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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain
Ranked #3 of 57 things to do in Huntsville
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Owner description: 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
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

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank dcollier025
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"covered bridge"
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"log cabin"
in 14 reviews
"picnic tables"
in 15 reviews
"outdoor chapel"
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"beautiful lake"
in 8 reviews
"easy hike"
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"tree roots"
in 4 reviews
"free park"
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"great place to take pictures"
in 2 reviews
"nice picnic"
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"wedding chapel"
in 3 reviews
"nice walking"
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"peaceful walk"
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"picnic grounds"
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"peaceful place to visit"
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"pack a lunch"
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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. It's a highlight of Huntsville's charms.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Jim G
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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!

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Sondra L
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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.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Debra C
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

I live on Green Mountain and have visited this park weekly for the last 27 years. Trails are well maintained, picnic area is very nice. Many photographers come here to do outdoor family portraits. The covered bridge is iconic.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Greg T
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