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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain

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5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
+1 256-883-9501
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Great little South Huntsville gem

This is such a calm, pretty place to visit. Parking is easy, the trail is about 2 miles, I think... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nicole G
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Madison, Alabama, United States
peaceful place to visit

Nice quiet place to take a hike and things to see such as a chapel, school room, etc. There are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Denise P
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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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“log cabin” (12 reviews)
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LOCATION
5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
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+1 256-883-9501
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"log cabin"
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"beautiful lake"
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"outdoor chapel"
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"easy hike"
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"free park"
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"great place to take pictures"
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"tree canopy"
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"nice picnic"
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"wedding chapel"
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"family photos"
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"picnic area"
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"nice walking"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is such a calm, pretty place to visit. Parking is easy, the trail is about 2 miles, I think? and pretty walkable for most folks. I took my 70 year old parents, and they were fine. Our three year old can walk it in...More

Thank Nicole G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice quiet place to take a hike and things to see such as a chapel, school room, etc. There are ducks to feed and a picnic shelter. Chairs to sit by the lake. Very nice place to just enjoy nature and peace.

Thank Denise P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the nature trail on a Saturday morning. Had a great time. Anybody interested in beautiful nature photography should check this out. A real hidden Gem in South Huntsville!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to go hiking at any time of year. Pleasant areas to enjoy whether at the picnic area, in a rocking chair, at the little chapel, on the bridge, or sitting in the outside classroom. Bring your well behaved dogs too. Great place for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Usually enough parking, though on busy days, that might be in the adjacent field. Free to get in though they accept donations. Clean and well maintained restrooms at the pavilion. Bags to pick up after dogs are available. Sinks and water fountains available at pavilion....More

Thank Farrell R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited often through the years Great place for an outside day, whether picnicing or just for a hike with your dog or your grandchildren. We even held a wedding there.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful walking trail with wonderful scenery. Highly recommend taking your camera and snapping a few shots.

Thank dchassell
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here before school got out and had the whole place to myself. There is an easy trail that loops around the lake that is shaded and goes over a covered bridge. There was a log cabin, a little outdoor chapel, and lots of geese...More

Thank pgamma
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great little trail walk and so peaceful up there. I have been going her ever since I was just a little one.

Thank dartgirl70
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is pleasant place to visit and hike. And there was a group singing gospel music at the pavilion on Sunday morning.

Thank Donald H
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Rita B
May 17, 2017|
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Response from Bobby C | Property representative |
Yes, you can reserve the Pavilion and/or Chapel. If you have a date in mind, give us a call @ 256-883-9501.Thanks. Bobby Cobb / Park Manager
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Tracey C
September 26, 2016|
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Response from DixieBelle71 | Reviewed this property |
Tracy has made some great suggestions. My only word of advice is that there is some major construction going on right by both of these hotels. There is a Hampton Inn in Hampton Cove which is over Hwy 431 mountain. While... More
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tr015
July 8, 2016|
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Response from aislling | Reviewed this property |
I agree, it actually depends where in Madison youre headed, since Madison is quite spread out. It can be anywhere from a 20 to 30 minute trip to 45 minutes, just depends on traffic and where your headed. The Madison Hospital... More
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