Hiking Project Logo

Natural Well

Difficult
 4.3 (7)

This is a challenging trail with a deep cave called the Natural Well.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Point to Point

1,483' 452 m

High

884' 269 m

Low

289' 88 m

Up

657' 200 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

37%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Natural Well is one of the more challenging and rewarding trails on Monte Sano. It runs from the Land Trust parking lot off of Monte Sano Blvd and runs to McKay Hollow intersecting with Arrowhead Trail along the way.

From the parking lot, the trail starts off singletrack and then expands to doubletrack with few rocks and roots to worry about. Then, just before the 1/2-mile mark, you'll come to a huge washout that can be navigated across, but requires you to make your way over downed trees.

As the trail continues on the other side of wash you'll see that this section too has been washed out as well, making it difficult to hike on the original path, but fellow hikers have beaten down the sides of the trail above the wash that is easily navigable.

Around a mile, you reach the 1st intersection with Arrowhead Trail as you continue a slow climb to the high part of the trail at mile 1.5 where you then start your descent into McKay Hollow. At mile 1.75 you'll reach the trail's namesake, the Natural Well. It is a large vertical shaft cave surrounded by fencing to prevent you from falling in.

After the Natural Well the trail gets much more difficult with very steep rocky declines and some washed out portions. Very technical hiking required here. Just before the second intersection with Natural Well Trail there is a beautiful waterfall that you cross twice.

Eventually, you'll reach the McKay Hollow where the trail opens up into a valley near where Arrowhead Trail merge into the trail before a small climb to the end of the trail at McKay Hollow.

For more information please read my write up on Huntsville Outdoors.

Flora & Fauna

Various wildflowers can be seen and plenty of critters including snakes in the summer. Be careful.

Contacts

Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

Shared By:

Luke Brisk

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 7 votes

#7433

Overall
  4.3 from 7 votes
5 Star
57%
4 Star
14%
3 Star
29%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#52

in Alabama

#7,433

Overall
97 Views Last Month
6,005 Since May 18, 2015
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
83%
17%

Photos

The Natural Well:  A very deep cave on Monte Sano
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Natural Well
Nov 6, 2019 near Huntsville, AL
Beautiful creek bed rock formations
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Stone cuts near the begining of Arrowhead
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Massive rocks outcrop near the intersection of Arrowhead Trail and Natural Well.
Mar 19, 2017 near Huntsville, AL
Stream on Natural Well
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 24 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Oct 23, 2019
Jonathan Lizenby
Oct 11, 2019
Steve Vacula Jr
Arrowhead to Natural Well Loop 7.7mi
Apr 12, 2019
Chandler Phillips
Jun 9, 2018
Ben B
2.6mi
Dec 10, 2017
Jeffrey Pruitt
Sep 10, 2017
Chris Stroh
With arrowhead 2.6mi
Mar 11, 2017
Renny Medved
2mi

Stewarded By