3 fantastic September hikes in the Huntsville area

September Hikes at Blevins Gap
One of the best September hikes in the area is at Blevins Gap Nature Preserve. (Land Trust of North Alabama)

As the weather starts to cool off (at least a little bit) this month, perhaps you should think about taking advantage of the amazing and scenic nature trails we have right here in the Huntsville area.

This month, the Land Trust of North Alabama is hosting guided hikes on some of the area’s best hiking trails. Reserve your spot today:

Blevins Gap North – Sept. 9

September Hikes Blevins Gap
Blevins Gap has multiple hiking trails, and all of them are beautiful, so this is one of my favorite September hikes. (Land Trust of North Alabama)

This hike is less than a mile long, and probably takes less than an hour to complete, depending on how long the group stops to look around and enjoy the scenery. 

Starting at Fanning Trailhead, located behind the Southeast Church of the Nazarene, this loop trail involves a bit of climbing, though the grade isn’t too steep for most hikers. 

Hickory Cove Nature Preserve – Sept. 16

September Hikes Hickory Cove
One of the longer September hikes by the Land Trust is at Hickory Cove. (Land Trust of North Alabama)

Join local forager Casey Lanier as he leads the group on the Land Trust’s newest preserve, Hickory Cove Nature Preserve.

The route will be determined the day of the event, but expect to spend some time on the paved greenway as well as the Legacy Loop Trail through the woods.

Bethel Spring Nature Preserve – Sept. 24

September Hikes Bethel Springs
Sake one of the LAntrust’s September hikes at Bethel Springs. (Land Trust of North Alabama)

Bethel Spring Nature Preserve has one of the most beautiful waterfalls on any of the Land Trust preserves and one of the largest in Madison County.

This hike will start with an easy walk on the Bethel Creek Loop Trail. Bob Carroll leads this hike, which is moderately difficult due to the elevation, and one of the more difficult September hikes offered by the Land Trust.

What you’ll need to join these hikes

September Hikes
The waterfall at Bethel Springs makes for a beautiful hike. (Land Trust of North Alabama)

A reservation is required to join in on these guided September hikes. You can sign up on the Land Trust of North Alabama website (Land Trust members get first priority on the list for these hikes).

Here are the guidelines:

  • Wear long pants and comfortable shoes with good tread.
  • Bring bottled water.
  • Bring hiking sticks.
  • Pack trail snacks.
  • Bring a camera to capture the experience.
  • Dogs welcome, but must be on leads.

If you are not a member of the Land Trust of North Alabama, you can join here.

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Michael Seale
Michael Seale
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