Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve, our 7th public preserve, is a 371 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. These trails are not just for hiking though. Mountain bikers and horseback riders are also welcome.
Please Note: As a conservation organization, one of our main responsibilities is to manage the health of our properties. At Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve, we recently discovered an infestation of pine beetles in the area around Driskell Trail. As a result, you may observe tree removals around the end of October or early November. During this time Driskell Trail will be closed. You can learn more about the infestation and our management plans here.
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.
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.
Terry Education Pavilion
Currently under construction, Terry Education Pavilion – a 1,920 square foot, open-air facility – will provide a space to expand our environmental education offerings. The facility will serve as a community gathering space for groups – such as public and private schools and other child-centered organizations (such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, and YMCA) – for hands-on outdoor environmental education programs. Donations from the Terry Family, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and Vulcan Materials Company provided funding needed to construct the pavilion. The pavilion is scheduled to be completed by fall 2018.