Hiking in Monte Sano State Park

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Following the North Plateau trail from the trailhead Photo
The closed park road past the overlook Photo
This sign marks the beginning of the Sinks Trail from the park road Photo
Junction of the Sinks and Mountain Mist Trails Photo
Stone Cuts Trail - Monte Sano State Park
by CarlNelson on Feb 25, 2012
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 4.4 miles
Start at the main Monte Sano trailhead following the blue-blazed North Plateau Trail, cross the entry road, pass by the park office on your right, and then keep the picnic pavilion on your left until reaching the overlook.  At the north end of the overlook, do not follow the North Plateau Trail, but go through the vehicle barrier across the road.  (From this point on, trail signage is clear and easy to...
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Water drips from bluff Photo
Looking down from the rock ledge at the boulders Photo
Looking up the mountain at the same boluders Photo
Monte Sano State Park - Natural Well Trail
by rgetman on Sep 23, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
We hiked to Natural Well from the Monte Sano picnic area.  The trail descends about 800 feet then ascends another 600 feet  with lots of ups and downs to arrive at this unique and amazing natural rock formation.  The Natural Well formation is actually a pit cave.  This initial drop is about 200 feet, and I'm sure it connects to some amazing caves inside the  mountain.  There is a fence to keep you safe,...
The main Monte Sano trailhead Photo
Crossing the entry road Photo
The trail going behind the pavilion Photo
Overlook Photo
North Plateau Loop - Monte Sano State Park
by CarlNelson on Feb 25, 2012
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 2.1 miles
From the main trailhead, I crossed the entry road to the gravelled and bordered pathway going by the park office.  The trail passes by a picnic pavilion reaches an overlook before circling behind the Von Braun observatory.  Two large cabins are along the trail on the north side.  The path crosses the Fire Tower Trail and the park entrance, and then reaches an overlook at the McKay Hollow trailhead.  I wound around...
Overlook Photo
Limestone Rock Photo
Limestone Wall Photo
Limestone Rock Photo
Mountain Mist Trail - Montesano State Park
by DanyLo on Nov 07, 2010
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 4.6 miles
We started from the hikers parking lot. There are two ways to find the trail from here. One is just crossing the street and taking the North Plateau loop, the other is to turn right on the street, walk a few yards and turn left on the trail (it should be signed). We did the first option. The trail took us to the overlook point (reachable with the car too), the sky...
River Photo
Blue Spring Waterfall Photo
Blue Spring Waterfall Photo
Rock wall Photo
McCay Hollow Trail - Montesano State Park
by DanyLo on Sep 18, 2010
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
We took the McCay Hollow trail from the pavilion south of the parking lot. The first part is particularly steep. Right on our left at the beginning of the trail we saw the Blue Spring waterfalls, very dry due to the season. We went down in the valley, the trail then follows the river crossing it some times. Because of time constraints instead of following the McCay Hollow trail up to O'Shaughnessy point we...
Extremely long Black Racer Photo
Trail head at Hiker's parking lot Photo
Fork for South Plateau Loop Photo
Fork for South Plateau Loop Photo
South Plateau Loop, Monte Sano State Park
by Becks-World on Oct 23, 2011
Huntsville, AL, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 3.3 miles
The South Plataeu Loop is an easy 3.5 mile loop on level terrain.  The trail starts in the hiker's parking lot at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL just a short drive (10-15 minutes tops) from downtown Huntsville.  Follow the white blazes carefuly.  There are a number of intersecting trails and if you are not carefull you could end up with a very different destination.  This a great trail for beginner hikers. ...
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North Plateau Loop
by jennifer19836 on Oct 14, 2011
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 1.9 miles
Just starting out with using the EveryTrail app on my iphone so we did one of the easiest trails on Monte Sano. We started at the hiker's parking lot and headed in the direction of the Lodge. Its a great trail for beginners (such as myself) and we brought the dogs along and they had no problems as well! 
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Monte Sano - McCay Hollow
by redtetrahedron on Mar 12, 2011
Mountain Heights, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 4.4 miles
Trail Map Photo
Down hill Photo
Box Turtle Photo
Side of sink hole Photo
Monte Sano State Park - The Sinks Trail
by rgetman on Jun 17, 2012
Mountain Heights, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 2.2 miles
I took my son and a friend of his on "The Sinks" trail at Monte Sano State Park. We saw the awesome sink hole that drains the area. Unfortunately it was filled with debris, so no great pictures here. 
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Sinks Trail @ Monte Sano
by jfletch on Oct 24, 2011
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
Followed the Sinks Trail signs from the hiker's parking lot. The trail itself is somewhat difficult to walk on-it is mostly tree root and rocks-but was manageable. Lots of rock formations to see and a few sink holes as well. A slightly more advanced trail than the North or South Plateau Loops but can be done quickly while keeping a good pace. The Sink Trail itself dead-ends on the Old Bankhead Road,...
Valley View from Monte Sano State Park Photo
Trail marker for McKay Hollow Trail Photo
Warning sign at trailhead Photo
Dry creek bed Photo
Natural Wells
by Becks-World on Jul 04, 2011
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
This trip started at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL.  The trailhead begins by the picnic pavilion.  To find the trailhead you have to go to the bluff and you will see a small pavillion to the right.  The trailhead is just to the right where there is a sign warning of dangerous bluffs.  The trail is actually McKay Hollow trail that merges with the Natural Wells trail.  You can also...
The Trail Photo
Trail Marker Photo
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Monte Sano State Park - Stone Cuts Trail
by rgetman on Jul 08, 2012
Huntsville, AL - Alabama, USA
Hiking | 2.5 miles
Beautiful (hot) day for a morning hike with my older son.  I had a hint that the Stone Cuts trail would take us by some dramatic outcroppings of rock, but I never expected to have to go through a series of rock tunnels.  A couple of them were rather long and dark, making me wish I had brought a flashlight.  (You never know what is lurking in the dark.)
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The Sinks
by Becks-World on Apr 07, 2013
Mountain Heights, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles
The Sinks are known for their Bluebell show in early spring.  We were treated to a carpet of flowers on arrival.  The photos really do not do justice to their beauty.  Start at the bikers parking lot at Monte Sano State park and head down on the Sinks Trail.  Start checking on flowers in the park mid-March on .  The Buebells as I understand are a later bloomer.  
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Stonecuts
by jenlouhen on May 11, 2014
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Monte Sano - Plateau Loop
by Buzzregog on Oct 23, 2011
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Misc Trails
by jfletch on Nov 09, 2011
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 2.7 miles
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Monte Sano (Old road to lookout)
by alatarheel on Jul 04, 2014
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
A rare low humidity July 4th allowed for a great morning hike up the mountain. This trail includes a nice gradual incline up the old road, which is mostly paved with lots of tree cover. We came back down Mountain Mist Trail, which is a nice hike through the woods. 
Fire tower trail
by zhulong on Mar 30, 2013
Mountain Heights, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles
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Bankhead Pky (Closed) To Sinks Trl, Monte Sano Mtn
by chesebm on Mar 10, 2013
Oak Park, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 2.7 miles
Start at the junction of Bankhead Pkwy and Fearn (the hairpin turn)—parking along the shoulder.  Take the closed Bankhead Pkwy up to the entrance of Sinks (about 1.3 mi) on the left.  It’s steep down to the junction of Sinks and Mtn Mist.Take a left at Mtn Mist and follow it back to the Closed Bankhead Pkwy, entering the Pkwy about 0.2 miles from where you park.
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Monte Sano - McCay Hollow
by redtetrahedron on Apr 03, 2011
Mountain Heights, Alabama, United States
Hiking | 4.6 miles