Huntsville, Alabama is known as a “tech city”. Located within the city are prestigious companies and organizations like Boeing, NASA, and Redstone Arsenal. Huntsville has seen rapid growth in a relatively short amount of time, and is projected to become the biggest city in Alabama. With all of this urban development it’s easy to get excited about the possibilities of entertainment, food, and merchandise that could come to Huntsville, but let’s not forget about one of Huntsville’s most attractive features; natural beauty. 

Whether you are a lifelong resident, live in the city for college, or are on a business trip, nothing clears the mind and expands the heart quite like a good hike through nature, and Huntsville most certainly has you covered. The Land Trust of North Alabama are the stewards of over 60,000 miles of trails for outdoor adventure. Here are some of the options for outdoor recreation in Huntsville. 

Harvest Square Nature Preserve

With 69 acres of land, and over 2 miles of trails Harvest Square Nature Preserve is a nature-lover’s dream. Located just off Jeff Road Harvest Square Preserve is a good place for city dwellers to inject a little nature into their lives. The trails trace ponds and wooded areas creating many opportunities to observe the wildlife that inhabits the preserve.

Monte Sano Nature Preserve

One of the first things you will hear upon arrival in Huntsville is “You HAVE to go to Monte Sano!” There is a good reason that this is such a ubiquitous phrase. Monte Sano Nature Preserve offers 23 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and observing wildlife. Many travel bloggers who visit Huntsville write about Monte Sano

Blevins Gap Nature Preserve

Located in Owens Cross Roads, Blevins Gap Nature Preserve is over 900 acres of outdoor recreation heaven. Known as “Little Appalachian Trail ”, Blevins Gap offers trails that vary both in difficulty and aesthetics, so no matter your skill level there is a trail for you. 

Wade Mountain Nature Preserve

843 acres and 8 miles of trails await you at Wade Mountain Nature Preserve. The trails at this preserve offer unique plants and wildlife. This trail is different than the others as it allows horse riding, as well as hiking and biking. 

These are only a few of the trails and preserves available in and around Huntsville. When the noise and chaos of the city become too much and you need a break, grab a few friends and check out the scenes of nature in Huntsville. Visit the Land Trust of North Alabama website for information on all of the available trails. The website offers maps of the trails so that you can start your hike with full confidence of what lies ahead. Get out there and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. 


Happy hiking!

by: Josh Holland

Josh Holland is a writer who currently studies writing and literature at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Previously, Josh attended the University of North Alabama in Florence where he also studied writing. While attending UNA, Josh had articles published in both SET Magazine and The Flor-Ala. Josh was also published in the UNA Lights and Shadows Literary Arts Magazine, which focuses on fiction. Josh has experience as a video editor, and often writes scripts for online, text-based video content. 

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