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While Huntsville is one of Alabama's premier cities, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of recreational opportunities for visitors. With many parks spread throughout the city, and maintained trails and playing fields throughout, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature.

Camping & Lodging

All three state parks in the Huntsville area with trail systems also offer lodging options such as primitive camping, cabins, RV campsites, and hotel rooms. Huntsville, Guntersville, and Fort Payne also have a number of hotels, with Huntsville offering the greatest variety.

Other Activities

Other opportunities for recreation include kayaking and canoeing in the Flint River and the Tennessee River, as well as other tributaries to the Tennessee River. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Burritt Museum, and Big Spring Park are three local attractions that visitors won't want to miss.

Gems in Huntsville - 1

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gem Favorite A goat!  Looking down the bluff from Golan Heights. Keith Trail further down the bluff.

Golan Heights

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Recommended Routes in Huntsville - 18

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Favorite Creek Crossing on Smoke Rise Trail
Difficult

Blevins Gap

11.2 mi 18.0 km 1,581' Up 481.78 m Up 1,580' Down 481.54 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite The Balance Rock without a tree on top of it.
Difficult

Rainbow Mountain

2.3 mi 3.7 km 432' Up 131.75 m Up 461' Down 140.42 m Down

Madison, AL
Favorite Entrance to the Stone Cuts, it is visible from the trail at its intersection with the bypass.
Difficult

Stone Cuts to Golan Heights Loop

4.1 mi 6.5 km 666' Up 203.13 m Up 668' Down 203.59 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite The old embankment for the 175 foot trestle that use to cross Fagan Creek. The old stone footings are not used to support a trail bridge.
Very Difficult

Grand Viduta, Stg 1 Official

13.0 mi 20.9 km 1,183' Up 360.49 m Up 1,200' Down 365.75 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite Creek Crossing on Smoke Rise Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Jean Shorts Special

4.6 mi 7.5 km 755' Up 230.21 m Up 754' Down 229.93 m Down

Owens C…, AL
Favorite Main trail is marked with pink ribbon.
Intermediate

Green Mountain Preserve and Buzzard Falls

4.6 mi 7.5 km 313' Up 95.45 m Up 313' Down 95.55 m Down

Owens C…, AL
Favorite The old embankment for the 175 foot trestle that use to cross Fagan Creek. The old stone footings are not used to support a trail bridge.
Intermediate/Difficult

Old Railroad Bed to Alms House

1.7 mi 2.7 km 177' Up 53.84 m Up 190' Down 58.01 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite Dry Falls
Difficult

High Trail to Hotel Basin

4.4 mi 7.0 km 738' Up 224.98 m Up 737' Down 224.78 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite Waterfall and rock wall on the Bostick Trail.  When dry you can climb up to the top of it.
Intermediate

Wade Mountain Loop

5.3 mi 8.5 km 455' Up 138.73 m Up 455' Down 138.69 m Down

Meridia…, AL

Huntsville Running

  • 244 Miles 393 Kilometers of Trail
  • 18 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 40 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 65 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 23 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Huntsville - 110

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0.8 mi 1.3 km #1Stone Cuts Trail
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #2Dallas Branch Trail
Easy
Huntsville, AL
Easy
Huntsville, AL
2.2 mi 3.5 km #3McKay Hollow Trail
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
2.6 mi 4.2 km #4Natural Well
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #5Bill and Marion Certain Trail
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #6Varnedoe Trail
Very Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Very Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #7Spring Trail
Very Difficult
Madison, AL
Very Difficult
Madison, AL
4.7 mi 7.6 km #8Arrowhead Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
0.8 mi 1.3 km #9Waterline Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
Huntsville, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #10Lost Sinks Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL

Photos of Huntsville - 224

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The Natural Well:  A very deep cave on Monte Sano
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
View of South Huntsville.  You can see the NASA test stand where the Saturn 5 engines were tested in the 60s and the Tennessee River.
May 4, 2015 near Owens C…, AL
descending the mountain
Mar 23, 2020 near Huntsville, AL
The Balance Rock without a tree on top of it.
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL
Natural Well
Nov 6, 2019 near Huntsville, AL
The Lost Sinks Waterfall is quite the sight!
May 31, 2017 near Owens C…, AL
Waterfall and rock wall at the start of the East Fork of Pinhook Creek on the Harris Trail.  When dry you can climb around this.
Jul 23, 2015 near Meridia…, AL
Waterfall and rock wall on the Bostick Trail.  When dry you can climb up to the top of it.
Jul 23, 2015 near Meridia…, AL