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Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve is a 472 acre property located just to the east of Huntsville on HWY 72. While we have plans for 10 miles of trails, a little over 3 miles are currently open and ready to explore. Like all of our public preserves, Chapman Mountain is open dawn to dusk and access is free. These trails are not just for hiking though. Mountain bikers and horseback riders are also welcome and an 18-hole disc golf course is now open to play.
1263 U.S Hwy 72 East, Huntsville, AL 35811
Directions: Coming from Huntsville, cross Chapman Mountain and u-turn at Moores Mill Road. When safe, get into the merge lane on the right (plenty of time). When the silver guard rail ends, be ready to turn right onto the paved entrance. Drive through the gate and down the gravel road to the parking area at the bottom of the hill.
- Moonshine Trail: This easy, half mile trail begins from the parking lot and ends at a natural spring area rumored to have once been used for making moonshine (hence the name).
- Terry Trail: Named for the family who donated the property, this one mile journey takes you to the northern end of the property and back again. Along the way you’ll see large hardwoods, mossy rocks, and an old roadway. As you hike, follow the Big Tree Tour on Terry Trail for an educational guide to the tree species found on this property featuring some of the preserves largest trees.
- Whole Planet Trail: This .2 mile connector from the Moonshine Trail to Terry trail features lots of red buckeye trees. It’s a moderate hike courtesy of our friends at Whole Foods Market, who lended several hands (and lots of volunteer hours) to build many of the trails at Chapman Mountain.
- Amphitheater Trail:This quick and easy .2 mile out-and-back trail leads to an area above the Moonshine Spring. The unique geography below the trail resembles a natural amphitheater.
- Chasco Trail: A half mile, easy loop circles the future location of two scout camp sites near the southern border of the property along Hwy 72.
- Driskell Trail: Another easy loop but this one is a full mile. It starts at the parking lot and circles the disc golf course.
- Bulldog Trail: Currently under construction, this trail utilizes Alabama A&M property that adjoins the north end of Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve.
Terry Education Pavilion
This 1,920 square foot, open-air facility offers a space for environmental education programs and community gatherings. Donations from the Terry Family, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and Vulcan Materials Company provided funding for pavilion construction. Submit our Pavilion Rental Request Form to inquire about availability for your event.
Chapman Pines Disc Golf Course
Chapman Pines Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole course located inside Driskell Trail at Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve. Course map coming soon!