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“A wonderful view of nature and American pioneer history”

Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain
Ranked #3 of 79 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 7 September 2017

Easy walking through woods, by historic log cabins and across a covered bridge. There is free fishing for kids and seniors.

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"covered bridge"
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"log cabin"
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"picnic tables"
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"outdoor chapel"
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"beautiful lake"
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"easy hike"
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"free park"
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"great place to take pictures"
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"tree canopy"
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"nice picnic"
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"wedding chapel"
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"pack a lunch"
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"nice walking"
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"peaceful walk"
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"picnic grounds"
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"peaceful place to visit"
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Madison County Nature Trail is located on the west side of Shawdee Road on top of Green Mountain. The drive up is very pleasant and there are a few nice vistas to photograph on top. The park itself is well maintained and clean and has a large parking lot. There is no admission charge, and dogs are allowed. You'll want to bring a leash, water bowl, and clean up kit when you go. The grounds of the trail are situated on 17 acres with a lake and surrounding hiking paths. I think the longer circuit was two and a half miles around the lake, taking you through a covered bridge and past an old log cabin and wedding chapel. I brought my camera and came away with some nice shots. If you are under 16 years or over 60 years of age, you are allowed to fish in the lake Monday thru Friday. There is no swimming or boating allowed in the lake, but they have a really nice picnic area with grills, picnic tables, and a covered eating area. During my last visit there was a family reunion taking place with a pot luck buffet set up on banquet tables. The eating area has vending machines, restrooms, electrical outlets. The Madison County Nature Trail is a beautiful place to exercise and commune with nature. Bring the family and take your dog with you..good times.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

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

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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.

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