Great Hiking in Alabama’s Madison County Nature Trail

5000 Nature Trail Rd., Huntsville, Alabama Set high above the city of Huntsville—atop aptly named Green Mountain—this network of paths

5000 Nature Trail Rd., Huntsville, Alabama

Set high above the city of Huntsville—atop aptly named Green Mountain—this network of paths in a charming 72-acre park offers the opportunity to observe nature within the southern Appalachians firsthand. On the north side of the 17-acre Sky Lake, along the walking trail, you will come across the original cabin of Charles Green, the homesteader for whom Green Mountain was named.

Overall, about two miles of well-managed trails circle the lake and lead beyond into a woods filled with loblolly pines and hardwoods, like white oak, mockernut hickory, red maple, and black locust. Along the way, some 500 species of trees and shrubs are labeled and identified. You’ll also find the state’s largest and oldest champion elm tree. One side trail is marked in braille for the blind.

–Open year-round except major winter holidays.

www.co.madison.al.us

(256) 883-9501

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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