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Wade Mountain Nature Preserve Trail System

Location Within northern city limits of Huntsville, AL
State(s) Alabama
Counties Madison
Type Equestrian Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Urban Trail
Length 9.40 Miles / 15.13 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Jogger On Devils Racetrack, Wade Mountain Nature Preserve
Jogger On Devils Racetrack, Wade Mountain Nature Preserve

Land Trust of North Alabama's Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is currently 843 acres with eight miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. (Note: Wade Mountain is currently the *only* Land Trust Preserve upon which horses are allowed.) A National Recreation Trails grant was awarded in the late 90's and used for trailhead construction.

The geology of Wade Mountain influences the area's microclimate which may be considered almost semi-arid. The land is steep and is composed primarily of highly eroded limestone capped by a layer of sandy soil (Hartselle Sandstone). Water drains the area quickly, leaving little for the plants. 
Therefore, the variety of plants is somewhat different from those typical of the area and most are smaller than normal. The white ash, cedar, hickory, and scrub glade supports unique species, including wild turkeys.

As in most karst topography, there are numerous small but unusual sinkholes and solution cavities. Six springs, four of them intermittent or wet weather springs, flow from the limestone cavities, and there are two waterfalls. Wade Mountain and its springs are the headwaters of Pinhook Creek, which feeds into Huntsville Spring Branch in the heart of Huntsville. Six caves are known on the Preserve.

The Preserve includes the Devil's Race Track, a significant geologic feature located on the eastern lobe and which has one of the best views of north Huntsville, with views to Ten (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


East Trailhead: From Alabama I65, take exit 340 and drive east toward Huntsville. Take exit 19B for US-231 N/US-431 N/Memorial Parkway. Merge onto N Memorial Parkway. Drive north on Memorial Pkwy. past Alabama A&M University (app. 2.6 miles). Turn left onto Hollow Road which is the first road north of Winchester Road. Turn right on Spragins Hollow Road. The Preserve parking lot is on the right, just past the third 90 degree bend in the road.

West Trailhead: From Alabama I-65, take exit 340 and drive east toward Huntsville. Take exit 14 for Research Park Blvd., merge onto AL-255 N. Continue onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Lane. Turn left onto Pulaski Pike NW. Huntsville's Dry Creek Greenway parking lot at 6960 Pulaski Pike will be on the right.
Note: Downloadable trailmaps in PDF format available on


Additional Information

Width: 20 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Grass or Vegetation
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth

Average Grade: 6%

Elevation Low Point: 800

Elevation High Point: 1475

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Andy Prewett
Land Manager
Land Trust of North Alabama
907 Franklin Street
Huntsville , AL 35802
(256) 534-5263

Public Contact:
Cynthia Potts
Executive Director
Land Trust of North Alabama
907 Franklin Street
Huntsville , AL 35801
(256) 534-5263

Trail Management:
Cathie Mayne
Marketing Director
Land Trust of North Alabama
907 Franklin Street
Huntsville , AL 35801
(256) 534-5263


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
2011 spring tornadoes brought down trees. Brochure View/Download
Toyota Community Pavilion for Environmental Educat Photo View/Download
Toyota Volunteers on National Youth Service Day Photo View/Download
Dry Creek Greenway toward Land Trust trails Photo View/Download
Wade Mountain Nature Preserve Spring Photo View/Download
Land Trust of North Alabama Website View/Download
Facebook: Land Trust North Alabama Website View/Download



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