HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced 10 new national recreation trails in eight different states.
“These are properties that are accessible to the community, close to where they live, and opportunities to get outside and enjoy all benefits of what nature has to offer,” Land Trust of North Alabama Marketing Director Melanie Manson told News 19.
Three of those trails are in north Alabama, all of which are operated by Land Trust of North Alabama.
The expansion adds more than 160 miles to the National Trails System.
The Bethel Spring Recreational Preserve Trail System is a 360-acre property on Keel Mountain with 200 acres open to the public for recreation. It offers hikers 1.8 miles of trails, and also features one of Madison County’s largest waterfalls.
Chapman Mountain Recreational Preserve Trail System is a 459-acre property located in east Huntsville. It has 3.28 miles of trails to explore by foot, bike, or even horseback. There is also an 18-hole disk golf course on the preserve.
The third new preserve is the Green Mountain Recreation Preserve Trail System which offers 4.9 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult. It features streams, waterfalls, and a prehistoric Native American camp.
“Trails connect neighborhoods, literally and figuratively,” National Park Service Deputy Director Shawn Benge said in a news release.
Huntsville residents Larry Cole and his wife Peggy say they enjoy the trails in any weather, and that the area deserves the national recognition it is now receiving.
“All the trails are really walkable,” Cole said. “You don’t have to fight through a bunch of greenery and stuff like that. They’re well worn, so we like that. And they’re marked. You can’t get lost. It’s good stuff.”
For more information on these trails and others across the U.S., visit the National Trails System website here.