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Address: 5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
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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Great place to take the kids

Wonderful place to take the kids and let them play in a natural setting. The trail around the lake is an easy walk. only down side is that adjacent neighborhoods are starting to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to take the kids and let them play in a natural setting. The trail around the lake is an easy walk. only down side is that adjacent neighborhoods are starting to encroach around the park.

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Madison, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is awesome. If you like History and hiking. I highly recommend it. The old bridge and first Huntsville home is very interesting. I take family and friends from out of town when they come visit.

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Florida City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another great park in Huntsville area but this one is special. Lots of shady trees, great little spots to relax, tons of seating on the grounds and very peaceful.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of our favorit spots atop beautiful Green Mountain. Perfect family hike around a picturesque lake, feed the ducks and Canadian Honkers (geese) as they stop off on their way north and south, this is a preferred resting point. Visit historic cabin along path, feed fish on covered bridge, and visit outdoor chapel where weddings are booked. All in all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to have a not super challenging hike, a great place if you like trail running, there are picnic tables and rocking chairs, and a small chapel in the woods you can even get married at. Beautiful especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. Great for families, couples, or even flying solo. No cell... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This nature trail is one-of-a-kind! It has great views and it is kept very clean. We like to visit here on Sunday afternoons. You will want to be sure to grab your camera before you visit this nature trail!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

What a lovely morning spent exploring the nature trail! With the promise of finding the covered bridge, this place really delivered. It was refreshing to spend some time in this beautiful spot and the bridge was just awesome.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

This is a park (72 acres) with a large pond and nature trails. The trails are pretty flat. The trail is well marked but has the normal roots and rocks. The trails would not be wheelchair accessible. There is a pavilion for rent. Also lots of picnic table by the pond. There are usually duck and/or geese there. I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Barbara and I have heard about Green Mountain but what could possibly be in the virtual middle of the city? The drive there was a wonderful ride giving a foretelling of what was at the end of the road. We arrived at the Attendent's Shack and asked directions. He came out and started us on the trail explaining how it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I really loved seeing the pictures on TripAdvisor of the bridge but its a must see..in person!! I love the beauty of this place.

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