Northern Alabama may not offer you the highest peaks, but several mountains offer some incredible scenery. Whether you love hiking or are just a fan of nature, you’ll find plenty of great outdoor spots to visit in and near Huntsville.
If you’re moving to Huntsville, AL, you might be wondering if there are enough mountains to satisfy your wanderlust. Well, this post covers some of the most popular mountains you can visit in and nearby that will make you feel like you belong here.
The mountains are calling! So, without further ado, let’s dive in:
1. Monte Sano Mountain
The Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville is 1,621 feet above sea level and is home to Monte Sano Nature Preserve and State Park. Monte Sano means “Mountain of Health” in Spanish and now offers many outdoor activities for visitors.
You can enjoy 22 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, dozens of rustic cabins and campground sites, as well as the Von Braun Astronomical Society’s planetarium and observatory.
All in all, there’s so much to do when you visit Monte Sano Mountain that you’ll definitely need multiple visits to fully experience this beautiful spot!
2. Ward Mountain
The 902 ft tall Ward Mountain is just south of the iconic U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The mountain itself is home to an old radio site as well as a cemetery. At the base, you’ll find the Army Health Center.
It may not be the tallest of mountains and may not offer as many attractions as Monte Sano, but it does have a lot of historical significance. By the way, you’ll need access to Redstone Arsenal to visit this one, as well as Weeden and Madkin Mountains below. [Redstone Arsenal has restricted access.]
3. Weeden Mountain
The inspiration for this mountain’s name comes from Huntsville’s very own poet, Maria Howard Weeden. The Weeden Mountain is 1,217 ft. above sea level and is just south of Ward Mountain and north of Madkin Mountain (next on the list).
4. Madkin Mountain
The Madkin Mountain offers the highest point on Redstone Arsenal as it is 1,233 ft. above sea level. It’s also home to a short running trail [no hyphen is needed between short and running. Also trail was misspelled], and it’s also the spot where the infamous 1989 F4 tornado first touched down before moving on to the Whitesburg area.
5. Rainbow Mountain
The Rainbow Mountain is home to the popular Rainbow Mountain trails as well as several Madison County neighborhoods. The mountain itself is 1,145 ft. above sea level.
The site also features some caves, such as the Rainbow Pit Cave. Plus, you can also hike up the Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail!
6. The Lookout Mountain
Lastly, the Lookout Mountain ridge is in northeast Alabama, and the northwest corner of Georgia, running along the Tennessee line in Chattanooga. It’s only a 2-hour drive from Huntsville, and we’ll definitely recommend you make this trip.
The Lookout Mountain ridge is also home to some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find in Alabama, such as the Little River Falls and Canyon and the Cherokee Rock Village in Cherokee County.
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