This 935-acre preserve located in North Huntsville, offers approximately 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. The trail system can be accessed directly from Spragins Hollow Trailhead or take a short stroll down The City of Huntsville’s Wade Mountain Greenway (a paved walking path) to access the hiking trails from Pulaski Pike Trailhead. A pavilion provides a shady spot to gather along the Greenway.
- Pulaski Pike – 6946 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
This trailhead is located at the end of the City of Huntsville’s Wade Mountain Greenway. From the parking lot on Pulaski Pike, follow the paved greenway about 1 mile. As the paved pathway ends, Land Trust trails begin!
- Spragins Hollow – 10130 Spragins Hollow Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
- Fleming (no parking available) – Parking for Fleming Trailhead is at Spragins Hollow Trailhead. From the Spragins Hollow Parking Lot, walk down Spragins Hollow Road approximately one half mile. Fleming Trailhead will be on your right.
- Devil’s Racetrack: (1.74 mi) This trail begins from Spragins Hollow Trailhead with an easy stroll through the woods but eventually takes a turn uphill. Though mostly a gentle change in elevation, there are a few sections that could present a moderate challenge for some. As you reach the top of the trail, it takes a sharp turn and then loops around the mountain’s top. From there you’ll get a clear view as the trail runs adjacent to the powerline cut. The cool rock formations along the trail along the uphill section and the interesting change in terrain and view around the loop make for a memorable hike.
- Piney Loop Trail: (.62 mi) This short loop trail begins directly off of the Spragins Hollow Trailhead. It’s a great quick and easy hike for families or anyone wanting a short nature walk.
- Fleming Trail (.08 mi) | NICA Trail (1.3 mi) | Low Peak Trail (0.4 mi): These two trails are accessed from Fleming Trailhead and were designed as a training area for beginner mountain bikers, designed in partnership with local school bike teams and Huntsville Area Mountainbike Riders (HAMR).
- Wade Mtn Greenway (0.87 mi): Beginning from Pulaski Pike Trailhead, this paved pathway is managed by the City of Huntsville, part of their greenway system. This section offers an easy, flat stroll perfect for families with strollers or anyone wanting an accessible option. At the end of the paved greenway, Land Trust hiking trails begin.
What You’ll Find
The mountain’s geology influences the area’s microclimate which may be considered almost semi-arid. The land is steep and composed primarily of limestone capped by a layer of sandy soil. Water drains the area quickly, leaving little for the plants which are different from those typical of the area and often smaller than normal. The white ash, cedar, hickory, and scrub glade supports unique species, including wild turkeys.
As in most karst topography, there are numerous sinkholes, six springs (four of them intermittent or wet weather dependent), and two waterfalls. Wade Mountain and its springs are the headwaters of Pinhook Creek, which feeds into Huntsville Spring Branch in the heart of Huntsville.
The Preserve includes the Devil’s Race Track, a significant geologic feature which has one of the best views of north Huntsville and views to Tennessee on a clear day. This feature is a rock outcropping of limestone and is generally covered with grasses and wildflowers. Folklore that claims the Cherokee Indians raced horses atop the mountain.