama) in 1988. These acres now feature the Stevenson and Fanning trails named for the families who first donated land to the Land Trust.

A well-used trail system for passive recreation, this Preserve is a favorite of runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. The trails are valued for their variety as well as their scenic vistas.

The Preserve is part of the Cumberland Plateau with a large sandstone mountain cap and huge sandstone bluffs. It is home to bobcat, deer, coyote, fox, turkey, raccoon, opossum, and armadillo. In addition to mature forests, pockets of endangered Price’s Potato Bean and Morefield’s Leather Flower have been found. Also found is the American Smoketree (also called Chittamwood and once used for making yellow dye), Ovate Flycatcher, Yellow Lady Slipper, and Alabama Snow Wreath.

The Land Trust offers environmental outreach programs on this Preserve. Seasonal hikes and events offer a gateway to use and direct enjoyment of Land Trust properties, increasing probability of self-initiated usage. Environmental education events on the trails help foster appreciation of nature and the need to preserve the places we love. This is vital in raising the next generation of land preservation activists.

The Land Trust works in partnership with Alabama’s Forever Wild to manage the Preserve. The trails are considered part of the city of Huntsville’s Spacewalk Section I and II Greenways.

Address: Palmer Road Madison AL, 35758
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: 12 foot wide pathway stretching for approximately 2.3 miles beginning at Palmer Park and ending at Heritage Elementary School

Address: 3770 Ivy Ave SW Huntsville, AL 35805
Acres: 169.62
Type: Park
Info: Large park offering 6 baseball and 4 softball fields, 6 volleyball courts, disc golf, horseshoe courts, and 4 multipurpose fields. Park also offers 3 playgrounds, 12 pavilions, concessions and restrooms. Pavillions can be reserved for a fee through the Brahan Spring Recreation Center.

Address: South Bluff Trail, Green Mountain Huntsville, AL
Acres: Approx. 90
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Approximately 1 mile loop trail for hikers and runners. Trail starts at the end of the cul-de-sac of South Bluff Trail in the Oak Bluff subdivision, winds past a natural wetland preserve, and then descends down off the bluff along a streambed. It passes under a wet weather waterfall called Buzzard Falls, and through some beautiful outcroppings and rock cuts below the bluff along the southern end of Green Mountain. The trail finishes at the southern end of South Bluff Trail, just a short walk back to the start point. Moderately strenuous hike.

Directions:
South on Bailey Cove Road past Grissom High School, then across Weatherly Road
Approximately 1 mile south of Weatherly, turn left on Green Mountain Road (watch for flashing yellow light)
Follow Green Mountain to top then turn right on South Shawdee Road
Take South Shawdee south for about ½ mile, then turn right on South Village Square
Follow South Village Square about 1.5 miles then turn right on Monte Vedra Road
Take Monte Vedra approximately 1.1 miles; right at South Bluff Trail on left.
Trail head is at the end of cul-de-sac

Address: 360A Harvestwood Court Huntsville, AL 35758
Acres: 71.88
Type: Park
Info: Large park with 5 pavillions, a large playground, restrooms, a walking trail and lots of green space.

Address: 293 Ditto Landing Road Huntsville, AL 35803
Type: Park
Info: A public facility operated by the Huntsville-Madison County Marina and Port Authority. Dry storage for boats up to 23’, wet slips, overnight docking, picnic pavilions that accommodate 50-300 people, shaded campsites, fishing, boat ramps, fuel dock and more.

Address: 200 Cleveland Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 1.5
Type: Park
Info: Greenspace for dogs and their owners

Address: 8324 Madison Pike Madison, AL 35758
Acres: 60
Type: Park
Info: Basketball court, 9 soccer fields, 7 tennis courts, volleyball and disc golf course. Park also offers playground, diving well, indoor and outdoor pool, kiddie pool, walking track, and walking trails

Address: Adjacent to Haysland Road
Acres: 2.5 miles
Info: The Elgie’s Walk Greenway includes nearly 2.5 miles of a new 12-foot-wide multi-use path, stretching from Grissom High School to Bell Mountain Park on Redstone Road. The Elgie’s Walk Greenway is the first phase of an additional 5.3 miles of hard surface walking paths to be constructed at Hays Farm within the Rena and Elgie Hays Green Park.

Address: 2710 Drake Avenue Huntsville, AL 35805
Type: Park
Info: Park offers a playground for children of all abilities, a pavillion, and restrooms

Address: Southeast Old 431 Highway, Huntsville, AL
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: 1.87 mile long walking and biking trail connecting Old US 431 to the Big Cove Creek Greenway in the Hays Nature Preserve where parking is available. Parking is also available off Old Hwy 431.

Address: 200 Monroe Street NW Huntsville, AL 35801
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: 0.6 mile trail that connects Veterans Park to Pratt Avenue in downtown Huntsville. Parking is available along Meridian Street.

Address: 5851 Highway 53 Harvest, AL 35749
Acres: 69
Type: Greenway/Trail, Park
Info: Located east of the Publix Market at the corner of Hwy. 53 and Jeff Road, the Harvest Square Recreational Preserve is part of the 69+ acres donated to the Land Trust by Aronov Realty Management in 2009. This recreation area is the first of its kind in this portion of northwest Madison County and has stimulated widespread positive support by the surrounding community.

Features include two ponds, one mile of trail, eight benches, and a picnic pavilion which may be reserved. The property is open dawn to dusk for the public to enjoy picnicking, hiking, biking, and fishing. No motorized vehicles, camping, or fires is allowed.

Address: 7161 U.S. Hwy 431, South Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
Acres: 552.35
Type: Park
Info: Part of the North Alabama Birding Trail and has 10 miles of hiking and riding trails, a picnic area, fishing, nature trails with maps, and a natural playground. Connects to Big Cove Creek Greenway and Flint River Greenway.

Address: 360A Harvestwood Court Huntsville, AL 35758
Acres: 61.68
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Paved trail (Two segments with plans to connect: South – 2.95 miles; North – 0.82 miles) with walking, jogging, bicycling, and rollerblading allowed. Pets allowed on a leash. Parking is available at trail heads located on Old Madison Pike and Creekwood Park.

Address: 2305 Airport Road Huntsville, AL 35805
Acres: 432
Type: Park
Info: Large park offering 25 soccer fields, 3 baseball and 1 softball fields, and 1 multipurpose field. Park also offers a playground, 12 pavilions, concessions and restrooms. Cross country running park entrance is past Tennis Center. Offers 3 mile running trail, outdoor exercise equipment, and restrooms.

Address: 8324 Madison Pike Madison, AL 35758
Type: Park
Info: Large Community playground project with pavillion and picnic tables. Located in Madison’s Dublin Park.

Address: 2010 Airport Road Huntsville, AL 35801
Type: Park
Info: Large community playground project with pavillion and restrooms. Pavillion can be reserved for a fee through the Brahan Spring Recreation Center.

Address: 261 Old Highway 431 Huntsville, AL 35763
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: 5.04 mile trail that connects Big Cove Creek greenway north to the Flint River in Southeast Huntsville. The greenway travels along Little Cove Road. Parking is available at trail head located on Old Highway 431

at Hampton Cove Elementary

Address: 5000 Nature Trail Road Huntsville, AL 35803
Acres: 72
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: 72 acre park located atop Green Mountain in southeast Huntsville. Open free to the public each day from seven in the morning until thirty minutes prior to sunset, your convenient escape from urban life encompasses Sky Lake, a 1.5 mile walking trail, pavilion, chapel, picnic tables, covered bridge, and accessible restrooms.

Address: 1351 Mcclung Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 8.64
Type: Park
Info: Park offers playground and pavillion. Parking is on Newport Drive, just east of Maple Hill Cemetery off McClung Avenue.

Address: Mill Creek Dog Park North of Mill and Balch Road intersection
Acres: 1.43
Type: Park and Greenway
Info: 1.43 acre fenced park is located along the Mill Creek Greenway, just North of Mill and Balch Road intersection. The park is divided into three separate areas: a staging area at the entrance of the park allowing owners to unleash their pet before allowing them to enter the play areas,an area for smaller doges weighing 25 pounds or less, and one designated for larger dogs weighing over 25 pounds.

Address: 2760 Bankhead Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 1107
Type: Greenway/Trail, Park
Info: The wooded slopes of the Land Trust of North Alabama’s Monte Sano Nature Preserve create the scenic backdrop for the city of Huntsville. 1,107 acres and 20.3 miles of public trails offer opportunities for hiking, biking, environmental education, bird watching, picnicking, and reflection. The variety of trail difficulty – from easy to very difficult – appeals to all ages and abilities. The Monte Sano Nature Preserve is one of three Land Trust Preserves that are each larger than Central Park and are all within Huntsville city limits.

Huntsville/Madison County’s mountains form the final segment of the Great Appalachian chain and provide some of the southernmost habitats of broadleaf hardwoods such as the Sugar Maple. Monte Sano is home to several plant species important to the study of ecosystem stability referred to by scientists as “relics,” because they provide clues to the climate of periods hundreds of thousands of years ago. Some of these species include the American Smoketree (Chittamwood), Morefield’s Leather Flower, Price’s Potato Bean, and Cumberland Rosinweed.

Volunteers have created and maintain a multi-use trail system (hiking, mountain biking, running) and motorized vehicles are not allowed. The Preserve’s 28 named trails include a Rails-to-Trails designee (Old Railroad Bed Trail); a regional birdwatcher favorite (Fagan Creek Trail where over 150 species of birds, 70 of which are uncommon, have been sighted); an historic Civil War landmark (Trough Springs Trail); a former limestone quarry named Three Caves which has been the set for several movies; the purported route of the James Gang’s 1883 daring escape following a downtown Huntsville bank robbery; the “killer” part of Alabama’s “Toughest Trail Run” – the Mountain Mist 50K; and spring wildflower mecca (Wildflower Trail along Fagan Creek).

The Land Trust offers environmental outreach programs on this Preserve. Seasonal hikes and events offer a gateway to use and direct enjoyment of Land Trust properties, increasing probability of self-initiated usage. Environmental education events on the trails help foster appreciation of nature and the need to preserve the places we love. This is vital in raising the next generation of land preservation activists.

Other organized groups such as the Sierra Club, Wildflower Society, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), classes from Alabama A&M University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and homeschool and Scout groups are but a few who consistently use these trails that are open to the public.

The Preserve’s trails are also connected to Huntsville’s greenways as portions of the Big Spring, Chapman Mountain, and Spacewalk Section I Greenways. Partnerships with the city of Huntsville, the Monte Sano State Park, and Alabama’s Forever Wild have helped create a trail system that attracts residents and visitors alike.

Address: 5105 Nolen Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 2140
Type: Greenway/Trail, Park
Info: 2,140 acre mountaintop retreat with playground and multipurpose field, hiking and mountain biking trails, scenic overlooks, picnic areas, rustic cottages and modern campsites. Park also offers disc golf course.

Address: 703 Oakwood Avenue Northeast
Huntsville, AL 35811
Acres: 8.5
Type: Park
Info: Park offers baseball field, quarter mile looped walking trail, a large pavilion, and 4 smaller pavilions. Park also offers a large playground and large free play areas.

Address: 574 Palmer Road Madison, AL, 35758
Type: Park
Info: 13 baseball and 6 softball fields, 2 football fields, 6 soccer fields, batting cages, and concessions. Park also offers ADA accessible playground, pavillions and restrooms

Address: 233-245 Stoneway Trail Madison, AL 35763
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Five trails atop Rainbow Mountain include walking trail only, no bikes. The trails are steep in several places. Gravel parking lot is maintained by the Land Trust of Huntsville and features an education kiosk. The trails are owned by the city of Madison.

Directions:
West on Hwy. 72 (UniversityDrive); left onto Hughes Road; left onto Thomas Road (app. 1.2 miles); left onto Concord; right onto Stoneway Trail up mountain; right at T intersection (still on Stoneway Trail) to water tower at the top (app. .6 mile).

Address: 783 Coleman Road New Market, AL 35761
Acres: 250
Type: Park
Info: Forested park with 12 acre fishing lake, olympic size swimming pool, campground facilities, picnic shelters and pavilions, playground, shooting range, arena and soccer fields and marked 5k walking/ running course.

Info: The Singing River Trail is a vision for a long-distance trail in North Alabama that connects our communities, provides active-living opportunities for residents, and spurs further economic development for the region.

The Land Use Committee of Launch 2035, formed of representatives from federal, state, county, municipal, and private agencies, developed the Singing River Trail Master Plan over the course of a 15-month period from March 2018-July 2019. The Master Plan is a guidance document for implementing the Singing River Trail. Already, portions of the Trail are being constructed. We need your help to keep this momentum going! Please see our interactive storymap to learn more!

Address: 200 Cleveland Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801
Acres: 0.66
Type: Park
Info: Alabama’s first public skatepark

Address: Off Chaney Thompson Road
Next to Aldridge Creek Huntsville, AL
Acres: 52
Type: Park
Info: Large park with playground, pavilion, 9-acre dog park and disc golf.

Address: 293 Ditto Landing Road Huntsville, AL 35803
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Connects to the Aldridge Creek Greenway at Ditto Landing in South Huntsville and adds an additional 0.93 miles of walking and biking trails than run along the Tennessee River. This greenway connects Ditto Landing to the Madison County Marina. Parking is available at Ditto Landing.

Address: 901 Kennamer Dr SE Huntsville, AL 35801
Type: Greenway/Trail

Address: 1999 Monte Sano Blvd. SE Huntsville, AL, 35801
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: Alabama History Preserved: Hiking the Trough Springs Trail is a visit to an historic Madison County landmark. It is the site of the surrender of Lt. Col. “Bushwhacker” Johnston and 150 Confederate soldiers to Union troops one month after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

The Trough Springs Trail is a partnership between the Monte Sano State Park, Burritt on the Mountain Museum, and the Land Trust of North Alabama.

From Governor’s Drive, turn onto Monte Sano Blvd. Trailhead parking lot is on the right, across the boulevard from Burritt on the Mountain entrance.

Address: 200 Monroe Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Type: Park
Info: Greenspace in downtown Huntsville. Park has a fountain, memorial with inscribed pavers, and park benches. Dedicated to Veteran’s of Madison County. Formerly called Gateway Park.

Address: 9500 Spragins Hollow Road Huntsville, AL 35810
Acres: 843
Type: Greenway/Trail, Park
Info: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is currently 843 acres with 8 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or riding. (Note: Wade Mountain is the *only* Land Trust Preserve upon which horses are allowed.) A National Recreation Trails grant was awarded in the late 90’s and used for trailhead construction.

The geology of Wade Mountain influences the area’s microclimate which may be considered almost semi-arid. The land is steep and is composed primarily of highly eroded limestone capped by a layer of sandy soil (Hartselle Sandstone). Water drains the area quickly, leaving little for the plants. 
Therefore, the variety of plants is somewhat different from those typical of the area and most are smaller than normal. The white ash, cedar, hickory, and scrub glade supports unique species, including wild turkeys.

As in most karst topography, there are numerous small but unusual sinkholes and solution cavities. Six springs, four of them intermittent or wet weather springs, flow from the limestone cavities, and there are two waterfalls. Wade Mountain and its springs are the headwaters of Pinhook Creek, which feeds into Huntsville Spring Branch in the heart of Huntsville. Six caves are known on the Preserve.

The Preserve includes the Devil’s Race Track, a significant geologic feature is located on the eastern lobe and which has one of the best views of north Huntsville, with views to Tennessee on a clear day. This feature is a rock outcropping of Monteagle limestone, is level, and generally covered with grasses and wildflowers. The weathering of the underlying limestone releases numerous Mississippian fossils characteristic of a shallow reef environment. Folklore claims the Cherokee Indians raced horses atop the mountain.

The trail system was created by and is maintained by volunteers. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, located a few miles from the western Pulaski Pike trailhead, is but one of several corporations who encourage employees to volunteer time for Trail Care Crew workdays.

The Land Trust offers environmental outreach programs on this Preserve. Seasonal hikes and events offer a gateway to use and direct enjoyment of Land Trust properties, increasing probability of self-initiated usage. Environmental education events on the trails help foster appreciation of nature and the need to preserve the places we love. This is vital in raising the next generation of land preservation activists.

On the western side, the city of Huntsville’s Dry Creek Greenway off Pulaski Pike and Toyota’s Community Pavilion for Environmental Education help the trailhead make a smooth connection between concrete greenway and the Preserve’s natural trails. The trail system is also an integral part of the city’s Pinhook Creek Section II Greenway.

Address: 500 Cleermont Drive Southeast Huntsville, AL 35801
Type: Greenway/Trail
Info: One of the most beloved areas for families…The Land Trust’s Wildflower Trail with Cleermont parking area:
Spring is at it’s finest here with wildflowers along Fagan Creek. Benches allow for rest and contemplation.

From Governor’s Drive, drive north on California (by Huntsville Hospital East; right onto Hermitage Drive. Continue east 9/10 of a mile and turn left on Cleermont. Parking lot is on left at the end of Cleermont. (Access to Wildflower, Fagan Springs, Wagon, and Alms House Trails.)

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