Acquisition of land is only 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. Visit our Volunteer and Support pages to learn how you can help support this important work.
Land Trust Preserved Property
7616 Acres preserved in 5 counties
(Madison, Limestone, Jackson, Marshall, Dekalb)
15+ miles of creek and river frontage saved
At least 56 known caves protected
14 working properties (297 acres): Agriculture / Grazing
97 Named Trails = 70+ miles with 28 trail entrances maintained
Critical Connections: River to the Gap
The Vision: Creating a Connection from the Tennessee River to Blevins Gap
Envision a permanently preserved corridor of life, a natural place where connections are made and our unique sense of place is displayed. Envision a place that binds us together with trails and provides a migration corridor and habitat for wildlife to safely travel and flourish. Connecting the Tennessee River to Blevins Gap would provide such a place. It would connect the life-giving waters of the Tennessee River to our mountain top vistas. It would skirt rocky outcroppings that shelter some of our tiniest creatures. It would lead you through groves of wild azaleas, trillium, and phlox that punctuate the new green of spring. It would be a place of respite.
Critical Connections: Preserving Monte Sano
There is an exciting opportunity to protect 122 acres on the northeast corner of Monte Sano that would expand preserved land on the mountain. This acquisition would protect a popular portion of hiking trails (part of the State Park trail system), including a route allowing navigation around Logan Point.
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 singingrivertrail.com.
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.