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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain
Ranked #6 of 74 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 13 October 2013

This is a must do when going to Huntsville. So peaceful and beautiful. Trails are well kept. Wish we had brought some bread for the geese. The whole family really enjoyed it.

2  Thank Rachel K
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We enjoy visiting as many tripadvisor attractions in an area as possible. The Madison County Nature Trail is tucked away atop Green Mountain in Huntsville and was a 30 minute drive from our home in Madison CIty so we decided to run the trail. We expected it to be nice and were surprised to find so many breathtaking scenes. My run was halted on a dozen occasions because I just had to stop and photograph one thing or another that was postcard scenic. Even the parking lot is landscaped and well maintained. You get the impression of reporting for summer camp when you drive through the curved arch. A giant map greets you depicting the major trails and points of interest as you walk in. There are over 2 miles of major trails that are novice friendly and even more for those who like to go off script like I did. Fall is particularly nice and seeing the foliage reflected off the small lake from a pier mounted bench will relax you into serenity. Senior citizens and children are allowed to fish here for a small fee and should have pretty good luck as I saw quite a few during my hour visit. The trail varies from a short gravel stretch to wooden bridges but is predominantly earth. There are some steep inclines and descents but not so much that a beginner couldn't accomplish it. Throughout the trail you will come across a wooden covered bridge, cabin, chapel and streams. My fear of snakes kept me alert but I saw none while I was there. If nature calls during your visit, fear not, there are clean restrooms available at the main pavilion just inside the park. I will certainly return and recommend that all nature loving locals and visitors take an hour or two to visit.

4  Thank kkibby43
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

My son and I visited the Nature trail this past weekend. It is so beautiful!!! This is a part of Huntsville that I didn't realize was there. Its not a long walk out to the covered bridge which sits beautifully overlooking the lake!! I didn't have a long time to visit but I probably stayed just over an hour. I would recommend spending more time to hike the trails there.

2  Thank Lori W
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We looked online for a good trail to go for a walk and saw this nature trail. We were not disappointed. You arrive on top of the mountain (which allows you to see the great views around you) you find this welcoming park. It has a nice little welcome center, good restroom facilities, nice picnic areas with views of the 17 acre lake and a wonderfully laid out trail system. This is such a picturesque place with benches along the trail to sit and enjoy the views. In the fall, this area would be a "must go to" place. If you are in the Huntsville area, stop by and enjoy a stroll around this little gem of Madison County.

3  Thank grgparker
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

For amateur photographers like us, this nature trail is ideal in all seasons- isolated and peaceful. Check it out!

1  Thank Judy G
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