According to the U.S. News & World Report, Huntsville is the third-best place to live in the United States. It’s obvious that Huntsville is a lively city with many offerings. One of those offerings is the variety of places you can hike. Next time you want to enjoy nature or get some physical activity, give these spots a try!
Pro Tip: Before attempting these hikes, be sure that you are prepared with the proper equipment, footwear, and water supply.
Stone Cuts is located at the top of Monte Sano State Park. There are 4 trails that total a 2.4-mile hike. Sights include rock formations and tunnels millions of years old. Stone Cuts is considered to be a moderately difficult hike, so if you want a completely stress-free experience, you may want to consider another on the list.
Similar to Stone Cuts, Plateau Loop is also located at the Monte Sano State Park, on the opposite side of the mountain. If you’re looking for an easy hike where you can walk, run, bike, and bring your dog (on a leash) give Plateau Loop a try! There are two trails: North and South Plateau Loop. Both trails begin at the hiker’s parking lot on Nolen Avenue, making it easy to choose if you want to do both of the trails or just one.
Located 16 miles southeast of Huntsville in Gurley, the lost sink trail at the Keel Mountain Nature Preserve takes you on a 2.2-mile adventure that leads to a 100-foot sinkhole decorated with moss and a trickling waterfall. Be mindful of the sinkhole and extremely careful. Falling in is an easy way to ruin your hike!
Neversink Pit Cave
The Neversink Pit is located about an hour east of Huntsville, but it’s well worth it if you’re an experienced hiker. Like the Lost Sink hike, the Neversink Pit is a 1-mile hike that leads to a sinkhole. The main difference between the two is that the Neversink Pit sinkhole is considerably larger, coming in at 162 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Wow! Be advised: this hike is considered difficult and rocky. If you are not confident in your hiking abilities, do not attempt. If you would like to hike the pit, you will need to obtain a permit from the Southeastern Cave Conservancy.
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