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.

 


2020 Spring Hike & Adventure Series

Welcome to Spring Hike Season! We hope you’ll join us for outdoor adventure and learning. Pick from a variety of hikes, including a few members-only opportunities. RESERVATION IS REQUIRED. 

The Land Trust of North Alabama is working diligently with our hike and trail care guides and closely monitoring the current state of affairs in Alabama, the United States, and the world in regards to the Coronavirus.  With the recent guidance from the CDC requesting avoidance of groups of 10 or more, we regret that hikes through March 31 have been cancelled. However, all the Land Trust Nature Preserves are open and available for your use and enjoyment.

 

Saturday, March 21 at 9 AM

Junior Naturalist Hike at Blevins Gap ***CANCELED***
(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 the top of Huntsville Mountain. Designed for children ages 6-12, but enjoyable and informative for all ages!
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.

 

Sunday, March 22 at 1 PM

Oak Park History Hike ***CANCELED***
(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

 

Sunday, March 22 at 2 PM

Making Sense of Nature on Monte Sano ***CANCELED***
(1 hour / Easy / 1.5 miles)
The abundant wildlife on Monte Sano Mountain has many varied and fascinating sensory traits that allow them to thrive in their environment. Join Alisa Koken from the Cook Museum of Natural Science as we use our senses to explore a day in the life of these animals and learn more about their fascinating adaptations. Suggested age: K-5.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Wildflower Trailhead) – 500 Cleermont Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

 

Saturday, March 28 at 8 AM

Walls of Jericho Hike ***CANCELED***
(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 hill climb at the end of an all-day hike.
Location: Walls of Jericho – Jackson County – 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.

 

Saturday, April 4 at 9 AM 

Monte Sano History Hike ***CANCELED***
(4 hours / Difficult / 5 miles)
Historian Bruce Martin will lead you down Alms House to historic Three Caves Quarry where you’ll learn more . From three, take in the views of Monte Sano on Water Line, Wagon, and High Trail as you travel to the remnants of the Monte Sano Hotel Baths built in 1887.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801

Sunday, April 5 at 2 PM

Wildflower Senior Stroll***CANCELED***
(2 hours / Easy / 1.5 mile)
Enjoy a relaxed pace down Wildflower Trail with Botanist Lynne Weninegar as your guide. Lynne will make frequent stops to identify and discuss the many spring wildflowers newly in bloom along the trail.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Wildflower Trailhead) – 500 Cleermont Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

 

Tuesday, April 7 at 7 PM

Members-Only Full Moon Family Hike ***CANCELED***
(1.5 Hours / Easy / 1 Mile)
Join naturalist and author Heather Montgomery for an evening in the forest. Come prowl the moonlit trail, discover the power of night vision, and experience the world of nocturnal animals. With flashlights tucked in our pockets, we will stroll through the Harvest Square Preserve and explore a side of the forest most people miss. If the clouds cooperate, we will sit in awe under the stars and hear ancient legends.
Location: Harvest Square Nature Preserve – 111 Allyson Sadie Blvd, Harvest, AL 35749

 

Saturday, April 11 at 9 AM

Deep into Alum Hollow Hike
(3 hours / Difficult / 6 miles)
Dive deep into Alum Hollow on South Green Mountain. Land Trust Board Member Mike Dalen will start out on top and hike down Talus Trail to the valley floor, exploring several nooks and crannies on the way back out. Bring water & snacks.
Location: Green Mountain Nature Preserve (Alum Hollow Trailhead) – 13800 S Shawdee Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Saturday, April 11 at 9 AM

Wade Mountain Archaeology Hike
(2 hours / Moderate / 2.5 Miles)
You can explore Huntsville history by examining remnants from the past at the Land Trust of North Alabama’s Wade Mountain Nature Preserve. This 2.5 mile guided hike and archaeological discovery will be led by Archaeologist Ben Hoksbergen.
Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow Trailhead) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road, Huntsville, AL 35810
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Saturday, April 18 at 9 AM

Fanning and Jones Valley Loop Hike at Blevins Gap
(2 hours / Moderate to Difficult / 2 miles)
Enjoy a good uphill walk with Rick Rodriguez along some of the newer 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
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Sunday, April 19 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
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Sunday, April 19 at 2 PM

Members-Only Wildflowers and Watercolors
(2 hours / Easy / 1 mile)
Enjoy learning about spring wildflowers in bloom and the basics of capturing their beauty in watercolor on this guided hike. Biologist Ansley McDurmon and artist Vinchenza Sweet will lead you down Wildflower Trail for an introduction to flower identification and the foundations of water color painting. Painting materials provided – please bring a notebook or any preferred canvas.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Wildflower Trailhead) – 500 Cleermont Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Saturday, April 25 at 9 AM

Junior Naturalist Hike at Rainbow Mountain
(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.
Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758
Sign up for this hike!

 

Saturday, April 25 at 9 AM

Ditto Landing to Redstone Arsenal Greenway
(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
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Sunday, April 26 at 2 PM

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.
This event has reached capacity. Registration is CLOSED.

 

Thursday, April 30 at 8 AM

Bradford Creek Birding
(1.5 hours / Easy / 2 miles)
Set out on a leisurely hike to see and hear the numerous bird species that travel through Northern Alabama during spring migration. Birding expert Ken Ward will help participants identify the songs, calls, and field marks of a variety of species. Bring your binoculars if you have them.
Location: Bradford Creek Greenway (Palmer Park entrance) – 574 Palmer Rd, Madison, AL 35758
Sign up for this hike!


RESERVATION IS REQUIRED for guided hikes. Space is limited to ensure quality and safety. Priority registration for Land Trust members. 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.