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Map of Suggested Routes for Trails in Monte Sano State Park

Map of Suggested Route at Wade Mt.

Description of Monte Sano Trails

Just starting out? Looking for easy riding on trails that the whole family can enjoy?

  • Monte Sano State Park: (PDF)
    • Family Biking Trail: ~4.9 mile long single track on top on the mountain.
    • Gravel road: ~1.5 mile out and back. You can even continue past the gravel on flat double track to the overlook at O'Shaugnessee Point.
  • Hayes Nature Preserve (link to
    • Near Hampton Cove, and the Flint River there are miles of flat smooth dirt trails including board walks.
  • Wheeler Wildlife Refuge: (GIF image)
    • There are many miles of dirt roads along the Tennessee River running through Wheeler Wild Life Refuge. 12, 7.8, and 5 mile loops available.
    • Located off of Joly B Rd. at the end of County Line Rd. on the border of Limestone and Madison counties. Exit off I-565 at Wal-Triana. Follow South until you hit County Line Rd. Dirt parking lot is about a mile down on the gravel section of Joly B. Watch for closed gates, just go around them.
    • NOTE: Hunting is allowed on the Refuge. Roads can be open to car traffic.

More Advanced Trails: Want the next level?

  • Monte Sano State Park: (PDF)
    • Basically anything off the plateau
    • Only 1 mile long and with easy bail points try the North Plateau Loop/Fire Tower Trail circuit.
  • Monte Sano Preserve (Land Trust): (PDF)
    • West side of Monte Sano: trails ranging for all abilities
  • Wade Mountain (Land Trust): (link to land trust)
    • Good mixture of technical rock gardens, rock features, and smooth single track.
    • Northwest part of town.
  • Blevins Gap (Land Trust): (JPG Image)
    • Good mixture of very technical rock gardens, rock features, and smooth single track.
    • Extremely difficult/Hike-a bike section with trail going over cliff drops of several feet. This section is not recommended. See map.
    • Bypass around above is to local neighborhood
    • Southeast part of town.
  • Pine Torch Trail (Bankhead National Forest) (link to Alabama Mountain Biking)
    • Located 60 miles west of Huntsville
    • Shared with horses and hikers.
  • ORV Trail at Bankhead National Forest (JPG image) (Map adapted from Shoals ATV Riders)
    • ATV trails. 11 & 5 mile loops
    • Somewhat rocky in places, but also lots of sand. Big bermed corners and lots of straight-aways
    • Very fast and open, can be dangerous with two-way traffic. BE CAREFUL around blind corners!

Expert Trails

  • Hurricane Ridge Park: (link to Hurricane Creek Park)
    • Freeriding / downhiller mecca for Alabama.
    • These are expert only trails. 4+ miles, plus more to come.
    • Exit 318 off I-65, South on US-31 for a mile. Look for gravel lot on left.
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