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Land Trust of North Alabama opens seventh preserve

The Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve is 371 acres, just east of Huntsville.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 8:16 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 8:28 PM

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend by exploring Land Trust of North Alabama's newest public preserve. Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve is located just east of Huntsville on HWY 72. The 371 acre property features hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Right now, a little over 3 miles of trails are ready and open to explore. According to the Land Trust, future plans for the property include approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails, a disc golf course, and group camping sites.

Construction is underway on the 1,920 square foot, open-air Terry Education Pavilion. When complete it will provide a space for the Land Trust to expand their environmental education offerings and serve as a community gathering space for large groups. The Land Trust hopes public and private schools and other child-centered organizations (such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, and YMCA) will take advantage of the facility for hands-on outdoor environmental education programs.

Donations from the Terry Family, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and Vulcan Materials Company provided funding for construction of the pavilion.

This is the Land Trust of North Alabama's seventh preserve. The property is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Trail maps are available here.

The preserve is located at 1263 U.S. Hwy 72 East, Huntsville, AL. If you're driving from Huntsville, cross Chapman Mountain and make a u-turn at Moores Mill Road. When safe, get into the merge lane on the right (plenty of time). When the silver guard rail ends, be ready to turn right onto the paved entrance. Drive through the gate and down the gravel road to the parking area at the bottom of the hill.

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