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. The Spring series is announced in February and the Fall schedule comes out in September. 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.

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. 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.

2019 Fall Hike & Adventure Series

 


Saturday, October 26 at 9 AM
History of Old Waterline Trail with David Young
2 hours / Moderate / 2.5 miles

The old waterline on Monte Sano Mountain provided water for the residents of South Monte Sano for years before and after it was annexed to the city of Huntsville. Join historian David Young as he recalls the history of the waterline and the changing water demands of Huntsville over the years.

Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Three Caves Trailhead) 901 Kennamer Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Saturday, October 26 at 9 AM
*Members Only* Wildlife Tracking at Bethel Spring
2 hours / Moderate / 1.5 miles

Nick Sharp, Nongame Biologist for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Program, will guide us through the fields and trails at our soon to be newest public nature preserve – Bethel Spring — and teach us how we can use clues left by animals to gather information about the wildlife nearby.

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

*Registration has closed – this hike is full*


Saturday, October 27 at 2 PM
Halloween Hike-a-Hound with the Humane Society
2.5 hours / Moderate / 2.5 miles

This hike is for the dogs!  The Humane Society of Greater Huntsville will bring along some adorable, costumed dogs ready for Halloween and a forever home.  Take an adoptable dog on a test-hike or bring your own pup along in festive Halloween attire! Rescue enthusiast Nancy Wolfe will be your guide as we make our way to Alum Hollow’s beautiful waterfall and discuss best practices for taking man’s best friend out on the trail.

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

*Registration has closed – this hike is full*


Saturday, October 27 at 2 PM
Intro to Backpacking with Born 2 Be Wild
2 hours / Moderate to difficult / 2 miles

Join adventuring company Born 2 Be Wild on a informative backpack training on Monte Sano Mountain. Bring your own pack or borrow one provided (numbers are limited) as you learn about best practices and safety tips for an extended backpacking adventure.

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

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Saturday, November 2 at 8:30 AM
Walls of Jericho with Mike Dalen
6.5 hours / Difficult / 8 miles

The Paint Rock Valley is always stunning, especially in the fall. Join us on a hike into the Walls of Jericho, where the clear headwaters of the biologically-significant Paint Rock River begin. Bring 2 liters of water, lunch, and snacks. Rated difficult due to uneven terrain & steep hillclimb at end of all-day hike.

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. 

*Registration has closed – this hike is full*


Saturday, November 2 at 9 AM
Tree Identification with Callie Schweitzer
2 hours/ Moderate / 2 miles

The upland hardwood habitat of Monte Sano Mountain is home to a wide variety of tree species. Test your knowledge or learn something completely new as you join Forester Callie Schweitzer for a morning of tree identification and beautiful views.

Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (South Monte Sano Trailhead) – 1970 Monte Sano Boulevard, Huntsville, AL 35801  

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Sunday, November 3 at 2 PM
Rainbow Mountain with Jim Chamberlain
2 hours / Moderate to difficult / 3 miles

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and limestone formations of one of our most popular preserves with the Land Trust’s good friend and past board member Jim Chamberlain.  Jim will tell you about the development of Rainbow Mountain and take you to see all the highlights of the great trails.

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

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Saturday, November 9 at 9 AM
Kids’ Tim Talk at Rainbow Mountain
2 hours/ Moderate due to rocky terrain / 2 miles

Rainbow Mountain offers a fascinating collection of limestone formations, varied wildlife, and interesting sights. Explore these features and more on a hike with Madison County Schools STEM Coach Tim Gels.

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

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Saturday, November 9 at 10 AM
Fanning Loop with Rick Rodriguez
2 hours / Moderate to difficult / 2 miles

Enjoy a good uphill walk with Rick Rodriguez along some of the new Blevins Gap Trails. We’ll enjoy the beautiful flora along Jones Valley Trail as we make our way up towards the top of Huntsville Mountain. Rick has adopted and cares for both the Fanning and Stevenson trails on this part of the preserve and will give you plenty of insight on what makes this area so unique.

Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (Fanning Trailhead) – 275 Cecil Ashburn Drive (behind SE Church of the Nazarene), Huntsville, AL  35802 

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Sunday, November 10 at 2 PM
Meditative Hike with Maria Brito
2 hours / Moderate / 3 miles

Science has shown that time spent in nature provides invaluable benefits for the body and mind. Join hike leader and yoga instructor Mario Brito  as she guides you through a meditative appreciation of the outdoors as we engage our senses and connect with the environment.

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

*Registration has closed – this hike is full*


Saturday, November 16 at 8:30 AM
Tennessee River with Mike Dalen
7 hours / Difficult / 9 miles

Five bluff overlooks, lake-edge scenic views, ospreys and eagles, and challenging terrain make this one of the best hikes in North Alabama. Join Board Member Mike Dalen for a full-day hike along Lake Guntersville. Cars will be parked at the campground and we’ll shuttle back to the dam. Bring 2 liters of water, lunch, and snacks.

Location: Meet at 8:30 am at Publix in Hampton Cove – 6707 Hwy 431 S, Owens Cross Rds, AL 35763

*Registration has closed – this hike is full*


Saturday, November 16 at 9 AM
Toddler Sensory Hike
1 hour / Easy / .5 mile

Bring out your little one for an exploration of all things nature! Designed  for ages 18 months – 4 years and led by outdoor education enthusiast Stephanie Clark, we’ll use our senses to investigate and appreciate the world around us. We plan to be hands on and fully immersed in the elements, so a change of clothes is recommended.

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

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Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM
Kids’ Wilderness Training
1 hour / Easy / 1.5 miles

Do your children know how to keep themselves safe when out in the woods? Join Alisa Koken from the Cook Museum of Natural Science to learn outdoor basics such as how to read a topographic map, what to include in your pack, the best gear for hiking, and how to identify Northern Alabama’s poisonous plants and animals.

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

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Saturday, November 23 at 9 AM
Historic Railroad Bed with Bruce Martin
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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Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM
*Members Only* Archaeology at Bethel Spring
2 hours / Moderate to difficult / 3 miles

Land Trust Members will receive a view of this closed 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 Preserve – 2641 Cherry Tree Road, Gurley, AL 35748

*Registration has closed – this hike is full*


Thursday, November 28 at 9 AM
25th Annual Thanksgiving Day Hike
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 led 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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 Fall Guided Hike & Adventure Series – Coming Soon!


RESERVATION IS REQUIRED for guided hikes. Priority registration for Land Trust members only beginning Tuesday, September 25. Registration opens to the public on Tuesday, October 1 at 9 AM. 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.