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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain

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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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Always love visitng Green Mountain!

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... read more

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Very relaxing location right on top of Green Mountain. Plenty of parking and clean restroom facilities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Love this place! It is an easy hiking trail going around a beautiful lake. It is a wonderful place for pictures, especially during the fall while the leaves a reflecting off the lake. It is dog friendly also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Get married, conduct an outdoor home school lesson, have a family reunion, take a school field trip, hike around the lake, Green Mountain's got something for everyone! Even a covered bridge across part of the lake. The rustic chapel in the woods is a great venue for that special wedding and its memories. The nature trails are varied and well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

This trail is one of the best trails I've been on so far! I honestly think it's longer than 1/2 mile! We got a little turned around but since we stayed on the trail, we made it out. Around the time we went, it was very slippery from it raining the night before. No bug problem at all! I was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

My wife and I have wanted to walk this trail for some time now. This past weekend was our first opportunity. What a great experience! The trail is very easy to walk (my wife has some health conditions that make walking some trails difficult). The covered bridge and the outdoor classroom were great surprises. Walking around the lake was a... More 

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