Spending time outside is a big part of life in Huntsville. It doesn’t matter if you hike, swim, walk or run, there are plenty of cool places to explore in this town.
Big Spring Park– This 18 acre downtown Huntsville landmark is the perfect place to feed ducks or have a picnic. It’s also home to many big annual events throughout the year, including Panoply Arts Festival, Concerts in the Park, Big Spring Crush, Tinsel Trail and more.
Brahan Spring Park- Home to the Everybody Can Play playground and a new splashpad, Brahan Spring Park also includes a recreation center and natatorium for year-round swimming.
Dublin Memorial Park– A shining star in Madison, AL, Dublin Park’s 60 acres include indoor and outdoor pools, kids space playground, disc golf, recreational facility, tennis courts and walking trails.
Sharon Johnston Park– Thanks to this 250 acre forested park, you can fish, swim in an olympic size swimming pool, and play soccer all in one afternoon.
Hiking Trails & Greenways
Land Trust of North Alabama– A member-supported non-profit dedicated to preservation, the Land Trust oversees several nature reserves and the Historic Three Caves site, backdrop to some of the coolest events in Huntsville.
Monte Sano State Park– Just 5 miles from downtown Huntsville, this 2,140 acre mountaintop retreat boasts 20 miles of hiking trails plus a playground, disc golf, hiking and mountain biking trails, scenic overlooks, picnic areas, rustic cottages and modern campsites.
Madison County Nature Trail– A convenient escape from urban life, this 1.5 mile walking trail surrounds Sky Lake. It offers a park pavilion, chapel, picnic tables, covered bridge, and accessible restrooms.
Here is a complete list of Huntsville area Parks, Greenways and Trails.
Your pup will love visiting these just-for-them parks.
- Astro Dog Park at Southside Park (opening March 28, 2015)
- Huntsville City Dog Spot
- Indian Creek Greenway Dog Park
- Mill Creek Dog Park
Here are 4 places guaranteed to entertain your little ones.
Everybody Can Play Playground at Brahan Springs Park– When the temps hit 100 degrees, cool off in the splash pad at the Everybody Can Play Playground, where everyone- regardless of physical limitations- can play.
Terrame Natural Playground at Hays Nature Preserve– This 1 ¼ acre playground became the first Arbor Day Foundation certified Nature Explore Classroom in Alabama. Explore rocks, logs and bridges shaded by lots of trees.
Kids Kingdom at Dublin Park– Located in Madison, Kids Kingdom is a large shaded park with picnic tables and a pavilion and a wide variety of equipment.
Kids Space– Located in SE Huntsville, Kids Space is a favorite for it’s variety of equipment and abundance of shade. Picnic tables are on site and the equipment is unique enough to entertain a wide range of ages.