Monte Sano Nature Preserve is one of the largest urban land preserves in the United States. Only two miles from Downtown Huntsville, this 1100+ acre natural escape features over 22 miles of free public trails for hiking, biking, and outdoor recreation. Land Trust trails on Monte Sano offer varying levels of difficulty and also connect to the trail networks managed by Monte Sano State Park and Burritt on the Mountain. This nature preserve showcases the importance of conservation with an abundance of native wildflowers, karst features, historically significant sites, sink holes, waterfalls and more.
- Bankhead – 2442 Bankhead Pkwy NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Cleermont – 506 Cleermont Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801 (limited parking) – Attention: This parking area will be closed from 3:30-5 PM this week (7/19-23) for Nature Play Camp pickup.
- Cold Springs – 150 Fearn St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Oak Park – 2250 Oakwood Ave NE, Huntsville, AL 35801 – Park Rules: Please walk bikes through the park as you cross to and from the trailhead. Trailhead located behind baseball fields.
- South Monte Sano – 1970 Monte Sano Blvd SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Three Caves – 901 Kennamer Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Some suggested highlights include:
- Wildflower Trail: A great family hike! The trail winds alongside Fagan Creek and in the spring offers a beautiful display of native wildflowers.
- Old Railroad Bed Trail: Follow the path of one of the country’s oldest, and shortest-lived, rail corridors—Monte Sano Railway. As you hike the narrow dirt and stone bed, you will pass waterfalls and the original stone bridge supports. FREE Audio Self-Guided Trail Tour along Old Railroad Bed Trail available in the TravelStorys app.
- High Trail: While a challenging hike, this trail passes a small quarry and the remnants of Monte Sano Hotel (accessed using Hotel Basin Trail). Built in the late 1800’s, this resort promised fresh water springs, cool climates, and valley views.
- Three Caves Loop: Circle the perimeter of a large, former limestone quarry. The open area outside of the cave openings is now used as a unique venue for Land Trust fundraising events including Concerts at Three Caves and Moon Dance. Three Caves is not open for visitors due to falling rock inside.
- Bankhead Trailhead: Located at Land Trust’s Hiker’s Parking Lot off of Bankhead Parkway, this trailhead serves as a great starting point for hikes as it sits at the intersection of several trails. Find a trail map to plan your hike at landtrustnal.org/trailmaps.
- Bankhead Pavilion: Located at Land Trust’s Hiker’s Parking Lot off of Bankhead Parkway, Bankhead Pavilion is perfect spot for a picnic and can also be reserved for small private gatherings. Submit our Pavilion Rental Request Form to inquire about availability.