Guided Hikes & Adventures
We offer guided hike opportunities throughout the year to explore and learn about nature. These FREE events offer natural beauty and exercise for all ages and skill levels but donations to help preserve green space are accepted!
RESERVATION IS REQUIRED. Registration opens at the beginning of the month. Land Trust members get priority registration. Not a member? Join today! Space is limited to ensure quality and safety. There is no waitlist. If spots become available we’ll reopen the registration link.
You don’t need fancy equipment! However, we do recommend:
- long pants and comfortable shoes with good tread
- bottled water
- hiking sticks
- trail snacks
- a camera to capture the experience
- dogs welcome, but must be on leads.
In case of rain, hikes may be cancelled. All registered participants will be notified of cancellation via the email address provided. For additional information, please call 256-534-5263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM.
Our guided hike schedule is released at the beginning of each month.
27th Annual Thanksgiving Day Hike
Thursday, November 24 from 9 AM – 12 PM
(3 hours / Moderate / 4 miles) Join us for a Thanksgiving Day tradition! Get ready for your Thanksgiving feast by starting the morning off with a Monte Sano hike led by Land Trust volunteers and staff. We’ll start out at Bankhead Trailhead and work our way down the mountain to Three Caves on Alms House Trail. Please note this hike does not end at the starting location. Plan to hike back to Bankhead Trailhead or arrange to leave a car at Three Caves Trailhead so you can carpool back to the starting location. This is a popular hike and parking is limited.
Starting Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801
Ending Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Three Caves Trailhead) – 901 Kennamer Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Please NOTE: This hike has been cancelled due to trail conditions. Hikers who have registered will receive an email letting you know if we’re able to reschedule the event. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we also want to keep our trails in great shape!
Sunday, November 27 from 2-4 PM
(Easy/2 hours/2 miles) Join local forager Casey Lanier for an educational hike about the basic rules of foraging. Learn about fall wild edible plants found in this area as you explore Land Trust trails.
Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (Fanning Trailhead) – 2275 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35802
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Wade Mountain – Pulaski
Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM – 2:30 PM
(Very Difficult / 5 hours / 7.5 miles) This is our longest hike of the year, and there is nearly 700 feet of elevation gain on this hike. As such, it is rated very difficult. We’ll start along the Wade Mountain Greenway off of Pulaski Pike and up Wade Mountain Greenway Trail. After just a short distance, we’ll loop on the Cotton Valley Trail before getting back on the Wade Mountain Greenway Trail. Next, we’ll take Fossil Bench Trail to Bostick Trail to Wade Mountain Trail and make our ascent. We’ll come down the east side of the mountain and continue onto Devils Race Track Trail before descending to the Spragins Hollow Trailhead.
Participants will be contacted in advance to coordinate carpooling if needed since this is a through-hike. Please bring plenty of water as well as any equipment such as trekking poles that you feel is necessary.
Starting Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Pulaski Pike Trailhead) – 6946 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Ending Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Blevins Gap South
Sunday, December 11 from 1-4 PM
(Difficult / 3 hours / 4.1 miles) Follow our series of guided hikes throughout the entire year as we cover all of the Land Trust’s public trails! We’ll start with the easiest routes and increase our difficulty and distance along the way. For this hike, we’ll start on Smokerise Trail for just a short distance before turning onto Lowery Trail. From the end of the Lowery, we’ll take Sugar Tree Trail to Varnadoe Trail and head south. After climbing the end of the Varnadoe, we’ll return to the parking lot via Bill and Marion Certain Trail and West Bluff Trail with some stops to enjoy valley views along the way. This hike involves a strenuous climb at the end of Varnadoe Trail.
Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve – 3470 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35802
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Families with young children (ages 18 months to 5 years) are invited to attend these nature discovery events designed to inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. Through the sharing of stories, songs, and art, each playful exploration engages both adults and children as we make new discoveries about the plants and animals in this beautiful forest habitat. Because we believe that we protect the places that we love, we hope to inspire young children to feel a friendly, respectful connection to nature – forming a foundation for curiosity and enjoyment to last a lifetime. Families are welcome to stay after the event to enjoy a picnic from home.
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December 19-30 – Check back as hikes hit the schedule!
It’s the time of the year when it’s nice to just get out and stretch your legs on a short walk! Watch our social media and website for hikes to be posted during the last two weeks of December. The dates, times, and locations of these hikes will be determined by the weather and hike leader preference, but look for a variety of opportunities to get out on the trail with a group!
Check back here or follow us on social media for hike announcements.
Self Guided Trail Tours
Explore a self-guided trail tour from the list below.
- Hike the Land Trust! – Discover ALL 70+ miles of #landtrustnal adventure! Take on the challenge at your own pace or follow our Hike the Land Trust guided hike series throughout 2022 as we lead the way to help you cover ALL Land Trust public trails!
- FREE Audio Trail Tour of Monte Sano Nature Preserve’s Old Railroad Bed Trail available in the TravelStorys app
- Waterline Trail (Monte Sano Nature Preserve)
- Trough Spring (Monte Sano Nature Preserve)
- Wildflower Trail (Monte Sano Nature Preserve)
- Exploring Green Mountain’s Upper Trails (Green Mountain Nature Preserve)
- Alum Hollow Trail (Green Mountain Nature Preserve)
- #HugaTreeLT Challenge