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A fun trail with that features a Civil War era cistern, stone cuts and fun, muddy trails.

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Point to Point

1,469' 448 m


990' 302 m


350' 107 m


753' 230 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (21°)

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


Arrowhead trail runs from the Land Trust parking lot off of Monte Sano weaving in and out of Natural Well. Compared to other trails in Monte Sano State Park it is not as rocky most.

The trail starts out with a slight climb and downhill for the first of a mile at the peak of which you are right above a wash out that has destroyed a big chunk of the Natural Well Trail.

There are some rocky points between the start and the first intersection of with Natural Well but nothing too bad. You do cross two small wooden bridges before you reach some cool stone cuts at about a mile in.

From there you cross Natural Well and head south toward the Big Cat Tract on a steady decline. Here just after the 2-mile mark there is a slight jaunt you can take to an old civil war cistern on the Arrowhead: Historic Cistern Trail. This section has a few rocky places but nothing too difficult.

Next up is the Big Cat Creek Tract. Here you dip down to the lowest part of the trail and loop around some nice rock formations before heading back north. The loop back up around Big Cat Creek Tract is a rocky technical part of the trail that can be difficult if you are coming at it from the south. If you are not feeling up to it, there is Big Cat Tract Hill Bypass that you can take to avoid this spot.

From here to the next intersection with Natural Well (at 4.25 miles) is easier. The only thing that may slow you down is mud that can be present during and after periods of heavier rain.

The last part of Arrowhead features two more wooden bridges, the first of which needs a few boards replaced. Those bridges book-end a short, strong incline before heading back down where the trail merges into Natural Well.

Check out this article on the Arrowhead Trail for more info.

Flora & Fauna

Along the trail, you can spot various wildflowers depending on the season. You may also see squirrels, various birds, whitetail deer, snakes, lizard, and I even spotted a turtle on the trail.


Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

Shared By:

Luke Brisk

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Stream on Natural Well
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Massive rocks outcrop near the intersection of Arrowhead Trail and Natural Well.
Mar 19, 2017 near Huntsville, AL
Creek bed crossing on the Arrowhead Trail
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Through the rocks you must go on the Arrowhead Trail.
Mar 19, 2017 near Huntsville, AL
Stone cuts near the begining of Arrowhead
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
The trail is smooth and clear near the parking lot.
Mar 19, 2017 near Huntsville, AL



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Mar 13, 2021
Julia Rushing
Oct 11, 2019
Steve Vacula Jr
Arrowhead to Natural Well Loop 7.7mi
May 27, 2019
Julio Laris
Apr 12, 2019
Chandler Phillips
Jan 26, 2019
Seth Christopher
Jan 26, 2019
Jason Walton
Good bouldering area about a mile in from Land Trust parking lot. 2mi
Dec 10, 2017
Jeffrey Pruitt
Sep 10, 2017
Chris Stroh
With natural well trail 4.7mi

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