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Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain
Ranked #6 of 76 things to do in Huntsville
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Not to hard to walk with younger kids. Path loops around the lake. Covered bridge. Old cabins and distillery and chapel. Interesting piece of history of the mountain and HSV. Dog friendly. Fishing available for the kids.

Thank Jessica M
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

we have to travel a long distance 50 miles one way to get to Green Mtn. and we think it's worth it. Look in the Huntsville paper to see when a hike is led by an experienced hiker

2  Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

....but we found it not so great.

The pros:
*The caretaker was amazing. So full of information and willing to share. Super friendly.
*The turtles

The rest:
*The trail is run-down. Granted, we did go after several days of rain, but it was not great to walk on
*The bugs. Ok, Admittedly, I am NOT a bug lover, but holy cow, there were 9 million of them and it was not pleasant walking.

The chapel was very cool, as was the log cabin, and the bridge that is pictured above, but that's pretty much all the 'scenery' on the walk. It was a very short (1 mile) walk and we were looking for more.

Thank smw2k
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

This park has a beautiful lake with a covered bridge. There is a walking path that goes all the way around the lake. There is a pavilion with picnic tables as well as many picnic tables under the trees. There is also a small chapel in the woods where many weddings are held

3  Thank co-director
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Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

When I first moved to Huntsville from Florida I was miserable. I thought that there was nothing here, nothing to do. I missed the beauty of the ocean. But then I found Green Mountain! This trail calls to me, I love it most in the fall and winter. It calms me, excites me, it has convinced me to stay in Huntsville. I love it!

1  Thank Serenitymoon
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