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 and skill levels but donations to help preserve green space are accepted! 

RESERVATION IS REQUIRED. Registration opens at the beginning of the month. Land Trust members get priority registration. Not a member? 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 open Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM.

Upcoming Hikes

Movement in Nature
Saturday, May 15 at 9 AM

(1.5 hours / Easy  / .25 miles) Designed for ages K-6, Cristina Byrne will lead children on an exploration of movement and nature as we explore self expression and the building of emotional intelligence using inspiration found from items on the trail.

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

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May #HugaTreeLT Challenge Hike at Rainbow Mountain
Sunday, May 16 at 9 AM

(2 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 3 miles) Each month from April through December, the Land Trust will be highlighting a tree on each preserve and teaching you how to identify the species. The challenge is for you to find the tree, give it a hug, and take a picture to share on social media. Join naturalist Tim Gels on a Rainbow Mountain hike looking for May’s featured tree – the eastern red-cedar. Tim will help you find the selected tree and tell you a bit about the other flora that resides nearby.

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

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Chapman Mountain Junior Naturalist Hike
Saturday, May 22 at 9 AM

(2 hours / easy to moderate / 2 miles) Join 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 Chapman Mountain.  Designed for children ages 6-12, but enjoyable and informative for all ages!

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

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Forest Friends
Saturday, May 22 from 9-11 AM

Families with young children (ages 18 months to 5 years) can join us for nature discovery events designed to encourage a sense of wonder about the natural world. Through the sharing of stories and songs and the creation of art, each playful exploration engages both adults and children as we make new discoveries about the plants and animals in this beautiful forest habitat. Because we believe that we protect the places that we love, we hope to inspire young children to feel a friendly respectful connection to nature – forming a foundation for curiosity and enjoyment to last a lifetime. Families are welcome to stay and enjoy Bethel Spring after the event with a picnic from home. These events are outdoors and designed to allow for social distancing between households. Masks required for ages 3 and up in any areas where maintaining a safe distance is not possible.

Location: Bethel Spring Nature Preserve – 2641 Cherry Tree Rd, New Hope, AL 35760

Registration closed. This event has reached capacity.


Chapman Mountain Tour
Sunday, May 23 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.

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

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Self Guided Trail Tours

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