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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain

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Address: 5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
Phone Number: +1 256-883-9501
07:00 - 18:30
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Madison County Nature Trail

The Madison County Nature Trail was constructed...

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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Found this on trip advisor for this to do. Great nature trail!! Clean and well maintained trail and park. I can't believe it's county owned and maintained and free admission... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Found this on trip advisor for this to do. Great nature trail!! Clean and well maintained trail and park. I can't believe it's county owned and maintained and free admission. Very nice covered picnic area and very nice and clean bathrooms. Trail goes around a large lake with a covered bridge. Length is less than 2 miles. If your in... More 

Thank Ironman91
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well maintained trails for easy hiking with the kids and pups. Pavilion and bathrooms were clean and easily accessible. Beautiful setting for family photos with interesting history.

Thank Mariel M
Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family has been to the nature trail at all times of the year and loved it every time. It is a nice leisurely stroll through nature around the lake.

Thank Andy6205
Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Love to come here and walk the nature trail. Never tire of the covered bridge. It is kept up well and the staff are very helpful

Thank Shelia G
Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

we had the same idea that many people had the day we went. 2-4 pm is best for lighting exposure for photos. From the woodland scenes, old covered bridge and cabin to the chapel, there are many pretty venues to highlight family photos in the october days.

Thank Jenna D
Greenville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

My husband & I went later in the afternoon and did not have a lot of time to explore. I would recommend arriving by noon or sooner. The drive up is a beautiful residential area and we spotted several deer in front yards. Beautiful countryside. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We chose a Sunday that was a little cooler than it has been and that combined with the altitude and tree canopy made for a beautifully pleasant hike. The terrain is very easy and enjoyable. The trail is well-kept and the lake views are stunning. To end the afternoon we sat in the rockers at the entrance and listened to... More 

Thank cindyannsmith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Been going to Nature Trail on Green Mountain for over 30 years. It's better than ever! Perfect place for a nice stroll around the lake, a picnic, or just take a chair and sit by the water. My wife and I love taking our dog for a walk there on Sunday afternoons. He loves it too. Best things the Madison... More 

Thank Lynn K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Great easy hiking trails for all to enjoy. Pavilion and picnic tables available for gatherings and I think you can call to reserve the larger area for reunions and other events. I strongly recommend this hike for the fall and spring time but is enjoyable year-round. Easy to access and great for kids to enjoy. The suspension bridge is always... More 

Thank DixieBelle71
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Simple, easy and pretty. Neat little log cabin pavilion area is the starting point for an easy 1.5 mile walk around the pond. Lots of turtles poking around during the summer. The covered bridge is straight out of a movie.

Thank Dan M

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