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“Nice Place for an easy hike”

Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain
Ranked #6 of 76 things to do in Huntsville
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Owner description: Madison County Nature Trail The Madison County Nature Trail was constructed beginning in 1974 with completion in 1975. The construction was financed jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Madison County Commission. It has been noted that the Chairman, James Record, had a special love for nature and the environment and was instrumental in the building of the Nature Trail. The Nature Trail is a Park for all seasons containing 72 acres which rests above the surrounding communities atop Green Mountain in southeast Huntsville. The Park is open free to the public each day from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes prior to sunset, closing only on Christmas Day and New Years Day, or during inclement weather. Sky Lake which consists of 17 acres of mountain water is encompassed by a 1 ½ mile trail. Other facilities include an open air pavilion, a-frame chapel, outdoor classroom, covered bridge, picnic area and accessible restrooms. Use of the Pavilion and Chapel are provided by reservation with all other areas of the Park used on a first come first served basis. Fishing is provided for children less than 16 years of age or seniors over 60. A fishing fee is charged and fishing is allowed Monday through Friday only. Since the construction of the Nature Trail, renovations consisting of trail improvements and restroom improvements were completed in 1998. Funding was provided by a National Recreational Trails Grant provided through the Alabama Department of Economic and community Affairs. In 2012 a grant was also obtained providing for a new waterfall pump and accessories. There have also been several projects improving the facilities, many of which have been accomplished through volunteers such as Boy Scouts earning various merits up to and including Eagle Scout. The Nature Trail is funded by the Madison County Commission. It is operated by a Park Manager (Bobby Cobb), Park Maintenance Worker, and two Part Time Park Attendants. During open hours there is always one employee present for safety and security reasons. The Nature Trail is recognized as a Treasure Forest by the Alabama Forestry Commission. It is also considered a Wildlife Sanctuary. The entire Park although owned and operated by the Madison County Commission lies within the city limits of the City of Huntsville. Bobby Cobb / Park Manager
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Nature tail is delightful to walk and the covered bridge is fun... Lots of trees and is family friendly

Thank Linda F
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is one of my favorite trails to take the dogs since there are places they can get in the water. The trail around the lake takes about one hour and is an easy hike with wide, level paths. There are several attractions around this trail such as an old still, a chapel, and an old log cabin. There is a covered bridge and one can see turtles, ducks, and other wild life from the bridge, along with beautiful views of the lake. There are several other trails such that one could spend most of a day hiking. There is a large pavilion with restrooms and picnic tables. It is a great place for a large event. There are also picnic tables and benches outside the pavilion with views of the lake. It is slightly cooler here than in the valley due to the elevation and there is complete shade from the tree canopy.

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Great place for couples or families. Our Son got his engagement pictures taken there. I recommend for everyone.

3  Thank Lynn30620
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The nature trail is a beautiful, easy walk. It has a nice covered bridge, old homestead and little church all tucked away on the trail. It is beautiful antytime of the year! It also has a large picnic area and everything is shaded in the area!

Thank hsv2328
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a great place to spend an afternoon watching nature. They have picnic grounds, covered and uncovered, a small waterfall, an old log cabin and outdoor chapel that is very tiny but cute. The walking trail is nice and the covered bridge is a great place to take pictures. Just a really nice place.

Thank John N
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