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 but donations to help preserve green space are accepted! 

RESERVATION IS REQUIRED. Land Trust members get priority registration. Non-members may register after the date provided in the event listing or 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.
  • face covering required when 6ft distancing is not possible

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 closed on Saturday & Sunday.

Upcoming Hikes

Useful Plants and Mushrooms of Winter
Saturday, February 27 at 10 AM

(1.5 hours / Easy / 1 mile) Winter is not often associated with an abundance of wild plants and fungi to find in the wild, but there is still so much to find! Join local forager, Jesse Akozbek, to learn more about useful plants and mushrooms that can be found in the wild in Winter. All skill levels are welcome! Kids are free to join, but the content of the hike is geared towards adults. Please feel free to bring a camera, notepad and pencil, or any other tools you need to remember the information presented! The hike will be light, interspersed with information and ID demonstrations.

Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

Registration closed. This hike is full.


Wade Mountain Naturalist Hike
Sunday, February 28 at 1 PM

(3+ hours / Difficult due to elevation change / 4 miles) Head out on the trail with Madison County Schools STEM Coach Tim Gels on an exploratory hike of all things nature! Tim’s expert knowledge will open our eyes to the often-overlooked wildlife that thrives at the top of Wade Mountain.

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

Registration closed. This hike is full.


Chapman Mountain Winter Tree Identification
Sunday, March 7 at 1 PM

(2+ hours / Moderate / 2 miles) Sure, you know your leaves, but how confident are you about bark? Put your skills to the test and join dendrologist Ken Ward on Chapman Mountain for a morning of leafless tree identification and learn how to identify trees in the dead of winter.

Location: Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 1263 Hwy 72 E, Huntsville, AL 35811

Registration closed. This hike is full.


Workshop: Introduction to Wildlife Photography for High School Students
Saturday, March 20 at 10 AM

(2 hours/ Easy / >1 mile) Aspiring photographers ages 13-18 will head out on a freshly bloomed Wildflower trail with professional photographer Cristina Byrne to learn the ins and outs of photographing wildlife. Wildflowers will be the main subject for the day and all skill levels and cameras – including smart phones – are welcome.

Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Cleermont  Trailhead) – 506 Cleermont Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801 

Sign up here. Land Trust Members-only registration until March 1.


Ditto Landing Greenway Walk
Saturday, March 20 at 9 AM

(3+ hours / Easy / 3 miles) Explore this future addition to Huntsville’s greenway system along the Tennessee River. Hike leader Mike Dalen will begin at Ditto Landing, cross Aldridge Creek, trek under the Whitesburg Bridges, and follow the river all the way to Redstone Arsenal.

Location: Ditto Landing Picnic Pavilion – 293 Ditto Landing Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803

Registration closed. This hike is full.


Impact of Non-Native Invasive on Monte Sano Ecology
Sunday, March 21 at 2 PM

(2 hours / Moderate / 2 miles) Non-native invasive plant species can impact the health and function of our native upland hardwood forests. Callie Schweitzer, USDA Forest Service Research Forester, will discuss the impact non-native invasive plant species are having on our forests and hikers will be able to see some examples of control methods in demonstration sites along the trail.

Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

Sign up here. Land Trust Members-only registration until March 1.


Archaeology on Rainbow Mountain
Saturday, March 27 at 2 PM

(2 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 3 miles) Discover Rainbow Mountain through the eyes of archaeologist Ben Hoksbergen. Wander through the trees and rock formations of this hillside oasis in Madison as you learn about the many archaeological features hidden on this beautiful preserve.

Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758

Registration closed. This hike is full.


Chapman Mountain Tour
Sunday, March 28 at 9 AM

(3+ miles / Easy to Moderate / 3 hours) Tour the western side of Chapman Mountain Preserve with veteran hike leader Mike Dalen. We’ll start with Bulldog Trail and make our way over towards the Alabama A&M extension of the property.

Location: Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 1263 Hwy 72 E, Huntsville, AL 35811

Registration closed. This hike is full.


Self Guided Trail Tours

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