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Monte Sano State Park

Huntsville, AL

Monte Sano State Park is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Huntsville, Alabama. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for mountain biking.

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Monte Sano State Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen... Definitely going back soon

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madison nature trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Beautiful walk! Music in the lodge, a nice trail around the lake with a lot of side trails and places for the dog to swim. Very enjoyable and easy walk. Great features!

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madison nature trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a very beautiful park and trail with an old log cabin and a covered bridge.

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South Plateau Loop
by John Stanton

8 Completed 8 Reviews

This is a long, virtually flat, trail that covers the entire south end of the Monte Sano Plateau. You may meet Mountain Bikes on this trail, but they typically use this trail as an intermediary to connect to the Bucca Family Trail, also located on the South Plateau of the mountain. You will see several interesting vistas, the most popular being O'Shaughnessy Point at the midway point of the trail. You will have a great view of Dug Hill Road, the lower mountain and valley from this point. There a couple of rest shelters located on this trail, which may be handy if you aren't fully prepared for a suprise shower. The trail is fully blazed as the trail travels south, but is in the process of being blazed for those who attack the trail from the opposite direction. Blazes will be complete in the coming months, for both directions. This trail is clearly visible and well marked with signs, so the blazes shouldn't be an issue for most experience hikers.

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Monte Sano Sinks Trail
by John Stanton

8 Completed 8 Reviews

I hike this trail frequently throughout the year. As some have mentioned, this trail basically parallels the Mountain Mist Trail a little east and lower on the Monte Sano Plateau. This trail is used less frequently by Mountain Bikes, but they do visit the trail from time to time. This trail is, however, shorter than Mountain Mist by probably half the distance. It does carry you by several sink holes, some that are more noticeable than others (particularly when the canopy is still on the trees and bushes). Do watch the signs closely as you can end up on the Goat Trail, which will add a considerable distance to your walk. Just look for the signs indicating "Shortest Distance to the Park Office" or something to that effect and you will have a shorter hike. This is an excellent area to be hiked in the morning hours it is on the east side of the mountain.

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Monte Sano Sinks Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

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Mountain Mist Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Excellent trail.

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Monte Sano State Park
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9 Completed 6 Reviews

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Land Trust Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Have done the trail at least 10, maybe more times. A great trail to practice for the AT or Pinholti. Haven't been able in the past 3 years due to 2 knee replacements but plan to go back in May.

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South Plateau Loop
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16 Completed 10 Reviews

Beautiful day and well maintained trail, easier than we usually like. Several other people out today. More like a nature walk than a hike.

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