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 email@example.com. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM.
Our guided hike schedule is released at the beginning of each month.
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Wade Mountain – Fleming
Saturday, January 22 at 1 PM
(Easy / 2 hours / 3.1 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. This hike will introduce you to a less travelled portion of our Wade Mountain Nature Preserve. Beginning from the Spragins Hollow Trailhead, you’ll walk about a half mile down the road to reach the Fleming Trailhead (no parking at this location). From there you can explore trails designed in partnership with volunteers from NICA and HAMR as an ideal training area of beginner mountain bikers. We’ll take Fleming Trail to NICA Trail for about 1 mile before starting the return hike via Low Peak Trail.
Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow): 10130 Spragins Hollow Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Registration closed. This hike is now full.
Friday, January 28 from 10 – 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
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Monte Sano – Toll Gate
Sunday, January 30 at 1 PM
(Easy/ 2 hours / 2.78 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. Beginning from Bankhead Trailhead, we’ll take a downhill walk on Toll Gate Trail, which runs parallel to Bankhead Parkway and then Tollgate Road. Where Tollgate Trail ends Watts Trail begins, which will take us south to Wildflower Trail. A hike on Wildflower Trail alongside Fagan Creek begins the gradual but rocky climb back up the mountain to Fagan Springs Trail and then Alms House Trail.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801
Winter Tree Identification Workshop
Saturday, February 5 from 10 AM – 4 PM
Presented in partnership with Feral Foraging
Learning to identify trees in the wintertime when there are no fresh leaves to utilize can be difficult at first, but is a pivotal skill that will open your eyes to a whole new world of details in the forest. Watching someone pick up a twig and then correctly proclaim the identity of a tree may seem like magic at first, but it is actually just a system of details that you can learn too!
This course will provide you with the fundamental skills to confidently identity trees in the wintertime and comprises two sections: class lecture and fieldwork. The two topics that will be covered are bark and twig/bud identification. Each topic will begin with a lecture followed by field study to solidify your new knowledge!
Location: Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 1263 U.S Hwy 72 East, Huntsville, AL 35811
Self Guided Trail Tours
Explore a self-guided trail tour from the list below.
- FREE Audio Self-Guided 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
- Alum Hollow Trail (Green Mountain Nature Preserve)
- #HugaTreeLT Challenge: Accept the #HugaTreeLT Challenge and start exploring amazing local spaces while learning more about our featured trees. Win a fun prize if you visit and share all 9 trees by December 31, 2021!