Outdoor Adventures

Natural beauty and exercise for the entire family!

Guided Hikes & Adventures

We offer a Guided Hike & Outdoor Adventure Series each Spring and Fall. Other programs are offered throughout the year and will be listed here when available. These FREE events offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family but donations to help preserve green space are accepted!

RESERVATION IS REQUIRED. Sign up at the link provided below each event listing. 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 on this page. Priority registration for Land Trust members for most events. Please register by 5 PM on Friday before weekend hikes.

*NEW FOR 2020* Our fall hike series is exclusive to Land Trust members only. We have reduced capacity for all hikes to ensure a safe environment for all participants and face coverings are required when 6ft distancing is not possible.

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. 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.

 


2020 Members-Only Fall Hike Series

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for participants, we have reduced capacity of our guided hikes and face coverings are required when 6ft distancing is not possible. Because of our reduced capacity, we are offering this series exclusively to Land Trust members.

 

Sunday, October 11 at 2 PM
Rainbow Mountain Mushroom Identification (2 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 1.5 miles)

Curious to know more about the fungi adorning the trails and trees at Rainbow Mountain? Join naturalist Matt Shaw of Ecologic Solutions to learn more about identifying common North Alabama mushroom species.
Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758

Registration closed. This hike is full.

 

Saturday, October 17 at 9 AM
Wade Mountain Discovery Hike (2 hours / Moderate / 3 miles)

Head out for a morning of educational exploration with Alisa Koken from the Cook Museum of Natural Science. Alisa will help to identify the varied flora and fauna along Devil’s Racetrack.
Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow Road Trailhead) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road, Huntsville, AL 35810

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Sunday, October 18 at 2 PM
History of Rainbow Mountain (2 hours / Moderate to Difficult – due to rocky terrain / 3 miles)

The trails of Rainbow Mountain are adorned with many fascinating geological formations. Learn more about the history of this natural area and what led to the creation of these intricate formations with STEM Coach and naturalist Tim Gels.
Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758

Registration closed. This hike is full.

 

Saturday, October 24 at 9 AM
Bethel Spring Archaeology (2 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 1.5 Miles)

Get a view of our newest nature preserve through the eyes of archaeologist Ben Hoksbergen. Enjoy the picturesque farmland and breathtaking waterfall as you learn about the many archaeological features hidden on this beautiful preserve.
Location: Bethel Spring Nature Preserve2641 Cherry Tree Road, Gurley, AL 35748

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Sunday, October 25 at 1 PM
Blevins Gap Tree Identification Hike (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.

Registration closed. This hike is full.

 

Sunday, November 1 at 2 PM
Monte Sano Plant Identification (2 hours / Moderate / 1.5 miles)

Finish off your weekend with an adventure on Monte Sano Mountain with naturalist Matt Shaw of Ecologic Solutions. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Old Railroad Bed Trail and the cool fall air while stopping along the way to explore the natural wonders of Alabama forest biodiversity.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Saturday, November 7 at 9 AM
Useful Plants and Mushrooms of Early Winter (1 mile / Easy / 1.5 hours)

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 the early months of 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

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Sunday, November 8 at 2 PM
Wade Mountain Naturalist Hike (2 hours / Moderate with elevation change / 2.5 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 Road Trailhead) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road, Huntsville, AL 35810

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Saturday, November 14 at 10 AM
Oak Park History Hike (2.5 hours / Difficult – due to slippery, rocky surfaces / 3 miles)

Join Historian David Young on an exploration of the Oak Park Trail system – a joint effort between Oak Park neighborhood volunteers and the Land Trust. The route will follow the Dallas Branch drainage basin, which includes a walk past flood control features and leads up to the waterfall at Raven Point. The end of the hike will follow Bankhead Trail, a trail rich with shallow sea fossils.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Oak Park Trailhead) – 2250 Oakwood Ave NE, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Sunday, November 22 at 2 PM
Women’s Outdoor Safety Hike (2 hours / Easy to Moderate / 2.2 miles)

Everyone benefits from being in nature, but sometimes fear of the unknown or need for community keeps women from exploring the outdoors. Join naturalist and wilderness skills guide Kate Gribbin to learn the basic safety information all women should know when hitting the trails.  All levels of ability are welcome to share experiences, make new hiking buddies, and enjoy community with other women.  
Location: Green Mountain Nature Preserve (Alum Hollow Trailhead) – 13800 South Shawdee Road, Huntsville, AL 35803

Registration closed. This hike is full.

 


Self Guided Trail Tours

Self-guided trail tours are available for some of our nature preserves. Select the nature preserve you’d like to visit from the list below and you’ll find available self-guided trail tours at the bottom of the page.