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Address: 5000 Nature Trail Road, Huntsville, AL 35803
Phone Number: 12568839501
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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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Beautifully Serene

We stopped by for a mid afternoon walk and greatly enjoyed the quiet serenity that the trail provided us. The 1.5 mile trail around the lake is very comfortable and felt much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hayden, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for a mid afternoon walk and greatly enjoyed the quiet serenity that the trail provided us. The 1.5 mile trail around the lake is very comfortable and felt much shorter than it is. We stopped at a bench on one of the piers where we enjoyed the view awhile on our way back. If a quiet stroll... More 

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Mc Calla, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by this lake and nature trail on our way out of Huntsville. It was raining so we were unable to walk the trail. Will be back to fish the lake since we meet the age requirement (over 60 yr.old). This is a lovely area that is well taken care of.

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Thank Fiery2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

This park is beautiful. We even went on a rainy day & it was still amazing. Lovely covered bridge & lake. It was especially beautiful to see in the fall.

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Thank Meredith C
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

When I visit my family, we often come to Green Mountain nature trail. The scenery around the lake is great and we love the covered bridge. It's always nice to come here during fall when the leaves change. Great for taking pictures.

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Hazel Green, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Been visiting this place for 40 years. This park is very well kept. You can hike around the lake to see historic cabins, feed "Cheerios" to the ducks & fish and have a picnic on one of the many tables under the shade trees. There is also a covered pavilion with electrical power and bathrooms.

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Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We took our grandson to the park and we walked the trail around the lake, and fed the large catfish from the covered bridge. We will take him fishing here in the future. We went in the early fall, and the weather was delightful, which contributed to a wonderfully peaceful, pleasant afternoon hike.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I had heard that the fall colors at Madison County Nature Trail were great, but seeing them with my own eyes was breath-taking! Be sure and take your camera! The reflection of the trees on the lake was absolutely gorgeous!! Walk the well-manicured hiking trails to explore the covered bridge and the chapel, or relax in the abundance of shaded... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This trail is a little piece of heaven, tucked away from the busy city of Hunstville. The hike was a mile at the most on easy terrain. We walked it during light snow fall on a sunny, blue sky day and it was beautiful. Quite and serene with some historical facts about the area along the way. Most stop at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A fantastic experience for all ages! This is a beautiful sanctuary for nature lovers. It's peaceful. It's beautiful. It's a perfect location for serene pictures, a peaceful hike, and breathing fresh air. An easy hike, as long as you have appropriate shoes! I did hike this in my Fitflops, but there are lots of roots on the paths and appropriate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A very nice area for picnics as well as walking trails. We did our daughters senior pictures there too and a lot of folks were there doing the same thing. It's a short drive from civilization and not too crowded on a regular day. The picnic area was pretty large and there was a small group setup playing music there... More 

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