Huntsville has plenty of trails, and new ones being blazed all the time. But what if you live in Madison and want to take a jaunt without driving into Huntsville? You’ve got options!


Hiking Trails in Madison

Rainbow Mountain Trail is a 1.5 mile loop off Hughes Road, on 230 Stoneway Trail. It’s moderately trafficked and rated as moderate in difficulty. It features a public use pavilion at the trailhead, and playground equipment for the kids. This trail has a forested setting and is suitable for walking, hiking, or running. Look out for Balance Rock, a notable rock formation on the trail. Rainbow Mountain is dog friendly. 

Indian Creek Greenway (360 Harvest Court) is a great place for a leisurely stroll, but its paved path accommodates runners and cyclists as well. It’s also got a playground, public use pavilion, and restrooms. Indian Creek is made up of two segments which are planned to be joined in the future. One path runs south for about a mile towards Highway 72, and features wooded areas in addition to outlets leading to the Providence community residences, shops, and restaurants. Another, longer path runs for about three miles along a creek through woods and farmland. Additional parking is available for the longer segment in an unpaved lot at the trailhead on Old Madison Pike, a quarter mile east of Slaughter Road.

Bradford Creek Greenway (274 Palmer Road) is a 2.3 mile asphalt trail. Wheelchair accessible, the trail features lanes for walking or running, and for biking or inline skating. Sights include dense forest, wetland, and wildlife such as beavers, deer, and birds.

Mill Creek Greenway is a short recreation trail running from Mill Creek Road under Balch Road to Browns Ferry Road. From the city of Madison’s website: Mill Creek Greenway can be accessed via Mill Road between the new Millstone subdivision and the new Mill Creek Elementary.  Soon there will also be access from Browns Ferry Road at the new Balch Road extension.

By: Stephen Locke

Stephen Locke grew up in north Alabama, and returned to find a beautiful wife and East Limestone mutt to call family, after years of toil and revelry afar, and having absorbed the lesson, "Don'tcha think, sometime's it's wise not to grow up?" His true loves include waterfalls, houseplants, architecture, photography, basketball, and whistling along to his favorite guitar solos. 

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