Wade Mountain Nature Preserve Trail System

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Trail Distance: 11 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 675 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Looking for a furrific place to take your four legged hiking buddy? Then Grab the leash and head over to the Wade Mountain Nature Preserve. The pawsome trail system here winds through 843 acres of beautiful terrain, so your pooch will have plenty of room to roam.

The network is made up of 11 miles of trails that weave throughout the preserve. They range from under a half a mile up to two miles. Choose one that best suits your pup’s energy level. It’s possible to create a loop by combining some of the trails. 

If you begin your hike at the Spragins Hollow Trailhead, be prepared for a sharp incline right out of the gate. The Devil’s Racetrack Trail darts up the side of a limestone outcropping, then levels off once you reach the top. At the summit, your pooch can soak in the sweeping views and sniff through the tall grass and wildflowers. A few other trails diverge from Devil’s Racetrack. They aren’t as steep and are worth checking out since they lead to some cool caves.

The Wade Mountain Trailhead is located on the western edge of the preserve on Pulaski Pike. From here, you can cross the relatively flat Wade Mountain Greenway before connecting with the other trails. If your doggo wants to see some waterfalls, hop on the Bostick Trail. Cotton Valley Trail passes a few marshes, or you can traverse the mountain’s summit on Wade Mountain Trail. Basically, you can’t go wrong while hiking in the preserve.

Before setting off, make sure your water bottles are filled to the brim. You and your pup will definitely need some water breaks while on your adventure. Don’t forget to bring clean up bags, and some trail snacks wouldn’t hurt. Make no mistake; your furry friend will go mutts over these trails!

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Forest, Mountains, Grassland
Cave, Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers
Cautions & Considerations
Keep in mind that all trails are multi-use, which means you will probably encounter some mountain bikers or equestrians. Help your pooch yield as appropriate.
Address
Spragins Hollow Rd NW
Huntsville, AL 35810
Hours
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Address
Spragins Hollow Rd NW
Huntsville, AL 35810
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset