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4.6 mile 7.5 kilometer loop
87% Runnable


Ascent: 755' 230 m
Descent: -754' -230 m
High: 1,440' 439 m
Low: 735' 224 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Trail shared by Timothy Walters

A fun run from the bottom to the top of Blevins Gap Preserve.

Timothy Walters

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Trails are officially open dawn to dusk.


This is a hill training route designed to max out the elevation gain on this trail system. It is used by a local known for rocking jorts. Maybe you'll see him up here!

Need to Know

There is limited parallel parking on the street at this trailhead. The north side of the street has no driveways, and there are three driveways on the south side that should never be blocked by trail users (without homeowner permission).

The northern trailhead (on Cecil Ashburn Dr) has plenty of dedicated parking.

If you continue on to West Bluff Trail from Bill and Marion Certain Trail there are some spectacular views of Huntsville and the Tennessee River.


This is a gradual climb up the west flank of Green Mountain on Smoke Rise Trail in the Blevins Gap Preserve, and a fun bomb of a downhill returning to the trailhead via Sugar Tree Trail. Sugar Tree is pretty rocky in places, as is the top of Smoke Rise Trail rise before you pick up Lowery Trail to continue the ascent to the top.

Smoke Rise Trail can get a little muddy if it has rained recently.

Once you've gone up and had a stretch at the Namaste bench on Bill and Marion Certain Trail, start your descent and watch for the old cars on Sugar Tree Trail! The myth is that they were deposited here by a tornado decades ago.

Flora & Fauna

Watch for wildlife! Box Turtles, armadillos, king snakes, and timber rattlesnakes are all pretty common, especially when it is warmer.

Be aware of poison Ivy and check for ticks when you get off the trail.

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Apr 25, 2019
Charlie Murren
They are doing and part of the loop is shorter because of it 3.5mi

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Creek Crossing on Smoke Rise Trail
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Intersection of Certain and West Bluff Trails
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Rocky Section of trail near the end of the Smoke Rise Trail
Jun 22, 2015 near Owens C…, AL
Start of the Smoke Rise Trail
Jun 22, 2015 near Owens C…, AL
Small stream that runs down Certain Trail
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Runners entering Sugar Tree Trail
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