Old Railroad Bed Trail
The Land Trust's Monte Sano Preserve consists of over 1,120 acres with 18 miles of public trails
The Land Trust's Monte Sano Preserve consists of over 1,120 acres with 18 miles of public trails. Each and every acre is preserved for our enjoyment now and for future generations.\
Old Railroad Bed Trail: One of the first 500 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Projects. Good for new hikers or the whole family, history comes alive on Monte Sano (Mountain of Health). The Old Railroad Bed Trail preserves what is left of the path of the steam locomotive that traved from the Huntsville Depot to the (no longer standing) Hotel Monte Sano from 1888 to 1896. Hikers will enjoy a numbered tour of the remaining hand-hewn trestles. Descriptive brochures are available at The Land Trust office.
Directions: Google Directions
Monte Sano Preserve Bankhead Parking Lot:\ From University Drive and Memorial Parkway, follow Pratt Avenue East, through Five Points business district. Continue through Five Points on Pratt and continue straight as Pratt changes to Bankhead Parkway. Parking lot is 1/2 mile past Toll Gate Road, on the right. Access to Bluff Line, Toll Gate, Old Railroad Bed, Fagan Springs and Old Railroad Bed trails.
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|Miles||Trail Name||Short Description|
|0||Land Trust Loop||Loop along the western side of Monte Sano Mountain|
|1||McKay Hollow Trail||Trail down the ridge of Monte Sano Mountain to O'Shaughnessy Point|
|1||South Plateau Loop Trail||Trail around the southern plateau of Monte Sano Mountain|
|1||North Plateau Loop Trail||Trail along the northern plateau of Monte Sano Mountain|
|1||Stone Cuts Trail||Named for the deep cuts in the limestone walls along a portion of the trail|