“A fun hike from the bottom to the top of Blevins Gap Preserve.”
— Timothy Walters
Trails are officially open dawn to dusk.
This is a hill training route designed to max out the elevation gain on this trail system. It is used by a local known for rocking jorts. Maybe you'll see him up here!
Features: Views — Wildlife
Need to Know
There is limited parallel parking on the street at this trailhead. The north side of the street has no driveways, and there are three driveways on the south side that should never be blocked by trail users (without homeowner permission).
The northern trailhead (on Cecil Ashburn Dr) has plenty of dedicated parking.
If you continue on to West Bluff Trail
from Bill and Marion Certain Trail
there are some spectacular views of Huntsville and the Tennessee River.
This is a gradual climb up the west flank of Green Mountain on Smoke Rise Trail
in the Blevins Gap
Preserve, and a fun bomb of a downhill returning to the trailhead via Sugar Tree Trail
. Sugar Tree is pretty rocky in places, as is the top of Smoke Rise Trail
rise before you pick up Lowery Trail
to continue the ascent to the top.
Smoke Rise Trail
can get a little muddy if it has rained recently.
Once you've gone up and had a stretch at the Namaste bench on Bill and Marion Certain Trail
, start your descent and watch for the old cars on Sugar Tree Trail
! The myth is that they were deposited here by a tornado decades ago.
Flora & Fauna
Watch for wildlife! Box Turtles, armadillos, king snakes, and timber rattlesnakes are all pretty common, especially when it is warmer.
Be aware of poison Ivy and check for ticks when you get off the trail.