Nature Preserve/Birding Trails Offer Fun for Free!

Posted by Matt Curtis on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 8:18am.

Bored of the Usual?

Looking for some fun free activities in the Huntsville and Madison area that don’t include the usual trip to the mall? Interested in doing something educational that doesn’t cost big bucks? If it’s rainy outside, try the skating rink. But when the weather cooperates, try these outdoor activities that don’t cost anything but time.

Nature Preserves 

The Madison County Land Trust boasts several lovely nature preserves with lots of hiking trails:


The paths are paved at Hays Preserve for walking, jogging, and hiking.  Located next to the Flint River, it has a very interesting playground that my daughter used to love, known as the Terrame Natural Playground. The playground was constructed from wood and ropes and has a hammock, swinging bridge, and teepees underneath huge shade trees.

Birding Trails

Your kids will love to explorer Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Decatur, where they can see ecological displays of cranes, critters, and reptiles.  Take a walk outside to explore the birding trail in the beautiful Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

By: Stephanie L. Robertson

Stephanie L. Robertson is a writer and editor who maintains a southern lifestyle blog at []. A busy Christian wife and mom, Stephanie and her husband of 19 years live in the Huntsville area with their teenage daughter. Stephanie has a self-published short suspense story on Amazon and is working on adding a novel.  When not immersed in mom/wife life, she enjoys home décor, photography, Pinterest projects, coffee with family and friends, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel.