Each month from April – December 2021, we’re featuring trees found on Land Trust properties. Accept the #HugaTreeLT Challenge and start exploring amazing local spaces while learning more about nature. Win a fun prize if you visit and share all 9 trees by December 31!
Learn about the “tree of the month” by visiting this page. Click the species name to discover more about the featured tree and helpful hints on where to find it.
Visit the featured Land Trust property each month and find the chosen tree. Look for the sign that says “HUG ME!” Find trail maps here.
Take a photo or selfie hugging the tree. Get creative! Share to Instagram or Facebook tagging friends to the challenge, @landtrustnal and #HugaTreeLT
If you post photos hugging all 9 trees using the tags above, you’ll win a #HugaTreeLT prize to make your tree hugger status official!
Tree of the Month
Monte Sano Nature Preserve
Bluff Line Trail
Species: Osage Orange
Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve
Balance Rock Trail
Location: (34°43’58” N, 86°43’41” W) Visit Balance Rock midway down it’s namesake trail and you’ll find this month’s featured tree alongside it! Once you’ve identified it, you’ll notice there are several other cedars around the area. Download trail map.
Species: Eastern Red Cedar
Green Mountain Nature Preserve
Alum Hollow Trail
Location: (N 34.588921°, W 86.511398°) You’ll find it on Alum Hollow Trail just passed the first bridge about halfway up the hill, on the right. Download trail map.
Species: Chestnut Oak
Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve
Location: (N 34°46’35” N, 86°33’9″ W ) From the pavilion, head north on Moonshine Trail. Take a right onto Terry Trail. The tree is just past the short wooden bridge and next to Mossy Falls (indicated on the trail map). It is a Tulip Poplar and has a sign indicating the tree species (part of our Big Trees on Terry Trail Tour). Download trail map.
Species: Yellow Poplar
Harvest Square Nature Preserve
Beaver Dam Trail
Location: (N 34°50’52” N, 86°42’34” W ) The tree is just inside the trailhead to the left of the information kiosk before you cross over the first bridge. Download trail map.
Species: Green Ash
Wade Mountain Nature Preserve
Devil’s Racetrack Trail
Location: (N 34°48’28” N, 86°35’23” W) The tree is located at Spragins Hollow Trailhead. Facing the kiosk, it’s to the left of the trail entrance, next to the bike rack. Download trail map.
Species: Red Mulberry
Bethel Spring Nature Preserve
Bethel Spring Loop Trail
Location: This tree is located next to the trailhead parking area alongside Bethel Spring Loop Trail. Download trail map.
Blevins Gap Nature Preserve
Bradford Creek Greenway