Outdoor Adventures

Natural beauty and exercise for the entire family!

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. We intentionally overbook to account for cancellations but 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 questions@landtrustnal.org. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM.


Upcoming Hikes

Our guided hike schedule is released at the beginning of each month.

Members-only Wilderness Skills Campout
May 14-15 from 12 PM – 12 PM

Any day hike could turn into an unexpected night in the woods. Carrying what are known as the “ten essentials” in any daypack can improve survival and general comfort outdoors. Students will be provided an expanded and detailed packing list to better teach skills and provide greater comfort for a known overnight during this campout at a Land Trust conservation property along Limestone Creek. Ages 12+.

Cost: $75 per person, Land Trust members only
Not a Land Trust member? Join Today! Simply add a membership to your registration or join at landtrustnal.org/join.

Location: Matthews Nature Preserve – This is a closed Land Trust property in Limestone County. Directions will be provided to participants following registration.

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Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Chapman Mountain
Saturday, May 14 from 9 AM – 12 PM

(Moderate / 3 hours / 4.5 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. This hike hits all 7 trails that are part of the current Chapman Mountain trail system. We’ll begin on Driskel at the disc golf course. Take a quick loop around Chasco Trail, before completing the rest of Driskel. From there a short piece of Moonshine Trail connects to Terry Trail. You’ll pass Mossy Falls before reaching the start of recently completed Bulldog Trail. This 1.5 mile loop ends a little further uphill from where you began along Terry Trail. From there, a stroll through the trees brings you to Whole Planet Trail, take a short out and back detour on Amphitheater Trail, then return to the trailhead via Whole Planet and Moonshine alongside a little wet-weather creek.

Location: Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 1263 U.S Hwy 72 East, Huntsville, AL 35811

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Hike-a-Hound at Green Mountain
Sunday, May 15 from 1 – 3 PM

(2 hours / Moderate / 3 miles) This hike is for the dogs! Bring your own pup or test hike a new family addition with the Greater Huntsville Human Society.  GHHS will be onsite with some very loveable, adoptable dogs. You’ll have opportunity to meet them and head out on one of our most popular hikes – Alum Hollow Trail. This is a great social opportunity for all dogs!

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

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Injury Prevention for Hikers
Saturday, May 21 at 10 AM

Learn how to best avoid injuries while hiking or backpacking from Physical Therapist Phillip Sloan. See demonstrations of exercises that can help prepare you for outdoor adventures and ask questions!

Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Pavilion) – 2442 Bankhead Pkwy NE, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Monte Sano – High Trail
Sunday, May 22 from 12 – 4:30 PM

(Moderate / 4.5 hours / 6.9 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. This hike will begin at one end of Monte Sano Nature Preserve and end at the other. Start from Bankhead Trailhead taking Tollgate Trail to Dummy Line and then High Trail. You’ll follow the entire 3+ mile length of High Trail with one short detour to explore Hotel Basin Trail. High Trail ends at our South Monte Sano Trailhead. From there, you’ll hike down to historic Trough Spring along Trough Spring and Bushwhacker Johnston Trails and return back to South Monte Sano Trailhead. This is one of our longer hikes in the Hike the Land Trust series and does include some areas of elevation changes, particularly around Trough Spring.

Please note this hike will end at a different trailhead from where we start so we recommend planning to come with a hiking buddy so you can leave a car at the ending location. Transportation is not provided.

Starting Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Pkwy NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Ending Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (South Monte Sano Trailhead) – 1970 Monte Sano Blvd SE, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Forest Friends
Friday, May 27 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Families with young children (ages 18 months to 5 years) can become Forest Friends through this series of nature discovery events designed to encourage a sense of wonder about the natural world. Through the sharing of stories and songs and the creation of 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. Each program will take place at Bethel Spring Nature Preserve. Families are welcome to stay and enjoy Bethel Spring after the event with a picnic from home.

Location: Bethel Spring Nature Preserve – 2641 Cherry Tree Road, Gurley, AL 35748

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Self Guided Trail Tours

Explore a self-guided trail tour from the list below.