Natural Treasures Protected Forever

Acquisition of land is the first critical step in protecting North Alabama’s great natural places. Once land has been acquired, the Land Trust and our partners begin the never-ending work of ensuring that these acres have the proper care to thrive. Learn how you can Volunteer and Support the Land Trust to make this important work possible. And read about our current projects below.

Land Trust Preserved Property 

9315 Acres preserved in 6 counties (Madison, Limestone, Jackson, Marshall, Dekalb, Colbert)

At least 4 known endangered or threatened species protected

18 miles of creek and river frontage saved

At least 31 known caves protected

15 working agriculture/grazing properties 

107 Named Trails = 70+ miles with 23 trail entrances maintained

Current Projects

Protecting the Paint Rock

The Paint Rock River is known as one of the Southeast’s last free-flowing rivers and one of the most biologically diverse in the world with around 50 state- or federally-listed species found within the river and its tributaries. Land Trust of North Alabama has an opportunity to purchase a property in Jackson County, primarily lowland farmland, which includes approximately 2/3 mile of Paint Rock River frontage. Make a gift today to preserve another piece of this incredible river and the life it supports.


Providing for the Future of Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve

Current owners and caretakers of Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve have partnered with the Land Trust of North Alabama as they plan for the future of the property. If you are interested in supporting the continued maintenance and protection of this special piece of North Alabama, please visit the link below to learn more or make a donation. Funds will be received by the Land Trust of North Alabama and restricted for Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve.


Preserving Chapman Mountain

Thanks to the generosity of an incredible 470 donors, 92 acres on the west side Chapman Mountain will be preserved! Many stepped up to contribute the $370,000 needed, meeting our deadline within only 3 months. This addition means that Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve will now total 551 acres benefitting people, plants, and animals. Your support makes conservation successes like this one possible!

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Critical Connections: River to the Gap

Envision a permanently preserved corridor of life from the Tennessee River to Blevins Gap. Envision a natural place that connects us through trails and provides a migration corridor and habitat for wildlife to safely travel and flourish. 

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Singing River Trail

Land Trust of North Alabama, in partnership with the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments and the regional Committee of 100, has begun the process of envisioning a 70-mile Singing River Trail that would connect communities and residents of North Alabama from Huntsville to Madison to Decatur to Athens. We’ll continue to share details about the project as they become available. See the Final Master Plan at

Huntsville Greenway Master Plan

The City of Huntsville has partnered with Land Trust of North Alabama to revise and expedite a master greenway plan for pedestrian connectivity across the City of Huntsville. The BIG Picture planning process revealed that citizens, businesses, and planners expect greenways to offer a mix of safe commuter routes as well as connections for recreation and play.  The Land Trust agreement includes assistance with greenway planning preparation and mapping, identifying funding sources – philanthropic as well as grant applications – and working with landowners on acquisition. See the City of Huntsville’s Greenway Master Plan at