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119 mi 191 km of trail 12 Featured Hikes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 33 Trails Intermediate Trails 48 Trails Hard Trails 15 Trails

While Huntsville is one of Alabama's premier cities, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of recreational opportunities for visitors. With many parks spread throughout the city, and maintained trails and playing fields throughout, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature.

Camping & Lodging

All three state parks in the Huntsville area with trail systems also offer lodging options such as primitive camping, cabins, RV campsites, and hotel rooms. Huntsville, Guntersville, and Fort Payne also have a number of hotels, with Huntsville offering the greatest variety.

Other Activities

Other opportunities for recreation include kayaking and canoeing in the Flint River and the Tennessee River, as well as other tributaries to the Tennessee River. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Burritt Museum, and Big Spring Park are three local attractions that visitors won't want to miss.

Gems in Huntsville - 1

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gem Favorite A goat!  Looking down the bluff from Golan Heights. Keith Trail further down the bluff.

Golan Heights - Goats Be There

(2) Huntsville, AL

Featured Hikes in Huntsville - 8

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Favorite Creek Crossing on Smoke Rise Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Blevins Gap

11.2 mi 18.0 km • Loop • 1,581 ft Ascent 481.78 m Ascent

(8) Huntsville, AL
Favorite The old embankment for the 175 foot trestle that use to cross Fagan Creek. The old stone footings are not used to support a trail bridge.
Easy/Intermediate

Old Railroad Bed to Alms House

1.7 mi 2.7 km • Loop • 177 ft Ascent 53.84 m Ascent

(1) Huntsville, AL
Favorite The Balance Rock without a tree on top of it.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rainbow Mountain Run

2.3 mi 3.7 km • Point to Point • 432 ft Ascent 131.75 m Ascent

(15) Madison, AL
Favorite Creek Crossing on Smoke Rise Trail
Intermediate

Jean Shorts Special

4.6 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 755 ft Ascent 230.21 m Ascent

(3) Owens C…, AL
Favorite Main trail is marked with pink ribbon.
Intermediate

Green Mountain Preserve and Buzzard Falls

4.5 mi 7.2 km • Out and Back • 323 ft Ascent 98.48 m Ascent

(5) Owens C…, AL
Favorite Along the Swamp Loop.
Easy

Blackwell Swamp Loop

7.8 mi 12.6 km • Loop • 75 ft Ascent 22.79 m Ascent

(5) Priceville, AL
Favorite Old water pipe from the waterline that give this trail its name.
Intermediate

Monte Sano Preserve Land Trust Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 350 ft Ascent 106.58 m Ascent

(1) Huntsville, AL
Favorite Creek Crossing on Smoke Rise Trail

New Hike

3.1 mi 5.0 km • Loop • 463 ft Ascent 141.05 m Ascent

(0) Owens C…, AL

Trails in Huntsville - 84

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0.8 mi 1.3 km #1Stone Cuts
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
0.8 mi 1.3 km Huntsville, AL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #2Dallas Branch Trail
Easy
Huntsville, AL
Easy
0.4 mi 0.6 km Huntsville, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #3Bill and Marion Certain Trail
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Owens Cross Roads, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #4Varnedoe Trail
Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Difficult
1.7 mi 2.8 km Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #5Spring Trail
Extremely Difficult
Madison, AL
Extremely Difficult
0.4 mi 0.6 km Madison, AL
2.2 mi 3.5 km #6McKay Hollow Trail
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Huntsville, AL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Waterline Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
0.8 mi 1.3 km Huntsville, AL
4.7 mi 7.6 km #8Arrowhead Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
4.7 mi 7.6 km Huntsville, AL
1.5 mi 2.5 km #9Sinks Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Huntsville, AL
2.6 mi 4.2 km #10Natural Well
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
2.6 mi 4.2 km Huntsville, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #11Lost Sinks Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.7 mi 2.8 km Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.3 mi 0.5 km #12Buzzards Roost
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
0.3 mi 0.5 km Huntsville, AL
1.8 mi 2.9 km #13Alms House Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.8 mi 2.9 km Huntsville, AL
1.5 mi 2.5 km #14Rainbow Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Madison, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Madison, AL
0.5 mi 0.7 km #15Wildflower Trail
Intermediate
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.7 km Huntsville, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #16Old Railroad Bed Trail
Intermediate
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Huntsville, AL
2.2 mi 3.5 km #17Fanning Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Huntsville, AL
1.0 mi 1.7 km #18Alum Hollow Trail
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.7 km Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #19Oak Park Trail
Intermediate
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Huntsville, AL
3.0 mi 4.9 km #20Mountain Mist
Intermediate
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.9 km Huntsville, AL

Photos of Huntsville - 193

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The Natural Well:  A very deep cave on Monte Sano
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
View of South Huntsville.  You can see the NASA test stand where the Saturn 5 engines were tested in the 60s and the Tennessee River.
May 4, 2015 near Owens C…, AL
The Balance Rock without a tree on top of it.
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL
The Lost Sinks Waterfall is quite the sight!
May 31, 2017 near Owens C…, AL
Waterfall and rock wall at the start of the East Fork of Pinhook Creek on the Harris Trail.  When dry you can climb around this.
Jul 23, 2015 near Meridia…, AL
Waterfall and rock wall on the Bostick Trail.  When dry you can climb up to the top of it.
Jul 23, 2015 near Meridia…, AL
Remnant of the historic Monte Sano Railway.
May 12, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Creek bed off of Spring Trail
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL

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