Outdoor Adventures

Natural beauty and exercise for the entire family!

Guided Hikes & Outdoor Adventures

Our Guided Hike & Outdoor Adventure Series is offered each Spring and Fall. The Spring schedule is announced in February and the Fall schedule comes out in September. These FREE hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family but donations to help preserve green space are accepted! RESERVATION IS REQUIRED for guided hikes. Sign up at the link below each hike listing. Space is limited to ensure quality and safety. We intentionally overbook to account for cancellations so we do not keep a waitlist. If several spots do become available though, we’ll reopen the registration link on this page.

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.

Please register by 5 PM on Friday before weekend hikes. In case of rain, hikes may be cancelled. Please verify cancellation here or on our Facebook Page. For additional information, please call 256-534-5263 or email questions@landtrustnal.org. Our office is closed on Saturday & Sunday.

Priority registration for Land Trust members only begins Friday, February 15. Registration opens to the public on Friday, February 22 at 9 AM.

2019 Spring Hike & Adventure Series

Saturday, April 20 at 9 AM
Blevins Gap Wilderness Photography with Jim Kendall
2 hours / Moderate / 2 miles

Blevins Gap Nature Preserve offers a beautiful collection of rock formations, streams, waterfalls, and wildlife. After a morning with photographer Jim Kendall, you’ll have some great insight on the best lenses, lighting, and angles needed to perfectly capture the beauty of one of Huntsville’s favorite nature preserves.

Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (Fanning Trailhead) – 2275 Cecil Ashburn Drive (behind SE Church of the Nazarene), Huntsville, AL 35802

Sign Up for this Hike!


Saturday, April 27 at 9 AM
Talus Trail to Alum Cave with Mike Dalen
3 hours / Difficult /5 miles

Explore nearly all of Green Mountain Nature Preserve including the over 3 miles of recently added trails with Land Trust Board Member Mike Dalen. This hike is rated difficult due to steep elevation changes and rocky trails, but the sights and features you’ll discover along the way are worth it!

Location: Green Mountain Nature Preserve (Alum Hollow Trailhead) – 13800 South Shawdee Road, Huntsville, AL 35803

Sign Up for this Hike!


Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM
Tree Identification with Callie Schweitzer Blevins Gap
2 hours/ Moderate to Difficult (due to elevation changes) / 1.5 miles

Our newest trails on Blevins Gap have a variety of trees to explore! Sweetgum? Chittamwood? Maple? You’ll know the difference after an afternoon learning how to identify some of our native species with Forester Callie Schweitzer.

Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (Walsingham Trailhead) – From Cecil Ashburn headed east toward Hampton Cove, turn left at Donegal Drive then left onto Walsingham. Park on left side of the road near the trailhead. 

***This hike has reached capacity. Registration is closed.***


Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM
Members-Only iNaturalist Hike at Bethel Spring
3 hours/ Moderate to Difficult / 2 miles

Join local wildlife experts at Bethel Spring (future public nature preserve) for a hike to the Lost Sink Falls and an introduction to iNaturalist – a citizen science app – along the way. iNaturalist allows you to identify and document flora and fauna as you observe it in nature.  The Land Trust is using iNaturalist in the effort to inventory the incredibly varied species residing on our properties. Come out for a tutorial and help us discover and document all of the amazing plants and animals that call the Land Trust home. No plant identification skills required – just bring your smart phone!

Location: Bethel Spring Nature Preserve – directions provided to registered participants 

***This hike has reached capacity. Registration is closed.***


*CANCELLED due to weather* NEW Date Coming Soon!
Friday, April 12 at 6:30 PM

Members-Only Stargazing at Bethel Spring
3 hours

Much of nature’s beauty can be enjoyed at night! Join the Land Trust of North Alabama and Von Braun Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing at our next public nature preserve: Bethel Spring. Far from city lights and perfectly timed for the first quarter moon, we’ll appreciate a starry view of the dark skies above with guidance and information from VBAS Board Member Don Martin. Bag chairs recommended.

Location: Bethel Spring Nature Preserve – directions provided to registered participants 


*CANCELLED due to weather.* NEW Date Coming Soon!
Saturday, April 13 at 1 PM
Members-Only Beer Tasting with Straight to Ale
2.5 hours / Moderate / 1.75 miles

Few things pair well together like beer and hiking. Join us on Devil’s Race Track at Wade Mountain Nature Preserve while we sample some of Straight to Ale’s seasonal beers (including one specially brewed for the Land Trust!) and learn about the brewing process. Ages 21+ only.


*CANCELLED due to weather.* NEW Date Coming Soon!
Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM

Wade Mountain Plant ID with Lynne Weninegar
2 hours / Easy to Moderate / 2.5 miles

Enjoy the sights of spring on Wade Mountain as botanist Lynne Weninegar points out how warmer temperatures affect the many beautiful plant species native to this semi-arid microclimate.

Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow Road Trailhead) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road, Huntsville, AL 35810


RESERVATION IS REQUIRED for guided hikes. Priority registration for Land Trust members only beginning Friday, February 15. Registration opens to the public on Friday, February 22 at 9 AM. Please register by 5 PM on Friday before weekend hikes.

Our office is closed on Saturday & Sunday. Please call 256-534-5263 or email questions@landtrustnal.org if you have questions or need additional information.