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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain

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Address: 5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
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+1 256-883-9501
07:00 - 17:30
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Madison County Nature Trail

The Madison County Nature Trail was constructed...

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

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Peaceful and Beautiful Nature Trail

I've been to the Madison County Nature Trail a number of times over the past 30 years or so, and it's always a pleasure. Unspoiled nature, more than one (relatively) clearly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to the Madison County Nature Trail a number of times over the past 30 years or so, and it's always a pleasure. Unspoiled nature, more than one (relatively) clearly marked paths to take, no crowds, unless you've chosen a Scout or club outing. It's a highlight of Huntsville's charms.

Thank shogenjim
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We enjoy this park any time of year. The covered bridge is a huge draw, as is the beautiful pond. Lve to go in the fall and enjoy the color!

Thank Sondra L
Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I planned a meet up there, we walked the trial, enjoyed looking at the church, and inside the cabin. We enjoyed crossing over the big covered bridge. It was cold so we didn't do a picnic lunch near the lake.

Thank Debra C
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

I live on Green Mountain and have visited this park weekly for the last 27 years. Trails are well maintained, picnic area is very nice. Many photographers come here to do outdoor family portraits. The covered bridge is iconic.

Thank Greg T
Navarre, Florida
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We went cause it says there are tons of birds. We only saw 6 geese. It was a neat mile and half easy hike. Seeing the coverage bridge, cabin, church etc...was cool. The lake is pretty. The only thing I didnt like was all the DOGS there that people brought.

Thank Lori N
Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

I've been up to the Nature trail a few times, and it's always a nice hike. The trails are about a mile or so in length, and the scenery is always beautiful. Definitely come in the fall when the leaves are turning and bring your camera.

1 Thank Misty D
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Early morning few people are out. It is such a peaceful walk in the woods. Just a couple of friends and me

Thank Mildred5404
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Do you have a quiet afternoon to spend outside? Interested in a being in nature and walking a gentle trail? Do you want to do a family or small group picnic? Do you want to do these things in the middle of a city? If yes, and if you are in Huntsville AL, consider the Madison County Nature Trail on... More 

1 Thank Paulette R
Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Whether you live nearby or are just traveling through this area if you love the outdoors & nature this place is a MUST SEE!!! It is absolutely beautiful! This is not only a peaceful place to go to if you need some peace & quiet but its a great family place for ALL ages as well! I am a photographer... More 

Thank samshiflett
Decatur, Alabama
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a very good place to go and collect your thoughts. It is a nice place to take a walk around the pond. This place has a calming effect on your spirit.

Thank zjrc31

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