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.

*National Public Lands Day* Saturday, September 29 at 9 AM

Hiking 101 with Chet and Ruth Wright
The Nature Conservancy of Alabama’s Keel Mountain Preserve (3 hours / Difficult / 2.5 miles)
Chet and Ruth Wright, avid hikers, nature bloggers, and Land Trust friends, will teach you all they know about hiking out at The Nature Conservancy in Alabama’s Keel Mountain Preserve. Climb up to Keel’s stunning waterfall while learning about safety tips, survival, recommended gear, and how to best respect the trails when adventuring.
Location: Keel Mountain Preserve – 1787 McMullen Road, Gurley, AL 35748

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Sunday, September 30 at 2 PM
Signs of Fall with Lynne Weninegar
Monte Sano Nature Preserve (2 hours / Easy – moderate incline; roots and rocks on trail / 1.5 miles)
Become a Botanist for the day as you walk with expert Lynne Weninegar and learn about the many species of plants and flowers growing alongside Fagan Creek.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Wildflower Trailhead) – 500 Cleermont Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Thursday, October 4 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Star Gazing with Von Braun Astronomical Society
The Nature Conservancy of Alabama’s Roy B. Whitaker Preserve
Much of nature’s beauty can be enjoyed at night! You can join Land Trust of North Alabama and Von Braun Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing at the Nature Conservancy in Alabama’s Roy B. Whitaker Nature Preserve. Far from city lights and perfectly timed for the new moon, we’ll appreciate a starry view of the dark skies above with guidance and information from VBAS Board Member Don Martin. Bag chairs recommended.
Location: Roy B. Whitaker Preserve – 2188 U.S. Hwy 72, Jackson County, AL 35764

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Saturday, October 6 at 9 AM
Chapman Mountain Trails with Mike Dalen
Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 3 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 4 miles
Explore the newest addition to our newest preserve! Board Member Mike Dalen will be introducing hikers to the trails recently added to the Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve thanks to an agreement with Alabama A&M.
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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Saturday, October 6 at 9 AM
History Hike with Bruce Martin
Monte Sano Nature Preserve – 3 hours / Difficult / 4 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 and historian Bruce Martin.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Sunday, October 7 at 2 PM
Fall Colors with Lynne Weninegar
Wade Mountain Nature Preserve – 2 hours / Easy to Moderate / 2.5 miles
Enjoy the sights of Autumn on Wade Mountain as Botanist Lynne Weninegar points out how cooler temperatures affect the many beautiful plant species native to this semi-arid microclimate.
Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow Road Trailhead) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road, Huntsville, AL 35810

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Saturday, October 13 at 9 AM
Deep into Alum Hollow with Mike Dalen
Green Mountain Nature Preserve – 3 hours/Difficult/5 miles
Explore nearly all of Green Mountain Nature Preserve including the over 3 miles of recently added trails with Land Trust Board Member Mike Dalen. This hike is rated difficult due to steep elevation changes and rocky trails but the sights and features you’ll discover along the way are worth it!
Location: Green Mountain Nature Preserve (Alum Hollow Trailhead) – 13800 South Shawdee Road, Huntsville, AL 35803

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Saturday, October 13 at 9 AM
Trough Springs History with David Young
Monte Sano Nature Preserve – 2 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 2 miles
On May 11, 1865, Trough Springs on Monte Sano Mountain was the site of a significant moment in Civil War history. Land Trust Board Member David Young will lead a 2 mile guided hike to share the story of Lt. Col. Milus E. “Bushwhacker” Johnston and his dramatic surrender to Union Forces.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (South Monte Sano Trailhead) – 1970 Monte Sano Boulevard, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Sunday, October 14 at 2 PM
*Land Trust Members-Only * Not a member? You can join today and attend this event!
Beer Tasting Hike with Goat Island Brewing
Blevins Gap Nature Preserve – 3 hours / Moderate to Difficult (due to some elevation changes) / 3.5 miles
Representatives from Goat Island Brewing will lead us down the Certain Trail to the beautiful city views found at the overlook.  Goat Island, based out of Cullman, will be bringing along a few fall beers for you to taste along the way. Feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy at the overlook.
Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve – 3470 Cecil Ashburn Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802

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Sunday, October 14 at 2 PM
Family Stroll with Jim Chamberlain
Bradford Creek Greenway – 1 hour / Easy / 3 miles
You and your family can take an easy stroll through beautiful wetlands preserved by Land Trust of North Alabama along Madison’s Bradford Creek Greenway. This one hour walk will begin and end at Palmer Park. Strollers, kids on bikes, and dogs on leads are welcome.
Location: Palmer Park – 574 Palmer Rd, Madison, AL 35758

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Saturday, October 20 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, October 21 at 2 PM
Tree Identification with Callie Schweitzer
Blevins Gap Nature Preserve – 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.

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Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 PM
*Land Trust Members-Only * Not a member? You can join today and attend this event!
Ghost Stories at Three Caves
Monte Sano Nature Preserve
Join the Land Trust of North Alabama by the fire for a spooky night of ghost stories at Three Caves on Monte Sano Nature Preserve – Saturday, October 27th. Local storytellers will share their favorite family-friendly, creepy tales among the limestone walls and cave openings.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Three Caves Trailhead) 901 Kennamer Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

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Sunday, October 28 at 2 PM
Halloween Hike-a-Hound with the Humane Society
Green Mountain Nature Preserve – 3 hours / Easy to Moderate / 3 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! Dog lovers and Land Trust Friends Matt and Kasey Powers will be your guide as we make our way to Alum Hollow’s beautiful waterfall.
Location: Green Mountain Nature Preserve (Alum Hollow Trailhead) – 13800 South Shawdee Road, Huntsville, AL 35803

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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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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
24th 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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