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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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Absolutely Loved the Sreenity

Went here before school got out and had the whole place to myself. There is an easy trail that... read more

Reviewed yesterday
pgamma
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Orcutt, California
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Peaceful

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

Reviewed 6 days ago
dartgirl70
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Huntsville, Alabama
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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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5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803-3802
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Reviewed yesterday 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 6 days 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 1 week 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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy trail around a mountain top lake. Reproduction log cabin, open air chapel, and a covered bridge are special treats that make the trail lots of fun. My family has been hiking this trail for over 30 years and still love it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to relax and watch the geese and turtles. It’s ok to bring your dog, too. The children will get a kick out of hiking the easy trails around the lake.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The area is well kept clean and clean bathrooms. Nice picnic are with well marked trails to work off the lunch we had. This is a place to take your picnic basket and family to relax and share good family time in a beautiful surroundings.

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

It’s always great to take some time out of a busy day to relax on top of a mountain,along a beautiful lake and easy trails.

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Start by having lunch near the Pavilion overlooking the lake, then set out along the well-marked trail. There's a chapel (weddings performed there!), foot bridges, interesting plants, wildlife, and more to see along the way. There's no charge unless you want to rent the Pavilion...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

I didn't get to walk the trails due to muddy looking trails, and only having one pair of shoes. Though from what I was able to see the trials looked good, and maintained ( there was a guy cleaning them while I showed up) and...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

My husband and I tried to go to the nature trail. There is a subdivision that is being built next door to it. There was a large gate across the road and it said that it is not open to the public. We were very...More

1  Thank Ginas418
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Rita B
18 May 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
26 September 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
9 July 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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