Land Trust of North Alabama has an incredible opportunity to expand Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve with the purchase of an additional 86 acres. This critical parcel, if preserved, could significantly increase the outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation area in this centrally located, mountainside setting.
In order to purchase and preserve this new area of the mountain, we must raise $180,000 by August 15. Become a partner. Make it possible!
Despite being so close to Huntsville, Chapman Mountain has remained an untouched woodland area for many years. Full of wildlife, karst features, and leftover trails from earlier days, it was in danger of being purchased and developed. In 2018, with the support of the Terry Family, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama and Vulcan Materials Company, the Land Trust was able to open Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve. This centrally located 371 acre preserve boasts a full service education pavilion and 3 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Through recent partnership with Alabama A&M University, the trail system is now being expanded to access 188 adjoining acres owned by the university.
Why is this a critical acquisition?
This acquisition would significantly increase the natural corridor and habitat for wildlife. When combined with Alabama A&M University lands and the existing Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve, the total uninterrupted acreage would grow to approximately 650. Plants and animals would be provided a safe haven to live and an undisurbed space to migrate, feed, and flourish. In addition, this new parcel holds the only flowing spring on Chapman Mountain. Water from the spring flows inconspicuously out of the depths of the mountain as it has for years. Remains of an old water cistern still exists, offering evidence of this life giving water’s role in times past.
The addition of this new property would markedly enhance the space available for public recreation trails. Offering diverse terrain from mountainside slopes to flat forest land, Chapman Mountain is an ideal outdoor recreation destination for visitors of all skill levels and interests, only minutes from downtown Huntsville.
With more ground to cover and an historic spring area to explore, this expansion to Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve would provide exciting new opportunities for hands-on environmental education for children and adults alike. Chapman Mountain provides everything needed to host field trips inviting students to explore the connections between our land, our culture, and our history.
Become a partner. Make it possible!
Contact Hallie Porter, Development Director to pledge your support today! 256-534-5263 | firstname.lastname@example.org