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 around September. These FREE hikes offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family but donations to help preserve green space are accepted! You don’t need fancy equipment! However, we do recommend:

  • long pants and comfortable shoes with good tread
  • bottled water
  • hiking sticks
  • trail snacks
  • and a camera to capture the experience

​Dogs welcome, but must be on leads. In case of rain, hikes may be cancelled. Please verify cancellation here or on our Facebook Page.

RESERVATION IS REQUIRED for this series. 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.

Saturday, November 3 at 10 AM
Geology with Ben Ferrill 
Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve

2 hours / Moderate / 2 miles
Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve is well known for its dramatic limestone and sandstone structures. You can explore the area with the Land Trust of North Alabama with a moderate 2 mile hike. Geologist Ben Ferrill will share the history and science behind these fascinating rock formations.
Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758

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Sunday, November 4 at 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Walls of Jericho with Mike Dalen
Jackson County – 6.5 hours / Difficult / 8 miles
Rated one of the best hiking trails in Alabama, Walls of Jericho is definitely a bucket list hike. Mike Dalen will lead you through the mountains, woods, springs, hosting caves, rocky bluffs, and riparian forests that make this Jackson County trail so famous.
Directions: Meet behind the new Burger King in Gurley (5960 Hwy 72 E, Gurley, AL 35748)at 8:30 AM to caravan to the Walls of Jericho. Bring a sack lunch and lots of water.

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Saturday, November 10 at 10 AM
Kids Hike with Tim Gels
Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 2 hours / Easy to Moderate / 1.5 miles
There’s a lot to learn from exploring the outdoors! Bring the kids out for an educational nature hike led by Madison County Schools STEM Coach Tim Gels. We’ll discuss the plants and animals that call Rainbow Mountain home. Bring a sack lunch and end the hike with lunch in the pavilion!
Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758

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Sunday, November 11 at 1 PM
Historic Railroad Bed with Bruce Martin
Monte Sano Nature Preserve – 3 hours / moderate to difficult / 2.5 miles
The Old Railroad Bed Trail follows the same path as the steam locomotive that traveled from the Huntsville Depot to the Monte Sano Hotel from 1888 until 1896.  Enjoy a bit of Huntsville’s past with hike leader Bruce Martin.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Friday, November 16 at 1 PM
Mommy + Me Hike hosted by Leaf in Creek 

Harvest Square Nature Preserve – short hike, rated easy

Moms and dads, bring your kid(s) on this family-friendly hike! Leaf in Creek Wilderness Ambassador Kate will lead you through a gentle, flat hike at Harvest Square Nature Preserve. These paths are stroller accessible. All fitness levels welcome. Space is limited. Registration is required by 8PM on Thursday, 11/16. Call Mel Ivey at 256-203-3948 or email mel@leafincreek.com if you have questions or need additional information.
Location: Harvest Square Nature Preserve – 111 Allyson Sadie Blvd, Harvest, AL 35749

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Saturday, November 17 at 10 AM
Archaeology with Ben Hoksbergen
Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 3 hours / Moderate / 2.5 miles
You can explore Huntsville history by examining remnants from the past at the Land Trust of North Alabama’s Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve. This 2.5 mile guided hike and archaeological discovery will be led by Archaeologist Ben Hoksbergen.
Location: Chapman Nature Preserve – coming from Huntsville, take HWY 72 E over Chapman Mountain and make U-turn at Moore’s Mill. Once on 72 W, get in the far right lane and follow the silver guardrail to the end. Turn right as soon as the guardrail ends to enter to enter the preserve.

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Sunday, November 18 from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Tennessee River with Mike Dalen
Guntersville – TVA Honeycomb Trail – 7 hours / Difficult / 9 miles
Join us for a full-day guided hike, rated difficult, as we enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Tennessee River Valley. Eagles, ospreys, and gorgeous views of Lake Guntersville are just some of the highlights of this TVA trail.
Directions: Meet at Hampton Cove Publix near Regions Bank for carpooling at 8:30 AM. We will return to Publix between 4-5 PM.

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Thursday, November 22 at 9 AM
25th Annual Thanksgiving Day Hike
Monte Sano Nature Preserve – 3 hours / Moderate / 4 miles
Join us for a Thanksgiving Day tradition!  Be prepared for your Thanksgiving feast by starting the morning off with a Monte Sano hike lead by Land Trust volunteers and staff.  We’ll start out at Bankhead and work our way down to Three Caves on the Alms House Trail. Those who don’t want to make the walk back up will be shuttled to their cars. Please carpool to the starting location. This is a popular hike and parking is limited.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

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