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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 - 17

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Favorite Nice limestone rock formation near the primitive lodge
Easy/Intermediate

North Plateau Loop

1.9 mi 3.0 km 79' Up 24.16 m Up 81' Down 24.77 m Down

Huntsville, AL
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 Where the Sinks trail meets Mountain Mist
Difficult

Dizzy Fifties South and North Loops

8.7 mi 14.0 km 604' Up 184.04 m Up 603' Down 183.73 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite The Natural Well:  A very deep cave on Monte Sano
Very Difficult

Grand Viduta, Stage 3 Official

14.2 mi 22.8 km 2,146' Up 653.96 m Up 2,159' Down 658.03 m Down

Huntsville, AL
Favorite Remnant of the historic Monte Sano Railway.
Difficult

Grand Viduta, Stg 2 Official

15.6 mi 25.1 km 1,475' Up 449.52 m Up 1,483' Down 452.08 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 View from atop the Devils Racetrack Trail
Intermediate

Devils Racetrack

3.4 mi 5.4 km 228' Up 69.51 m Up 224' Down 68.15 m Down

Meridia…, 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
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

Huntsville Running

  • 242 Miles 389 Kilometers of Trail
  • 17 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 43 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 66 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 32 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Huntsville - 124

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2.2 mi 3.5 km #1Fanning Trail
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Difficult
Huntsville, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #2Bill and Marion Certain Trail
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
1.6 mi 2.5 km #3Sugar Tree Trail
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate
Owens Cross Roads, AL
1.7 mi 2.8 km #4Varnedoe Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.4 mi 0.7 km #5Red Lizard
Very Difficult
Huntsville, AL
Very Difficult
Huntsville, AL
2.9 mi 4.7 km #6Indian Creek Greenway
Easy
Madison, AL
Easy
Madison, AL
5.6 mi 9.1 km #7Aldridge Creek Greenway
Easy
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Easy
Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8Tennessee River Greenway
Easy
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Easy
Owens Cross Roads, AL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #9Atwood Linear Park Greenway
Easy
Huntsville, AL
Easy
Huntsville, AL
0.5 mi 0.8 km #10Jones Farm Park Greenway
Easy
Huntsville, AL
Easy
Huntsville, AL

Photos of Huntsville - 224

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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
The Balance Rock without a tree on top of it.
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL
The Natural Well:  A very deep cave on Monte Sano
May 18, 2015 near Huntsville, 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
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
The Lost Sinks Waterfall is quite the sight!
May 31, 2017 near Owens C…, AL
Natural Well
Nov 6, 2019 near Huntsville, AL
descending the mountain
Mar 23, 2020 near Huntsville, AL