Plentiful Places to Play
One place to start is with The Land Trust of Huntsville & North Alabama, which maintains and protects more than 4,000 acres of open space. The properties include the 600-acre Monte Sano State Preserve, the 500-acre Wade Mountain Preserve and Three Caves Quarry to go spelunking in. Families also can enjoy a number of public parks in and around Huntsville. Big Spring International Park is the center of downtown activity and is ideal for relaxing strolls, picnics or just feeding the ducks. A block away is Bicentennial Park, dedicated in 2005 to mark the 200th anniversary of the area’s founding by pioneer John Hunt. Brahan Spring Park is known for its wide range of recreational opportunities, from tennis to Frisbee golf. Judy Ryals, president and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, says that the area’s geographical location along the southern foothills of the Appalachians opens the door for many outdoor activities. For solitude, she recommends the 72-acre Madison County Nature Trail atop Green Mountain or the 2,000-acre Monte Sano State Park.