Preserving Chapman Mountain

Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Conservation in a Mountainside Setting

You did it! You made the dream of preserving another key parcel on Chapman Mountain a reality! Thanks to you and your support Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve will be expanded by 86 incredible acres.

This acquisition will 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 will now be approximately 650. Your support has helped provide a safe haven for plants and animals to live, migrate, feed, and flourish. You’ve enhanced the space available for public recreation trails that traverse diverse terrain from mountainside slopes to flat forest land. And with more ground to cover and an historic spring area to explore, you’ve helped provide exciting new opportunities for hands-on environmental education for children and adults alike.

Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do to preserve our incredible North Alabama lands!


Despite being so close to Huntsville, Chapman Mountain has remained an untouched woodland area for many years. Full of wildlife, hardwood trees, karst features, a variety of interesting plant life, and trails from earlier days, it was in danger of being purchased and developed. In 2001, the Land Trust began efforts to preserve the mountain and through the support of Terry Properties, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and Vulcan Materials Company, the Land Trust was able to open Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve in 2018. This centrally located 371 acre preserve boasts an education pavilion and over three 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. The addition of this new 86 acre portion of the mountain will significantly expand the preserved lands available for wildlife to safely live and travel in a heavily developed area of the community.

Why is this a critical acquisition?

Conservation

This acquisition will 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 is now approximately 650. Plants and animals will have a safe haven to live and an undisturbed 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.

Recreation

The addition of this new property will 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.

Education

With more ground to cover and an historic spring area to explore, this expansion to Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve will 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.