I love this trail, especially at night when you reach the clearing. You are able to look the beautiful sight of the lights of Huntsville and little bit of Madison. There is also a small rock that you have to climb/jump onto where it is a great spot to Stargaze.
Great hike for getting the heart rate up! Trail is immediately up from start and changes to rolling, rocky trail through woods all the way to Carl T Jones where you can extend the hike by crossing the road and continuing on Bill and Marion Certain Trail, or turn back.
Zachary G. on Bill and Marion Certain Trail
Probably one of my favorite quick in town hike-walks. For an experienced hiker this is definitely rated easy. The hike itself takes no time at all, but provides one of the best views of the Huntsville area once you get out to the power line pass area where the trees have been cleared. Worth checking out if you get a chance.
Zachary G. on Fanning Trail
Parked down by the Southeast Church of the Nazarene, there's a good trail head. The trail itself is very clear with lots of markers and quite a few benches provided along the first half or so of the uphill. Overall the trail had interesting rock formations, forest views, and plants, but no scenic overlooks. There was one bench that looked out over a little bluff, but the view was obscured by the leafy trees, maybe it's more scenic in the cooler seasons.
It took us about 2.5 hours to get from the church trail head out to the little split that goes down towards the Blevin's Gap parking-lot and back at a pretty leisurely pace while I used a stick in front of me to clear spider webs.
This is a great hike in the area. Once you get away from the road, it is very quiet and features lovely views. My boyfriend and I loved the benches at the overlooks where we could sit comfortably and enjoy the views. One short part of the trail was overgrown. Overall, very enjoyable hike. We'll be doing this one again.