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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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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain

This is a great place to spend an afternoon watching nature. They have picnic grounds, covered and... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
John N
Huntsville, United States
It's nature...what's not to like?

Love coming here any time of the year. The scenery changes along with the seasons. Lovely spot to... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Gina H
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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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5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
+1 256-883-9501
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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
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The beauty the stillness of this nature trails are just soul inspiring. This place can renew you from the darkest place that you may be in right now. What you see what you navigate thru makes you understand why you have to climb a mountain...More

Thank qoftravel25
Reviewed 2 May 2017

great to take your animals, take photo's just to relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Takes great photo's

Thank dcollier025
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I've been to the Madison County Nature Trail a number of times over the past 30 years or so, and it's always a pleasure. Unspoiled nature, more than one (relatively) clearly marked paths to take, no crowds, unless you've chosen a Scout or club outing....More

Thank shogenjim
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We enjoy this park any time of year. The covered bridge is a huge draw, as is the beautiful pond. Lve to go in the fall and enjoy the color!

Thank Sondra L
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I planned a meet up there, we walked the trial, enjoyed looking at the church, and inside the cabin. We enjoyed crossing over the big covered bridge. It was cold so we didn't do a picnic lunch near the lake.

Thank Debra C
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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