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Natural Well

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2.6 Miles 4.2 Kilometers

289' 88 m


-657' -200 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (21°)

1,483' 452 m


884' 269 m


Shared By Luke Brisk


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

Luke Brisk

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


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.


Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

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I hiked Natural Well Trail from the Land Trust Trailhead to Natural Well. I then back hiked to the intersection with Arrowhead and took that trail back to the parking lot. The round trip took right at 2 hours, and that was with taking a short break to look at the well. It is very impressive and well worth the hike. The washout is tricky and could be a great habitat for snakes. If you want an alternate route, the arrowhead trail goes above the washout. May 26, 2016

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