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  Parks & Recreation
The Huntsville community provides a strong atmosphere for social and recreational enjoyment for the entire family. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the natural beauty of the area contains unlimited opportunities for hiking, biking, golfing, outdoor exploration and water sports on the Tennessee River. The mild climate allows for outdoor enjoyment throughout much of the year with Monte Sano Mountain State Park providing a unique outlet for recreational opportunities. Home to minor league professional baseball and hockey teams, Huntsville also strongly supports college athletics with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Alabama A&M University hosting frequent events.
The Land Trust of Huntsville

The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama has preserved over 3,400 acres of open space in Madison County including the 600+ acre Monte Sano Preserve on Monte Sano Mountain and the 500+ acre Wade Mountain Preserve in Northwest Huntsville. Leisurely walks and challenging hikes, wildflower trails and natural springs make the preserve a great place to experience the great Alabama outdoors.

The Nature Conservancy - The Alabama Chapter

The Nature Conservancy is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Globally, the Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres since its formation in 1951. The Alabama chapter was formed in 1989; more than 149,000 acres of conservation land have been protected in the state, including 17 owned preserves. Continue »

Parks & Recreation Facilities
Monte Sano State Park

Monte Sano State Park affords stunning vistas from the top of the mountain just east of Downtown. Stroll mountaintop trails, have a family picnic and visit the Japanese garden and teahouse. The 14 renovated cabins and 89 campsites are great for weekend getaways.

Ditto Landing

Wheeler reservoir has more than 60,000 acres of adventurous playground. There are ample facilities for boats of all sizes. Nestled in the shaded comfort of densely wooded lots, the campground is cool, peaceful, and just a moments walk from an abundance of fun-filled activities.

Green Mountain Nature Trail

Green Mountain Nature Trail is the perfect place to encounter the elusive beauty of nature in her undisturbed state. 16-acre lake, wooded paths, picnic pavilion, chapel, covered bridge and Braille Trail. The Nature Trail is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, and offers tables for picnickers, picturesque scenery for camera buffs, outdoor classrooms for students, and an abundance of plants and wildlife for all nature lovers in general.

Southern Adventures

Family amusement park, attractions for everyone. Miniature golf, bumper cars, batting cages, carnival rides, go-karts, arcade, waterpark, concessions. New full-swing golf, rock-climbing wall. Amazon Café. Available to large groups.

Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex

One of the finest dual-rink facilities in Southeast, used for hockey, figure skating and general public access. Year 'round facility, with pro shop, party rooms, equipment services and more.


Madison County Lake

15 miles northeast of Huntsville, 105-acre, public fishing lake, offers concessions, picnic facilities, grills, rentals & bait shop. Fishing license & daily permit required.

For reservations call 256-379-2868 or Fax 256-379-2151 Open Daily from sunrise to sunset, except December and January, when it is open Friday-Sunday only. Closed Wednesday

Directions: County Lake Road near Gurley 2501 County Lake Rd.
Contact: (256) 776-4905
[email protected]


Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Hampton Cove Golf Course is the northern gateway to Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, featuring 54-holes of world-class golf. The course offers 36-holes of championship golf and an 18-hole par three short course.

Regional Recreation Facilities
Lake Guntersville State Park
Guntersville, Marshall County

Lodge, 20 chalets, 15 cottages and 18-hole golf on mountain. Camping and cabins on lake. Picnicking, tennis. More than 30 mi./48 km of hiking trails. American bald eagle winter home—educational programs in January.

Cathedral Caverns State Park
Grant, Marshall County

Cathedral Caverns, 40 minutes east of Huntsville, contains wide chambers, an impressive stalagmite "forest" & a massive 60 foot-tall column with a girth of 200 feet. Fossils of sea life estimated at 220 million years old dot the walls.

Bankhead National Forest and the Sipsey Wilderness Area
Double Springs, Winston County

One of the deep South's finest pockets of deep woods, Alabama's William B. Bankhead National Forest has a potential for adventure and natural beauty you'd expect of a bigger, wilder place. The forest's 180,000 acres encompass pine-clad and hardwood forest, burbling streams, deep gorges wildlife. Bankhead is part of the Warrior Mountains, the western terminus of the Appalachian Mountains; before Europeans arrived, the forests here had been hunted for some 12,000 years by the Choctaw and Cherokee peoples.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Decatur, Morgan County

Orientation video, observation building. 2 short walking trails. 10,000-sq.-ft. interpretive center with wildlife and habitat exhibits. Best wildlife viewing is 1 to 2 hours before sunset in Dec. - Feb.

Point Mallard Park
Decatur, Morgan County

Point Mallard lies hidden among North Alabama's wooded pines, the 500-acre family recreational park lets you get in touch with nature 365 days a year. Play 18 holes of golf on one of the South's best golf course, stay in the 25-acre, wooded campground, visit the water Park home of America's first wave pool, cool off in the indoor ice skating rink, or simply enjoy nature on the hiking trails.

Joe Wheeler State Park
Rogersville, Lauderdale County

Cabins, 18-hole golf course, camping, marina, boat rentals, overnight docking. Picnic/day-use area: group pavilions, picnic area with grills, playground equipment, sandy beach, fishing, hiking, tennis, basketball, horseshoes. Convention facilities at resort lodge.

Wilson Dam Visitor Center

Muscle Shoals, Colbert County

See TVA's biggest hydroelectric plant, discover how it works, experience past and present at the video wall, touch a turbine, plumb the Tennessee River system, and even make your own electricity.

DeSoto State Park and Lodge/DeSoto Falls/Little River Canyon
Fort Payne, DeKalb County

One of deepest gorges east of Mississippi River. Falls plunge 104 ft. Dense woodlands, seasonal wildflowers, spectacular views. Restaurant, meeting rooms, motel, chalets, cabins, campground, picnic area, nature center, hiking, pool. ADA-accessible playground, boardwalk trail.


Noccalula Falls and Park
Gadsden, Etowah County

Falls cascade 90 feet over Lookout Mountain ledge into lush ravine. Home to Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge, park features botanical garden, pioneer homestead, nature trails, picnic areas. Year-round campground. Train ride, petting zoo.


Information on this Recreation page taken in part from the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce website.
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