This preserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy in Alabama and maintained in partnership with Land Trust of North Alabama.
As you step on the trail at Keel Mountain Preserve, you are immediately immersed in a forest of oak, hickory, smoketree, and cedar. Ruggedly beautiful limestone bluffs are spotted with sinkholes and glade-like openings. The creek beds at this preserve can run high, or run dry very quickly according to the local rainfalls. A small waterfall flowing into a sinkhole has been dubbed by local residents as the “lost sink.” The area is home to the federally endangered Morefield’s leather flower, a unique and little known plant; it has been found in only six populations (all located within the Huntsville Mountains). Located near Esslinger Hollow, this preserve includes a total of 310 acres on the southwest slopes of Keel Mountain.
1787 McMullen Road, Gurley, AL 35748