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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain

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5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
+1 256-883-9501
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A Good Place to Hike With Your Dog

The Madison County Nature Trail is located on the west side of Shawdee Road on top of Green... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Huntsville, Alabama
Nice Place for an easy hike

Nature tail is delightful to walk and the covered bridge is fun... Lots of trees and is family... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Linda F
Huntsville, Alabama
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Madison County Nature Trail The Madison County Nature Trail was constructed beginning in 1974 with completion in 1975. The construction was financed jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Madison County Commission. It has been noted that the Chairman, James Record, had a special love for nature and the environment and was instrumental in the building of the Nature Trail. The Nature Trail is a Park for all seasons containing 72 acres which rests above the surrounding communities atop Green Mountain in southeast Huntsville. The Park is open free to the public each day from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes prior to sunset, closing only on Christmas Day and New Years Day, or during inclement weather. Sky Lake which consists of 17 acres of mountain water is encompassed by a 1 ½ mile trail. Other facilities include an open air pavilion, a-frame chapel, outdoor classroom, covered bridge, picnic area and accessible restrooms. Use of the Pavilion and Chapel are provided by reservation with all other areas of the Park used on a first come first served basis. Fishing is provided for children less than 16 years of age or seniors over 60. A fishing fee is charged and fishing is allowed Monday through Friday only. Since the construction of the Nature Trail, renovations consisting of trail improvements and restroom improvements were completed in 1998. Funding was provided by a National Recreational Trails Grant provided through the Alabama Department of Economic and community Affairs. In 2012 a grant was also obtained providing for a new waterfall pump and accessories. There have also been several projects improving the facilities, many of which have been accomplished through volunteers such as Boy Scouts earning various merits up to and including Eagle Scout. The Nature Trail is funded by the Madison County Commission. It is operated by a Park Manager (Bobby Cobb), Park Maintenance Worker, and two Part Time Park Attendants. During open hours there is always one employee present for safety and security reasons. The Nature Trail is recognized as a Treasure Forest by the Alabama Forestry Commission. It is also considered a Wildlife Sanctuary. The entire Park although owned and operated by the Madison County Commission lies within the city limits of the City of Huntsville. Bobby Cobb / Park Manager
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“picnic tables” (13 reviews)
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5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
+1 256-883-9501
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Madison County Nature Trail is located on the west side of Shawdee Road on top of Green Mountain. The drive up is very pleasant and there are a few nice vistas to photograph on top. The park itself is well maintained and clean and...More

Thank Bmanwest
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Nature tail is delightful to walk and the covered bridge is fun... Lots of trees and is family friendly

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is one of my favorite trails to take the dogs since there are places they can get in the water. The trail around the lake takes about one hour and is an easy hike with wide, level paths. There are several attractions around this...More

Thank Sparklytutu
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Great place for couples or families. Our Son got his engagement pictures taken there. I recommend for everyone.

3  Thank Lynn30620
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The nature trail is a beautiful, easy walk. It has a nice covered bridge, old homestead and little church all tucked away on the trail. It is beautiful antytime of the year! It also has a large picnic area and everything is shaded in the...More

Thank hsv2328
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a great place to spend an afternoon watching nature. They have picnic grounds, covered and uncovered, a small waterfall, an old log cabin and outdoor chapel that is very tiny but cute. The walking trail is nice and the covered bridge is a...More

Thank John N
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Love coming here any time of the year. The scenery changes along with the seasons. Lovely spot to take photos, take a walk, or just sit and zen...best of all it's free!

Thank Gina H
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

I've been on a few different trails and I was very impressed with them here. I had my dog along with me and we were able to navigate around a huge trail that was just over 2 miles. So great and wow beautiful views!

Thank Ashley E
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Nice area to walk an easy trail. The lake is very nice. I could just spend all day sitting in one of the swings watching the lake. Can be a little crowded in the summertime.

Thank 38thalabama
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Excellent hike around a lake with several small water runs and a covered bridge. Facility also has picnic area, restrooms, and a few vending machines for drinks. No admission charge. Fishing is allowed for seniors and kids with a day permit that can be purchased...More

1  Thank Eddie P
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Rita B
18 May 2017|
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Response from Bobby C | Property representative |
Yes, you can reserve the Pavilion and/or Chapel. If you have a date in mind, give us a call @ 256-883-9501.Thanks. Bobby Cobb / Park Manager
Tracey C
26 September 2016|
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Response from DixieBelle71 | Reviewed this property |
Tracy has made some great suggestions. My only word of advice is that there is some major construction going on right by both of these hotels. There is a Hampton Inn in Hampton Cove which is over Hwy 431 mountain. While... More
8 July 2016|
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Response from aislling | Reviewed this property |
I agree, it actually depends where in Madison youre headed, since Madison is quite spread out. It can be anywhere from a 20 to 30 minute trip to 45 minutes, just depends on traffic and where your headed. The Madison Hospital... More