Huntsville Living
The City of Huntsville, Alabama is well known as a high-tech city, but healthy living and outdoor recreation are an important part of our leisure time!

If you don't enjoy the great outdoors, please look away quickly! If not, you just might be inspired to put on a pair of walking shoes and join us in a bit of outdoor fun . . .

Boating and Water Sports

The Tennessee River is undoubtedly the greatest natural resource of the city of Huntsville. Conveniently accessed by both Ditto Marina park and Whitesburg Marina, the river offers full enjoyment of water sports as well as facilities for gatherings and camping. Become blissfully unaware of the hustle of city life on the southern edge of the city!

Ditto Landing Marina
Photo Courtesy of Charlie Lai
Whitesburg Bridge from Ditto Landing
Ditto Landing
293 Ditto Landing Rd.
Huntsville, AL 35803
256 882-1057

Ditto Landing
 is Huntsville's premier destination for any and all water related, outdoor recreation. Ditto is easily accessed by car, but is also the start, end or turn around point for walkers and cyclists traveling the Aldridge Creek Greenway. 

For those who simply wish to sit at the edge of the river and watch an amazing sunset or for those who are ready to dive into the action of fishing or boating, this is the place to be! This is a place where memories are made and you never know what nature will share with you on your visit!

Sprawling across a massive 560 acres, Ditto not only provides access to the TN River, (both wet and dry boat storage and launching are available,) but is also laced with natural inlets for those who prefer a more secluded, shoreline fishing spot. Picnic areas, large fields, 2 pavilions, boat rentals, restrooms, a camp ground and an abundance of wildlife round out the many opportunities for family fun, water sports and peaceful relaxation in the great outdoors of south Huntsville! 

Whitesburg Marina

As the smaller of the two marinas, Whitesburg Marina offers river front green space with picnic tables, an accessible dock, full concessions, restrooms and lower cost boat storage options. Situated on the scenic point of the property, Whitesburg also offers an indoor / outdoor facility with kitchen which is available for rent for gatherings or receptions. Both wet and dry boat storage and launching are available.

Golf Courses

Becky Peirce Golf Course (Huntsville Municipal) 
2151 Airport Rd, Huntsville AL 35801
(256) 880-1151

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove
450 Old Highway 431, Owens Crossroads, AL 35763
(256) 551-1818
The Ledges Country Club
32 Castle Down Dr, Huntsville AL 35802
(256) 883-4191

The Links at Redstone
Building 4140 Goss Rd
256 842-0042

Valley Hill Country Club
8300 Valley Hill Dr, Huntsville AL 35802
(256) 883-0850

Sunset Landing
346 James Record Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35824
(256) 464-5050

Hiking and Walking Trails

Aldridge Creek Greenway

The Greenway, as it is commonly called, is a 3.5 mile, well maintained, flat, paved trail which follows Aldridge Creek from just north of Mt Gap Rd, south to Ditto Landing. The city plans to extend the trail northward for a total of 4.75 miles. In addition to being popular with bird watchers, greenway users are likely to spot a variety of other wildlife. Walking, jogging, bicycling and rollerblading are allowed. Pets are welcome if they are on a leash!

Certain Tract Trail
Cecil Ashburn Dr, Huntsville AL 35802

The Certain Tract is comprised of 340 acres which include a permanent natural spring and a small population of rare plants. Due to a bit of a climb at the beginning of this 4.25 mile trail, the Certain Tract is the most challenging trail in south Huntsville. However, after the initial incline, the trail levels out and follows the ridge for a smooth walk. 
Getting to the trail requires that you drive up the mountain on Cecil Ashburn and park in the designated lot on the right side of the road (near the top.) 


Madison County Nature Trail 
5000 Nature Trail Road, Huntsville 35803
(256) 883-9501

Located atop Green Mountain in southeast Huntsville, this 72 acre park is undoubtedly the most easily accessible, tranquil spot in Huntsville. The park encompasses a 1.5 mile, unpaved walking trail which winds around Sky Lake, a chapel, a covered bridge, and an abundance of wildflowers. Restrooms are available. If you are a nature lover, you're going to fall in love with this park!

Hay's Nature Preserve Trails

Over 10 miles of trails wind through bottomlands, swamps, and sloughs. These trails are suitable for hiking or mountain biking and may be enjoyed by those who prefer a light physical challenge. Horses are also welcome on the northern trails.


Monte Sano State Park Trails

Monte Sano offers over 14 miles of hiking and biking trails. A short walk from the main trail head will take you to the “NORTH PLATEAU LOOP” and “SOUTH PLATEAU LOOP” which offer stunning vistas of the Tennessee Valley, with mild trail elevation changes.  More serious hikers and bikers might enjoy the “Mountain Mist” and “McKay Hollow” trails. Please keep in mind that this is a 2,400 acre park, so all are encouraged to pick up a trail map at the country store before heading out!

Land Trust of North Alabama
2707 Artie Street, Suite 6
Huntsville, Alabama 35805
(256) 534-5263

Enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, and horseback riding on trails offered by the Land Trust of North Alabama. The Land Trust includes three Nature Preserves which are each larger than Central Park. All All are within Huntsville city limits and are open dawn to dusk. The Land Trust's trail systems were designated "National Recreation Trails," in recognition of, "exemplary trails of local and regional significance." 

 Land Trust of North Alabama Preserves within Huntsville include:


Blevins Gap Nature Preserve

Blevins Gap Nature Preserve is 971.12 acres of scenic vistas, rock overhangs, and pristine forest with an abundance of wildlife. View both the south Huntsville valley and Hampton Cove along the south end of the Bill and Marion Certain Trail. Blevins Gap Nature Preserve Parking Area: From Memorial Parkway go east on Airport Rd.; cross Whitesburg and continue through Jones Valley on Carl T. Jones. At the Four Mile Post/Cecil B. Ashburn light, turn left and go to the top of the mountain. Blevins Gap is at the top (between Huntsville and Green Mountains). A gravel parking area on right is marked by a small Land Trust sign. This point is the access to Smokerise, Sugar Tree, Bill and Marion Certain, West Bluff, Lowery, and Varnedoe Trails.

 Historic Three Caves

The interior of Three Caves is closed due to rockfall. The property is posted NO TRESPASSING and admission to the cave bowl is by permission only. The trails surrounding the cave are open. Three Caves is actually not a cave, but a former limestone mine.

Monte Sano Nature Preserve

The Land Trust’s Monte Sano Nature Preserve consists of over 1,107 acres with 23+ miles of public trails. Each and every acre is preserved for recreation now and for future generations to enjoy.

Trough Springs / South Monte Sano Trailhead

The Trough Springs Trail is the site of the surrender of Lt. Col. “Bushwhacker” Johnston and 150 Confederate soldiers to Union troops one month after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.


Wade Mountain Nature Preserve

Wade Mountain Nature Preserve 
consists of 843 acres with 8.5 miles of trails. You may hike, bike, or ride horses on this Preserve. Wade Mountain Preserve is the only Land Trust Preserve where horses are permitted.


Wildflower Trail on Monte Sano Nature Preserve

Visit in the Spring when this trail is remarkable with wildflowers along Fagan Creek. From Governor’s Drive, go north on California then turn right onto Hermitage Drive. Continue east 9/10 of a mile and turn left on Cleermont. Parking lot is on the left at the end of Cleermont.

Hiking Trails
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