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, 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

Sign up for this hike!


Saturday, November 23 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

Sign up for this hike!


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

Sign up for this hike!


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

Sign up for this hike!


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.  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.