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 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 – 603 Cleermont Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
- 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.
- South Monte Sano – 1970 Monte Sano Blvd SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Three Caves – 901 Kennamer Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Some suggested highlights include:
- Three Caves Loop: Circle the perimeter of a large, former limestone quarry now used as a unique venue for public events including a summer concert series and Moon Over Three Caves Dance each fall.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Pictured: Fagan Creek at Wildflower Trail
Self-Guided Trail Tours
Check out one of these suggested hikes, including interesting content about the area you’ll encounter along the way. These self-guided trail tours are prepared by Land Trust hike leaders.