Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Equestrian Trail, Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Location: Trail system along the southern slopes of Green Mountain located approximately 13 miles southeast of Huntsville, Alabama and just north of the Tennessee River
From I-65, take I-565 E and US-231 S to Memorial Pkwy SW in Huntsville. Take the exit toward Weatherly Rd/Whitesburg Dr from US-231 S/Memorial Pkwy SW (25.4 mi). Take Weatherly Rd SE, Bailey Cove Rd SE and Green Mountain Rd SE to S Shawdee Rd SE (6.9 mi). Green Mountain Nature Preserve’s Alum Hollow Trailhead is located on the right at 13800 S Shawdee Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803.
Green Mountain Nature Preserve, owned and managed by Land Trust of North Alabama, opened in 2016 after long-time Land Trust supporters donated 122 acres with hopes that others would “travel up to Green Mountain to enjoy the beautiful trees, bluffs, and streams.” The preserve has grown over the years with several additions from land donations as well as acquisitions funded through community support. This unique property features two primary streams and waterfalls that flow most of the year, ultimately contributing to the Tennessee River. It also holds a prehistoric Native American camp (ca.10,300 – 9,100 BC) as well as Alum Cave, a rock shelter that was used during the Middle Woodland period (1AD – 500AD). This preserve includes a variety of interesting natural and historic features and offers visitors over 5 miles of trails, varying from easy to difficult.
Alum Hollow Trail, the 1 mile main trail in the Green Mountain network, follows the bluff and is easily navigable with the exception of a steep downhill climb at the end. The final destination is Alum Falls, a picturesque waterfall, and around the corner Alum Cave, a rock overhang that the Native Americans used for shelter. East Plateau & West Plateau Trails are primarily flat with gentle hills and a few boardwalks. Both begin and end along Alum Hollow Trail. Stonefly Trail meanders down the mountain connecting to a nearby subdivision. Talus Trail, meaning “a sloping mass of rock fragments”, is appropriate named for its very rocky terrain. The trail takes a steep climb down the mountainside and into the hollow, offering a challenge for hikers. Ranger Trail, also rated difficult, takes its name from the remnants of the Ranger Truck abandoned alongside it. This trail ventures downhill then loops back uphill to Alum Cave and the waterfall.
The trail network serves as a portion of the City of Huntsville’s Greenway Master Plan as well as the Land Trust’s River to Gap initiative, a vision for a permanently preserved corridor stretching from Blevins Gap on the northern edge of Green Mountain south to the Tennessee River (approximately 7.5 miles).
The surrounding community has embraced the preserve and provides the bulk of volunteer support needed to maintain the trails. Trail building projects were completed and continue with many volunteer hours contributed by neighbors working alongside Land Trust staff.
Regular trail care work days are held at least twice a month at Land Trust nature preserves. The location for these work days is determined based on need. Visitors, volunteers, and staff report trail problems and the Land Manager prioritizes projects and allocates resources to address them. Preserve rules are posted on trailhead kiosks to provide information such as: opening hours (dawn to dusk), permitted and prohibited uses (i.e. no motorized vehicles, no bikes 24 hours after rainfall, no hunting, camping, etc.), behaviors expected of all visitors (i.e. leave no trace, stay on marked trails, no trail modifications, etc.). Seasonal tips are also posted on trailhead kiosks which include recommendations to encourage visitors to use caution and enjoy trails in a responsible way (examples: bring a buddy/map/water, be aware of seasonal hazards – ticks, snakes, etc.). Visitors are instructed to notify local law enforcement if they encounter suspicious activity. The Land Trust also maintains relationships with preserve neighbors who help monitor activity on the property and in some cases these partners also handle regular maintenance tasks – mowing, trail building/maintenance, litter cleanup – in coordination with Land Trust staff. Local groups, businesses, and individuals can adopt trails through out Trail Care Partners program in order to provide additional maintenance and monitoring. All trails are well marked and a trail map is provided on the trailhead kiosk but can also be downloaded from landtrustnal.org.
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Average Grade: 4%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 806
Elevation High Point: 1,368
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2021
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Green Mountain Nature Preserve - landtrustnal.org
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Land Trust of North Alabama
2707 Artie St SW Suite 6
Huntsville, AL 35805
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