Trail Rules + Tips

Help us provide a positive outdoor experience for all.

Trail Rules

For everyone’s benefit and safety, please adhere to our simple land use rules so that we may continue providing a positive outdoor experience for all.

  • Trails open dawn to dusk
  • Trails open for hiking, biking, and horseback riding*
    *Horseback riding is ONLY permitted at Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve or Wade Mountain Nature Preserve
  • No motorized vehicles
  • Please stay on marked trails
  • No new trail construction or alterations allowed without prior permission
  • Leave no trace – carry out what you bring in
  • If you find an interesting plant or artifact, please take a photo and share it with us (@landtrustnal) but please do not remove it from the property.
  • Pets welcome, must be leashed
  • Bicycles are not permitted 24 hours after rainfall
  • The following activities are NOT ALLOWED:
    Fires • Hunting • Camping • Flying of Drones • Slack Lining
    Removal of Plants, Minerals, or Artifacts • Rock Climbing • Rappelling

Questions or Concerns? Call us at 256-534-5263.


Hiking Tips

  • Let someone know where you’ll be hiking and never hike alone. Companions are for safety as well as for sharing the scenery and fun. Make certain your phone is charged. Take photos to capture the outdoor memories!
  • Pack a map and compass. Know how to use a map, compass, or GPS device as there may not always be cell service available. Downloadable PDF trail maps are available on each preserve page. Land Trust members receive access to our FREE Trail Map App! Not a member? Join Today.
  • Hydrate – before, during, and after a hike! Always carry water with you while on the trail. Maintaining body fluids is essential!
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing. A long-sleeved shirt and light-weight nylon pants are a good idea. Don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Carry out what you carry in. Bring a garbage bag and plastic gloves. Help keep the trails clean by picking up trash.
  • Hiking with Pets: Hiking with your dog can add a wonderful dimension to your time on the trail but plan before you go. Please keep your dog on a leash. Make sure the terrain you plan to hike is suitable for your dog. Just in case, your dog should wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your contact information.
  • Don’t disturb the wildlife – it’s their home. Observe and enjoy wildlife and plant life but leave them undisturbed. Picking, collecting, or damaging living plants, trees, artifacts, and critters is not allowed on Land Trust property.