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. 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.
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 email@example.com. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM.
Our guided hike schedule is released at the beginning of each month.
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Rainbow Mountain
Saturday, August 13 @ 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
(Moderate / 2.5 hours / 3 miles) Follow our series of guided hikes throughout the entire year as we cover all of the Land Trust’s public trails! We’ll start with the easiest routes and increase our difficulty and distance along the way. This hike will begin from the pavilion and head through the playground on Stoneridge Trail until it ends at Jake’s Trail. From there we’ll head northeast to Rainbow Mountain Loop and then Spring Trail, which takes a turn straight downhill following alongside a creek bed before intersecting again with Rainbow Mountain Loop at the bottom. We’ll take the loop trail north to Ja Moo Ko to explore the eastern side of the preserve. Then after another short section of Rainbow Mountain Loop, we’ll cut across the middle of the property on Wild and Berry Trails. That brings you to the most popular and heavily-travelled area of Rainbow Mountain featuring the boulder field and Balance Rock before ending our hike back where we started.
Location: Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve – 230 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL 35758
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Wade Mountain
Saturday, August 27 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(Moderate / 3 hours / 5 miles) Follow our series of guided hikes throughout the entire year as we cover all of the Land Trust’s public trails! We’ll start with the easiest routes and increase our difficulty and distance along the way. Discover the eastern side of Wade Mountain Nature Preserve all in one morning. This hike starts along Piney Loop, which is a mostly flat, easy stroll through the pines as the name suggests. From there begin the hike up Devil’s Racetrack. Interesting rocks and beautiful trees line the way up the mountain leading you to the top. There you’ll enjoy views of north Huntsville and an interesting sandy terrain that’s different from the area around it. Take a different route down the mountain on Shovelton, Harris, and Rockwall Trails before returning to Devil’s Racetrack for the final stretch back towards the trailhead.
Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Blevins Gap North
Saturday, September 10 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
(Difficult / 3.5 hours / 5.6 miles) Follow our series of guided hikes throughout the entire year as we cover all of the Land Trust’s public trails! We’ll start with the easiest routes and increase our difficulty and distance along the way. Explore the quieter side of Blevins Gap Nature Preserve on the north side of Cecil Ashburn. The trailhead is located behind SE Church of the Nazarene and, though close to the bustle of Jones Valley below, it feels like a world away. However, this is a challenging hike with significant elevation change and rocky terrain so come prepared. This hike begins on Fanning Trail. Loop around Stevenson Trail before returning to Fanning on the way to Chittamwood and then Walsingham Trails. Enjoy the rock formations and variety of trees along the way. From there, you’ll climb up Fanning and then Scout Trails for approximately 1.5 miles to reach the far eastern limits of the preserve and turn back to hike down the same distance. We’ll take Walsingham the opposite direction towards Bailey Cove Trail and then Jones Valley Loop, which returns you to the traihead alongside a beautiful, rocky creek bed.
Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (Fanning Trailhead) – 2275 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35802
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Self Guided Trail Tours
Explore a self-guided trail tour from the list below.
- Hike the Land Trust! – Discover ALL 70+ miles of #landtrustnal adventure! Take on the challenge at your own pace or follow our Hike the Land Trust guided hike series throughout 2022 as we lead the way to help you cover ALL Land Trust public trails!
- FREE Audio Trail Tour of Monte Sano Nature Preserve’s Old Railroad Bed Trail available in the TravelStorys app
- Waterline Trail (Monte Sano Nature Preserve)
- Trough Spring (Monte Sano Nature Preserve)
- Wildflower Trail (Monte Sano Nature Preserve)
- Exploring Green Mountain’s Upper Trails (Green Mountain Nature Preserve)
- Alum Hollow Trail (Green Mountain Nature Preserve)
- #HugaTreeLT Challenge